Previous Events

2012

 

  • Annual General Meeting, 28 November

  • Panel Presentation and Seminar; 12 November, Community Engagement Through an Organisational Mentoring Program

The changing face of Redfern is exciting and topical, a program of urban renewal that sees the possibilities for a vibrant community. The transformation is the work of a range of groups and initiatives. The Business & Professional Ethics Group at the University of Sydney Business School is engaging in the pioneering work of the Redfern community, in partnership with big business. Our latest seminar takes place in Redfern and features and innovative organisational mentoring program.

Westpac Organisational Mentoring Program

The Westpac Group's Organisation Mentoring Program has been designed to help deliver sustainable benefits to the social sector, by transfer skills to support continuous improvement, innovation and collaboration.

Four participants in Westpac's program will share their experiences - the objectives, challenges and benefits of this form of community engagement

The work being undertaken for Refern's Aboriginal youth was recently highlighted in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article can be found here

    • Annual Dinner, 16 February, Ron McCallum AO, Teaching Labour Law to Lawyers for four decades: Some observations"  

    Professor McCallum was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney From January 1993 until his retirement on 30 September 2007. Professor McCallum was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney from January 1993 until his retirement on 30 September 2007. From 2002 to 2007 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Since December 2010, he has been a consultant with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Professor McCallum has written extensively on labour law matters. 

    Professor McCallum is the first totally blind person to be appointed to the Deanship of a Law School in Australia or New Zealand. He is Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Co-Operative Ltd, which operates radio 2RPH. Since 2006, he has been a Deputy-Chair of the Board of Vision Australia Pty Ltd. On 3 November 2008, Professor McCallum was elected as to the inaugural Committee of Experts of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Professor McCallum was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice. On 25 November 2010, Professor McCallum was awarded the honour of being declared NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2011

     

    2011


    • Seminar, 2 March, Tom Hadden, "Cautionary Tales from the West"

    Australia is a significant player in the global economic and financial system and cannot be immune from future shocks. It should learn from others' experiences and seek to protect itself from the stupidity and self interest of bankers, the negligence of auditors, the ineffectiveness of regulators and the false sense of security by ordinary consumers that were so damaging in other, not so different, economies.

    • Annual Dinner, 17 February, Gael McDonald, "The Global Financial Crisis: The Extent to which Business Schools are to Blame"

    Professor McDonald's address at BPEG's annual dinner emphasised the finger pointing that has occurred at business educators and their programs' role in the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Her talk posed the question of whether business schools did, and what were the roles played in the GFC? More poignantly, she asked how are business schools responding, particularly in regard to a perceived lack of moral training? To explain the role of ethical values and moral training, Professor McDonald used the fitting analogy of fire extinguishers ignored until there is a crisis and then everyone has forgotten how to use them. This leads to the question of whether and what the role of business schools is with respect to the moral decay evident in the GFC.

    2010

    • Seminar, 15 December, Grant Michelson, "No Strings Attached - Welcoming the Existential Gift in Business"
    Grant is Professor and Associate Dean for research at Audencia Nantes School of Management, France.
    • Workshop, 11 November, Henriikka Clarkeburn, "The Challenges of Achieving Work-Life Balance"
    Work life balance workshop, discussing the challenges and barriers to work life balance. A panel of speakers from within the University, representing finance, HR, the union, equal opportunity and management, spoke on a range of work life balance issues. The workshop will consist of speakers and breakout groups discussing the ethical issues associated with the delicate balance of work and commitments outside of work.
    • Dinner workshop, 12 July, Dean Neu and Jeff Everett, "Accounting, Ethics and the Politics of Corruption" 
    Dean is an accounting scholar and activist who is committed to unveiling the presence of accounting where it might not otherwise be expected. His work, focusing on ethics and fair trade, should be of particular interest to BPEG members.
    • Dinner, 2 March, Stephen Long, "Scribes, Bribes and Videotape: The Ethics of Financial Journalism"
    What's financial journalism for? Who does it serve? Did the media fail to alert the world to the coming credit crash, and if so, why? Presented by Stephen Long economic correspondent with the ABC