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|Monday, May 01, 2006|
By Brandon Sawyer
In the wake of heavily publicized fraud trials for a series of former Enron executives, the 29,000 Oregon employees who answered this year’s Oregon Business’ 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey remain confident in the ethical leadership of their companies.
At EthicsPoint of Portland, the No. 45 best small company, employees were similarly proud of the ethical foundation. “We are selling a service,” wrote one, “that creates ethical value in a world of mistrust. We collectively believe we are contributing to a better world.” The service is EthicsPoint’s confidential and anonymous hotline and secure Web form allowing clients’ employees to report any misdeeds they have witnessed.
Most of Providence’s employees know its core values by heart, says Elizabeth McCabe, the regional director of mission integration. That mission, to continue the healing ministry of Jesus with special concern for the poor and vulnerable, hasn’t changed since it was founded in the Northwest by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and other Sisters of Providence in the 1850s.
On the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center campus, the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics regularly wrestles with challenging technological and end-of-life issues just as front-line employees, in caring for patients, are regularly forced to make ethical considerations. McCabe says there’s bound to be ethical spillover from the medical realm into business and management.
Most questions can be solved informally among staff, but if a problem is tricky enough it requires a “formal ethical discernment.” Any employee can call for one of these, but generally a mission director will guide it. Each Providence acute care site has its own full-time mission director. They have three responsibilities: being a “fire-keeper” for the sponsoring religious order (Sisters of Providence); orchestrating community benefits and social responsibility; and guiding ethical processes.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
Monday, July 07, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.
Friday, June 27, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER
Over the last several months we have seen a wave of cross-border acquisitions, primarily U.S.-based companies looking to purchase non-U.S.-based companies. There are a few reasons for this, but the main culprit is the U.S. corporate tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.
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How George Fox has become one of Oregon's largest private universities.
Forest Grove sees growth in the burgeoning food and beverage scene.
Fifty-one Lane Powell lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Best Lawyers) 2015; of those selected, 23 lawyers are from the Firm’s office in Portland, Oregon.
Barran Liebman is proud to announce that Andrew Schpak, a Partner of the firm, has been named Chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for the 2014-2015 bar year.
Vanessa Sturgeon and Miller Nash LLP were selected as leaders in encouraging female advancement.