The M&I Center for Business Ethics supports an educational framework that engages Lubar students in serious thought about issues of ethics and ethical ideals that they can apply as business leaders and professionals.

Fostering enhancement of the business ethics curriculum, experiential student learning, and recognition of individuals who manage with integrity, the M&I Center is committed to the promotion of business ethics as critical to the success of the market-driven economy.

Business Ethics Week

The M&I Center for Business Ethics hosts Business Ethics Week during the spring semester to provide a special focus on the many facets of ethical behavior and integrity in the business organization.

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics (Webinar) – April 8, 2024

Featuring: Ramayya Krishnan, Dean and W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information systems and Public Policy

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already transforming our lives. As companies and states are increasing their investments in AI, both hopes and fears have come to the forefront. On one hand, AI could help us live longer, better, and more productive and creative lives. On the other hand, AI has also evoked concerns about profound risks to humanity, such as misinformation, inequality, and eroded social stability. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy will address AI and Ethical Issues in a fireside conversation with Kaushal Chari, Dean of UWM’s Lubar College of Business. Dean Krishnan serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) and is an expert on socially responsible applications of AI.

Click here to view the presentation.

Securing Your Future in the Future of Work – April 19, 2024

Featuring: Michael J. Fenlon, Ph.D, Chief Future of Work Officer at PwC

Mike has held a variety of senior US and Global leadership roles driving people strategies to enable sustained business outcomes. As Chief Future of Work Officer, he was recognized for expertise in workforce and digital transformation, inclusive culture, leadership development, and employee well-being. He is a former member of the Columbia Business School Executive Education Faculty ranked by The Financial Times as #1 in the world, and Associate Dean for top-rated global executive MBA programs. Mike earned a Ph.D. and three master’s degrees from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Business Ethics Case Competition

The Lubar College’s Business Ethics Case Competition offers Lubar College of Business students an interactive opportunity to challenge your moral reasoning, develop an understanding of the importance of business ethics, and compete for tuition support awards. Student teams collaboratively analyze a thought-provoking case and then present your recommendations to a panel of experienced business educators and professionals.

Workshops and Webinars

Business Ethics Week provides the perfect opportunity to learn from scholars and leaders from other organizations. Through workshops and webinars, the M&I Center seeks to expand the knowledge of students and members of the community on current issues associated with business ethics, and further develop our faculty’s toolbox for incorporating business ethics in their classroom discussions.

Teaching Business Ethics: Workshop for Faculty & Doctoral Students
Friday, April 19, 2024
10:00am – 11:30am

Featuring: Dr. Jennifer J. Griffin, Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Chair in Business Ethics, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University

Dr. Jennifer J. Griffin has received numerous research awards and grants. She is the award-winning author of the Academy of Management 2017 Best Book Award, SIM Division, for her book Managing Corporate Impacts: Co-Creating Value, Cambridge University Press. Among her research awards is Best Paper Award in 20 Years for a ‘Corporate Social Performance and Corporate Financial Performance:  Twenty-five years of Incomparable Research.’  It remains among the most cited articles in Business & Society.

Dr. Jennifer J. Griffin is engaged at all levels of learning (e.g., executive, doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate including online and experiential study abroad courses). She examines how organizations continuously co-create value. Annually, she leads corporate strategy, social impact, and strategy-oriented CSR workshops for Australian, Chilean, and US executives as well as periodically in Brazil, India, and Lebanon.

2023 programming included:

The Ethics of Selling Ineffective Products: The Case of Homeopathy

Friday, April 21, 2023
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Featuring: Jeffrey Moriarty, Professor of Philosophy & Executive Director, Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University

U.S. consumers spend more than $30 billion per year on complementary and alternative medicine. Drawing upon recent findings that many such products are not medically effective, Dr. Moriarty will discuss the practice of selling ineffective products from normative business ethics perspective, as well as the moral limitations of markets.

Teaching Business Ethics: Goals and Objectives – A Workshop for Faculty & Doctoral Students

Friday, April 21, 2023
10:00am – 11:30am

Featuring: Jeffrey Moriarty, Professor of Philosophy & Executive Director, Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University

Jeffrey Moriarty is a Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University. His research focuses on questions of distributive justice in states, organizations, and markets. Publications to feature his work include Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Noûs, and Philosophical Studies. Jeff has taught business and leadership ethics to undergraduate, graduate, and professional audiences. Other teaching interests include political philosophy, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of sport. He is an Associate Editor at Business Ethics Quarterly and served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Business Ethics from 2015 – 2020.

Corporate Ethics Scholarship Awards

The M&I Center for Business Ethics awards two $5,000 scholarships during Business Ethics Week, to be used towards tuition in the following academic year.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of members of the Lubar College of Business faculty and local business leaders. The scholarships seek to reward outstanding Lubar students who excel both in the classroom and beyond and do so despite financial and other constraints. These scholarships are an integral part of fulfilling the mission of the M&I Center to promote and uphold the principles and values of fundamental morality and business ethics among the community.

Deadline to apply will be set early in the spring semester.

Scholarship Criteria

• Full-time Business Undergraduate
• Junior or senior standing in 2023-2024
• Minimum of 3.5 GPA
• Demonstrated financial need – you must complete a FAFSA for 23-24 prior to applying
• Share a personal experience highlighting your commitment to ethical behavior and/or community involvement.

Great Journeys: An Inspirational Series

The Great Journeys series emphasizes the values of business integrity, ethics, and social responsibility. Featuring exceptional “role model” business and community leaders who share the guiding values, transforming influences, successes, and challenges in their lives, the series inspires the next generation to embark on their own “great journeys.”

The series, which emphasizes the values of business ethics, integrity, and social responsibility, is sponsored by the M&I Marshall & Ilsley Center for Business Ethics.

Scheduled programs will be featured on the Lubar College’s Events page.

Past Distinguished Speakers

Sheldon B. Lubar, Chairman and Founder, Lubar & Co., Inc.
Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder of Infosys (see recording below)
Stephen Marcus, Chairman, The Marcus Corporation
Stephen A. Roell, Chairman, President & CEO, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Timothy W. Sullivan,  President & CEO, Bucyrus International
Dennis J. Kuester, Retired Chairman, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

Spring 2021 Great Journeys Series

Featuring N.R. Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder of Infosys

Under Narayana Murthy’s leadership, Infosys became a leader in innovation in technical, managerial and leadership training, software technology, quality, productivity, customer focus, employee satisfaction, and physical and technological infrastructure.

His leadership prowess has been widely recognized, including being ranked among Fortune magazine’s 12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time, among The Economist’s 10 Most Admired Global Business Leaders, among CNBC’s 25 Global Business Leaders, and among the Financial Times top 10 Business Pioneers in Technology. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Now retired from Infosys, he currently serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the United Nations Foundation. He has served on the boards of HSBC and Unilever, both headquartered in London.


Maria Goranova
Director, M&I Marshall & Ilsey Center for Business Ethics
Lubar Hall S381