Authors: R. Edward Freeman and Lisa Stewart – Weaving his research together with learnings he has garnered from conversations with a host of executives and students during the last 25 years.

FOREWORD

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics is an independent entity established in partnership with Business Roundtable—an association of chief executive officers of leading corporations with a combined workforce of more than 10 million employees and $4 trillion in annual revenues—and leading academics from America’s best business schools. The Institute brings together leaders from business and academia to fulfill its mission to renew and enhance the link between ethical behavior and business practice through executive education programs, practitioner-focused research and outreach.

Institute Bridge PapersTM put the best thinking of academic and business leaders into the hands of practicing managers. Bridge PapersTM convey concepts from leading edge academic research in the field of business ethics in a format that today’s managers can integrate into their daily business decision making.

Developing Ethical Leadership1 is an Institute Bridge PaperTM based on the research of R. Edward Freeman. Weaving his research together with learnings he has garnered from conversations with a host of executives and students during the last 25 years, Freeman creates a framework for developing ethical leadership.

The accompanying interview with Steve Odland, Chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc. provides a CEO perspective on what it means to be an ethical leader in today’s business and social contexts, addressing key topics such as executive compensation and the need to encourage a culture of pushback.

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