Workshop on Facilitating Ethics Education in Technical/Business Schools

Organised By/Speakers: 
Dr. Nien-hê Hsieh, Dr. Mary Gentile, Dr. C. Panduranga Bhatta, Dr. Subhash Sharma, Dr. Bijoy H. Boruah, Dr. J. L. Gupta, Dr Mathai Baker Fenn, Dr P. Maria Joseph Christie, Ranjini Swamy, Prof. Nisigandha Bhuyan
Conference/Seminar Date: 
Monday, February 17, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Conference/Seminar Venue: 

IIMC is hosting Two Day Workshop

Topic : Facilitating Ethics Education in Technical/Business Schools

  • The Workshop
  • Themes
  • Committees
  • Key Speakers
  • Participants
  • Contact Us
  • Registration
  • Accommodation

The Work Shop

The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) is hosting a Two Day Workshop on “Facilitating Ethics Education in Technical/Business Schools” on the 17th & the 18th of February, 2014. The workshop is a means to extend further debates about the contemporary state of pedagogy in ethics in institutes that are primarily established for imparting technical and managerial acumen to students who are also conditioned to aspire for technical and managerial excellence.


The following themes will be discussed at length in the proposed workshop:

  • Theme 1: The Goal of Teaching Ethics
  • Theme 2: Ethics as an Academic Discipline
  • Theme 3: Effective pedagogical approaches to teaching ethics
  • Theme 4: Ways of Implementing Value Judgments


Advisory Committee

  • Prof. C. Panduranga Bhatta, Professor and Coordinator of Management Centre for Human Values (MCHV), IIM Calcutta, India.
  • Prof. Biju Paul Abraham, Professor of Public Policy and Management, IIM Calcutta, India.
  • Prof. Nien-hê Hsieh, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, USA.
  • Prof. Mary Gentile, Director, Giving Voice to Values, Babson College, USA.
  • Prof. R. S. Misra, Retd. Professor of Philosophy, IIT Kanpur, India.

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Nisigandha Bhuyan, Assistant Professor of Ethics, IIM Calcutta, India (Programme Chair).
  • Prof. Ranjini Swamy, Professor of OB &HRM, Goa Institute of Management, Goa, India.

Key Speakers

1. Dr. Nien-hê Hsieh


Dr. Nien-hê Hsieh is Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He teaches and writes about ethical issues that arise in global economic activity. His current work focuses on developing a framework for business managers operating under institutions that are weak, incomplete, or contested, and on ways to conceptualize the purpose of business. Previously he was an Associate Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University, Oxford University, and the Research School for Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He served as the Director, Wharton Ethics Program from 2008 to 2011.

2. Dr. Mary Gentile


Dr. Mary C. Gentile, is Director of Giving Voice To Values and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and independent consultant. Previously Gentile was a faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School. Her book – Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right – is out from Yale University Press ( She has many publications and book reviews in esteemed journals like Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc.

3. Dr. C. Panduranga Bhatta


Dr. C. Panduranga Bhatta is Professor and founder Coordinator of Business Ethics and Communication Group and also the Coordinator of Management Centre for Human Values at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and has three and half decades of teaching and research experience in postgraduate and doctoral level. He is also the Editor of Journal of Human Values (JHV) published by SAGE Publications. He has been honoured with a gold medal by the Association of Indian Management Schools for securing the prestigious “AIMS-ICFAI Best Teacher Award-2011”. He has undertaken extensive research teaching and training programmes in the area of Indian ethos and leadership excellence.

4. Dr. Subhash Sharma


Dr Subhash Sharma is Director of Indus Business Academy (IBA). He holds Ph D from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He is a leading Indian management thinker and his academic contributions to development of Indian Management thought have been widely acknowledged. Prof. Sharma is the author of the path breaking book, ‘Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Doors’. His other books ‘Creation from Shunya’, ‘Quantum Rope and Arrows of Time’, ‘New Mantras in Corporate Corridors: From Ancient Roots to Global Routes’ are also known for their creative ideas. He has published a number of thought provoking articles on management and on social concerns, in journals of national and international repute.

