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Business Standards Ethics for the HR Professional

 

Learn the importance of ethics in human resources and put ethics at the top of your priority list.

Most HR specialists truly intend to act with honesty and integrity, but the ethical landscape can be more complicated than most can foresee. Ethical landmines await the unwitting and the unprepared human resource manager. Ethical dilemmas occur when competing values are involved or when multiple stakeholders (employees, managers, supervisors, the company, etc.) have diverging interests. Ethical standards may pull an HR specialist in opposite directions. No option satisfies all ethical needs. There is more bad news. The decision to act ethically often carries a high personal price for the HR manager, the employee, or the employer. Ethical conduct and a need for courage are frequently inseparable. It is hard to act ethically when you are the one who will pay the cost of integrity, but it can be even harder when a co-worker or family will suffer. Ethics education must be an ongoing and committed part of any Human Resource practice. Future HR leaders must be trained to recognize and confront difficult ethical issues. This topic will scan the ethical landscape and help HR professionals to recognize, identify, and be prepared for common ethical traps. It will survey ethical foundations, general principles of ethical business behavior, business and employees, business and customers/public, and business and investors.

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William J. Russell, J.D., M.B.A.

William J. Russell, J.D., M.B.A.

Northwest Nazarene University

  • Served at NNU as professor of business law and business ethics
  • Taught ethics, law and entrepreneurship in graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Served as general counsel, assoc. vice president for advancement, executive director for community & governmental relations, assoc. Dean of the College of Business, assistant to the president, and director of the NNU M.B.A. program
  • 2010 recipient of the International Award for Teaching Excellence from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), members include 650 institutions from 40 countries
  • Practiced law as a civil litigator in Boise for 16 years, and then joined Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation (an NYSE company) and its subsidiary as general counsel and vice president
  • Left Gulf and after two years in a consulting practice at KPMG Peat Marwick founded an international consulting company with clients worldwide, which assisted over 70 large U.S. and international companies with nonlitigated solutions to specialized complex business disputes
  • He sold his company to join NNU
  • During a recent 18 month hiatus from NNU, he served as vice president for Transacction Partners, a cloud-based business financial outsourcing company which worked for churches, nonprofit, and profit organizations
  • Consulted with major corporations and international and local organizations on strategic planning, risk management, governance, and other business matters
  • Most popular speaking topic is “Thinking Like Warren Buffett,” a topic which he has been invited to address over three dozen times
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