Thursday, 6 November 2008, 12:00AM

Commercial ethics: Process or Outcome?

Ian Harris

There are inherent paradoxes in commercial ethics.  Rigid tendering processes should make it hard to corrupt procurement exercises, but often also drive out innovation and thought.  Innovation, such as new technology, can help make the world a better place; but technology can also be deployed by the unscrupulous for ill.  This lecture explores the philosophy behind commercial ethics with examples of real world commercial ethical issues.

Ian Harris is a Director of  Z/Yen Group Limited.  Ian took his degree in Economics and Law at Keele University and is also a Chartered Accountant.  Ian is a regular contributor of articles and pieces for the business and not-for-profit press.  He is co-author, together with Professor Michael Mainelli, of the practical book "IT for the Not-for-Profit Sector" and the best-selling novel "Clean Business Cuisine".  Ian sits as an external advisor on the British Computer Society's Ethics Strategic Panel.

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Ian Harris is a director at Z/Yen Group Ltd, which he co-founded in 1994. He specialises in strategic planning and systematic performance improvement in both the civil society sector and also commercial sectors.

Prior to Z/Yen, Harris led Binder Hamlyn management consultancy's financial management systems work.

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6 November 2008

Commercial ethics: Process or Outcome?
Ian Harris

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