5. Dr. Bijoy H. Boruah


Dr. Boruah is Professor of Philosophy, Indian institute of Technology, Delhi. Prior to this he was associated with IIT Kanpur since 1996. His fellowship includes Senior Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA as well as fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has a PhD from University of Guelph, Canada and M. Litt. in Philosophy, University of Oxford, U. K. His interest areas are: Philosophy of Mind; Philosophical Aesthetics; History of Modern Western Philosophy; Ethics and Value Theory. He has published in reputed national and international journals.

6. Dr. J. L. Gupta


Dr. J. L. Gupta is Professor, Human Resource Management, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Prof Gupta has been Vice-Chancellor of GGU¸ Bilaspur (a Central University) during 2004-2008¸ and Principal of the Shri Ram College of Commerce¸ Delhi University (1996-2004). Earlier¸ he also worked as Professor at the National Institute of Bank Management¸ Pune¸ University of Science Malaysia¸ Penang¸ Dar-es-salaam University¸ Tanzania¸ and the University of Allahabad. His interest areas for teaching and research are: Organizational leadership and decision making¸ Business Ethics and Corporate Governance.

7. Dr Mathai Baker Fenn


Dr. Mathai Baker Fenn is the CEO and Principal Consultant of the TalkShop. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of IIT Bombay. His career reflects his interests in how we find MEANING in the world around us. His interest areas are depth-psychology, cognitive psychology and a critical understanding of social theory. Dr. Fenn set up The Talk Shop in 1996 as a "Knowledge Management Firm". He defines Knowledge Management as the quest of greater meaning. He spent 10 years teaching Behavioural subjects at XLRI Jamshedpur. He has also taught in the Middle East as well as IIM-K, The American Unversity of Armenia and at Agribusiness Teaching Centre, Yerevan. His teaching covers topics like Organizational Behavior, Advanced Leadership, Negotiation Skills and Business Ethics.

8. Dr P. Maria Joseph Christie


Dr P. Maria Joseph Christie is the Professor of Decision Sciences at Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai. He is also involved in the Jesuit administration as Director of Planning and Development at Dindigul. He has been the Dean (2001-04) and Director of LIBA (2004-12) and at LIBA he was instrumental in starting the Centre for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance which is considered to be one of the best run Business Ethics Centres in India. He holds PhD and MBA from St Louis University, USA and Masters in Statistics from Madras University. His research interests include the effect of culture on ethical attitudes, globalization, and cross-cultural research methodology.



Ranjini Swamy, is Professor of Organization Behavior at Goa Institute of Management, Goa, India. She completed her Fellow Programme in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. Since then, she has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Training & Development, Leadership and Change Management. She has also written cases and articles in the field of human behavior, management education, Ethics (the Giving Voice to Values approach) and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has published in the Human Relations, Vikalpa and Journal of Business Ethics Education and has contributed chapters in UMPRME publications. She has also presented papers in the Academy of HRD Conference and the Eastern Academy of Management (International) Conference, besides national conferences. Some of her cases on Ethics are available on the Giving Voice to Values website.


Professor Nisigandha Bhuyan is presently working as a full time faculty at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in the area of Business Ethics and Communication group. Prior to this, she has taught at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode and BITS Pilani (Goa and Hyderabad Campus). She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She is a post doctoral fellow of Indian School of Business Hyderabad and visiting fellow of The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania from 2003-2005. She has taught courses on Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Values in International Business, professional ethics etc. She has published in national and international peer review journals and participated in national and International conferences.


Who can participate?

The workshop has been designed keeping in mind the value of an ethics course and the significance of an ethics professor in educational environment that is subsumed by the hegemony of functional subjects in technical and managerial domains. The speakers are the professed practitioners of the concerned subject and have been in the profession for decades with a prolific and challenging research and teaching background. The participants, teaching ethics in such environments, or research scholars aspiring to be teachers, would greatly benefit through their formal/informal interactions with the stalwarts of the discipline. The workshop model of interaction between speakers and participants provides far greater space for dialogue between heterogeneous audiences, but with similar questions, problems, experiences, and interests. This is an earnest attempt to explore the possibilities of bettering the research and pedagogy of ethics in technical and management institutions.

Contact us

Programme Chair: Dr. Nisigandha Bhuyan, Assistant Professor in Business Ethics and Communication Group, IIM Calcutta

Prof. Nisigandha Bhuyan:

Prof. Ranjani Swamy:


Registration fee is INR 2000/-

Registration fee includes only workshop materials, lunch and refreshments


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