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Editorial: Driving Business Ethics: Regulations, Or A Higher Calling?

Scott S. Cohen | February 25, 2004

Last spring, at a conference on Nantucket I co-founded back in 1999, I had the pleasure of running a session on ethics with Harvard Business School research fellow Laura Nash.

A noted author and commentator on business ethics, Nash has spent much of the last three decades training senior directors and officers at Fortune 100 companies on ethics and ethical business practices.

For our conference session—held before an invitation-only group of 150 general partners at venture capital firms and CEOs of Boston-area companies—we'd decided to shake things up. We presented some of what we'd gathered from candid, confidential interviews held prior to the conference with CEOs who'd been funded by investors in the audience.

The topic: the existence of fraud or unethical...

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