WS8: 21st Century Entrepreneurial Ethics

Workshop Abstract

The workshop analyzes Business Ethics Deontology aspects, Technological Issues Affecting Business Ethics Thinking and Ethical Education Perspectives of the 21st Era. As the importance of business ethics deontology grows, there are specific steps to avoid companies’ unethical practices. At the same time, technological issues like I. T. and deep learning must assure the validity of the information used and the decision making by leaders with solid ethical principles. The workshop concludes with present global business ethics practices and the need to apply ethical education. This workshop relates to the keynote address of this conference specifically analyzing Business Ethics Deontology, Technological Issues Affecting Business Ethics Thinking and Ethical Education Perspectives of the 21st Era. It will be coordinated by John Thanopoulos.

Dr. Ioannis (John) Thanopoulos

Professor of International Business, and Dean, Business and Economics, IST
Emeritus Professor, University of Piraeus
Past Professor, University of Akron, Ohio
World Education Congress Best IB Professor (2012)

John Thanopoulos studied in Greece, France and England before receiving his doctoral degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas, in the U.S.A. He started his career as a business practitioner having achieved by the age of 26 more than $25,000,000 in sales. Eventually, however, he joined the academe and, from 1983, the University of Akron in Ohio as a Director of the International Business Programs where he taught Marketing and International Business. During his academic life he received various awards and recognitions, such as from the World Education Congress, Best Professor in International Business (2012), or from the University of Akron, Teaching Innovation Award (1997), Publication Award (1997), Teaching Excellence Award (1988), and many more. In 2000 he joined the University of Piraeus, in Greece as a Professor of International Business where he served in a variety of roles, and in 2015 he was welcomed as a Professor of International Business and Dean of the Business and Economics Division of IST College, a private institution of university level learning in Athens, Greece. During his academic career he has contributed to hundreds of international events papers, speeches, reviews and related services. His academic contributions appeared in a variety of media, including Journal of Teaching in International Business, Journal of Economic Integration, Journal of International Business Studies, and so on. He has published more than twenty textbooks, six of them related to Business Ethics.

Technological Issues Affecting Business Ethics Thinking

Humanity is facing two global threats. COVID-19 pandemic (in real life) as well as cyber criminality (in digital life) deeply affect society, losing human lives, economy and our global future. Nowadays, biology uses technology and I. T. techniques, to access and work with human genome and DNA. Dr. Harari characterizes humans as “hackable” animals. Possibly we live in an historic period for the humankind. We have very important scientific tools and deep knowledge, both expanding rapidly. At the same time, we have two major difficulties: (a) to assure that the information we use is valid (the validity of information), and (b) equally important, to select, as key decision makers, leaders acting according to solid ethical principles and priorities. Our global future will be shaped from our choices.

Andrew Drivas

IT Consultant, Greece

Andreas Drivas, a graduate of Physicist specializing in M.Sc. in Informatics, has worked as an Informatics Consultant from 1984 until today. In this professional career, he was fortunate to work with many companies -mainly in the private sector- on computerization, staff training in new technologies and especially in the design, implementation and optimization of corporate processes. The culmination, as well as the natural outcome of this activity, is his active involvement with issues of Business Ethics in recent years.

Ethical Education Perspectives of the 21st Era

Given the realities of previous times and the local business conditions, enterprising had some understanding of ethical perspectives. However, during the last several decades significant changes in business practices produced phenomenal changes. For example, Walmart with sales more than twice the Greek GNP, operates on the grounds of its own ethical governance codes. This section of the workshop elaborates on present global practices of business ethics thinking and furthers its discussion from social differences to the need of incorporating ethical education perspectives from family, to church, to legal, to high school, to university level.

George Chrysovalantis Chandrinos

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Chalkis campus where entered through national exams at the second best place. Main worthwhile academic effort among others, include:
· Quoted at the 16th annual national and international HSSS Conference as one of the four contributors of the Workshop on Relativity and Business Ethics, 9/24/2020.
· Quoted at John Thanopoulos and Panos Petratos Business Ethics Theory (2020, Lulu) for the contribution “Teach business ethics from the elementary school and onwards.”
· Certified by California State University at Stanislaus and TestOut, that attended and successfully completed the Security Pro online course, 8/9/2019. · “Systemics, Excellence, Global Enterprising and Business Ethics published at Acta Europeana Systemica, Volume 7, December 2017.
· 12/11-14/2016, “Ex Ionia Scientia” International Conference, organized by the NKUA, the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University and the Southern Illinois University.
· 10/3/2016, published through Amazon a textbook under the (adopted) name George ChaT, entitled Tales for the IT Generation.
· Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge English Language Assessment, the University of Michigan, 5/22/2016
· Attended all sessions of the graduate class Workplace Ethics, 11/2014-2/2015, offered by the NKUA and the University of Peloponnese

Business Ethics Deontology aspects

A plethora of real-life practical examples show that business ethics deontology matters define every workplace balance. Fortune’s world’s most-admired companies index shows that there are companies that go the extra mile concerning not only their financial performance but also their corporate reputation. On the contrary, many companies do not pay much attention to their stakeholders and consequently belong to the Forbes’ bottom-of-the-barrel index. A series of “corporate case-battles” demonstrate that indeed there are specific steps to take to avoid the continuous companies’ unethical practices and make our planet a better place.

Dr. Nikolaos Papazoglou

University of Piraeus, Greece

Nikolaos (Nikos) Papazoglou holds his Ph.D. in International Business Strategies at the University of Piraeus. He has also graduated from the same university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Athens. He has taught several courses in universities and colleges mainly in the field of international business, business ethics and a business simulation game. His main scientific interests fall into international business, financial management, business ethics and corporate governance. He is also the president of the audit committee of the University of Piraeus Alumni Association, the former president of this Association and a scout leader for eighteen years.