The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center
The Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Room 668 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

William S. Laufer

Associate Director
Lauretta Tomasco

Tel: 215.898.1166
Fax: 215.573.2006


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The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research



Mission Statement

The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research was established in 1997 to support research and programs that ensure private sector responsibility and accountability; promote thinking and scholarship on business and normative ethics; and provide research grants to the Zicklin Center’s many stakeholders.

The Center serves as a focal point for the normative inquiry in business at the Wharton School and, more generally, the University of Pennsylvania.  Nevertheless, Center-sponsored research comes from a wide range of scholarly approaches and methods.


Upcoming Events

Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center Normative Business Ethics Workshop

Third in a Series

641 Huntsman Hall

May 2, 2014 from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Papers will be workshopped.

Attendees are expected to read the papers in advance.  Copies of the papers may be obtained by email from Zicklin Center Associate Director Lauretta Tomasco.


The Business and Development Innovations Lecture Series


"Financial Inclusion for All:  A Review of Recent Global Progress and Implications for Africa"

April 21, 2014


Director for Financial and Private Sector Development in the Sub‐Saharan Africa Region and Director for Global Practice on Financial Inclusion, The World Bank

255 Jon M. Huntsman Hall 4:30 PM

Dr. Djordjija Petkoski, Moderator

Senior Fellow, The Zicklin Center and Lecturer, The Wharton School


Recent Events


Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

First High-Level Meeting

Effective Development Cooperation in Middle-Income Countries

April 15, 2014

Centro Banamex, Room 3

Conscripto 311. Colonia Lomas de Sotelo. Delegación Miguel Hidalgo 11200. México D.F., México

Moderator:  AMBASSADOR ALFONSO QUIÑÓNEZ, Secretary for External Relations, OAS

Keynote Speaker:  MR. SEIJI KIHARA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

While many low-income countries have graduated to middle-income country (MIC) status, they face complex development challenges, such as persistent poverty, inequality, and vulnerability to economic shocks and natural disasters, among others. At the same time, MICs play a vital role in delivering development cooperation in the framework of South-South and triangular cooperation.  In the on-going global discussions on  development effectiveness, and with the deadline for the MDGs approaching, there is a debate on how to best engage with MICs in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of development cooperation, both nationally and globally.

In this session, we will discuss the following urgent issues:  (a) What are the main challenges for MICs in the post-2015 agenda? (b) How can the development community support MICs to achieve poverty reduction, social inclusion and sustainable growth while avoiding the middle-income traps? (c) How can MICs become key partners in achieving the global partnership for development?

Join us on April 15 to share your experiences and ideas!


Mr. Seiji Kihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Ms. Sara Hradecky, Canadian Ambassador to Mexico
Mr. Nguyen Chi Dzung, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment of Vietnam
Mr. Inocencio García Javier, Vice Minister of International Cooperation,
Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD), Dominican Republic


Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Vice-President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Mr. Diego Cánepa, ProSecretary of the Office of the President, Uruguay
Mr. Jorge Daccarett, Executive Director, Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI)
Dr. Djordjija Petkoski, Business and Development Innovations Program Director, the Zicklin Center and Lecturer, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Authors’ Panel Discussion and Book Signing

“The Flexibility of Modern Firms to Preserve Trust and Enhance Sustainability”

April 7, 2014

COLIN MAYER, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, Oxford University.  Author of Firm Commitment:  Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in It (Oxford University Press 2013).

ERIC ORTS, Guardsmark Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Author of Business Persons:  A Legal Theory of the Firm (Oxford University Press 2013).


William Laufer (Chair), Julian Aresty Endowed Professor; Director, The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, The Wharton School

William Bratton, Deputy Dean and Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Michael Useem, William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, The Wharton School



Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center Normative Business Ethics Workshop

Second in a Series

March 7, 2014

The following papers were workshopped:
►   "Limitations of Actions" by Daniel Isaacs, Adjunct Instructor of Business Ethics, Fox School of Business, Temple University
►   "Towards a Normative Model of Intra-Firm Management Professionalism" by Sareh Pouryousefi, Research Fellow - Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School
►   "Efficient Shareholder Management in a Non-Ideal World" by Dominic Martin, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Copies of the papers may be obtained by email from Zicklin Center Associate Director  Lauretta Tomasco.


The Business and Development Innovations Lecture Series


"Turning Ideas into Action: The Role of Business in Financing the Post-2015 Agenda"

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, President's Special Envoy on MDGs and Financial Development, World Bank Group

February 10, 2014


Read about this Lecture in The Daily Pennsylvanian!