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Transatlantic Business Ethics Summit

The Business Ethics Center organized the first Transatlantic Business Ethics Summit in September 15–17, 2000 in Budapest. The main function of the Summit was to provide a forum for leading American and European scholars to explore the background theories and value bases of business ethics in the perspective of the 21st century.

Rector Attila Chikan opens the Transatlantic Business Ethics Summit

Participants were as follows:

From the USA: John Boatright (Loyola University Chicago), Norman Bowie (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis), George Brenkert (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.), Thomas Donaldson (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Thomas Dunfee (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania),  Michael Hoffman (Bentley University, Massachusetts), and Patricia Werhane (Darden Business School, University of Virginia).

From Europe: Jane Collier (University of Cambridge, UK), Christopher Cowton (Huddersfield University, UK), Hans de Geer (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden), Peter Koslowski (Hannover Institute for Philosophy, Germany), Josep M. Lozano, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain), Lidmila Nemcova (University of Economics–Prague, The Czech Republic), Eleanor O’Higgins (University College Dublin, Ireland), Yvon Pesquex (HEC Paris, France), Henk Van Luijk (Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands), and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary).

The participants reflected on the state of the art of business ethics as it has been practiced in the USA and Europe. There was an agreement among the participants that to meet the technological, ecological, and social requirements of the 21st century combining the best of European and American traditions in business and ethics is needed.