2006 Briloff Prizes in Ethics Awarded

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Joel Lefkowitz, Professor of Industrial Psychology, was the faculty winner of the 2006 Briloff Prize in Ethics for an article entitled “The Constancy of Ethics amidst the Changing World of Work.” Published in The Human Resources Management Review, Lefkowitz’s article examines ethical behavior in the context of the major shifts taking place in the workplace, changes that include the globalization of organizations and the introduction of a “strategic” conception of Human Resources.

Professor Lefkowitz received a $1,500 Faculty Award at the March 5th ceremony following the final round of the 2006 Ethics Bowl.

Jim Holovat, a second-year MBA student specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology, was a winner for a paper entitled Profit Over People: The Corporate Greed Motive as the Case for CSR.

In his paper, Holovat undertakes a detailed examination of the argument that profit alone should govern business conduct but comes down on the side of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Holovat suggests that there are many dehumanizing elements in corporate culture, but he argues that human beings are fundamentally ethical and capable of transcending them.

Undergraduate Briloff Prize in Ethics
Goes To Public Affairs Major John Pham

A student in the School of Public Affairs, John Pham, won the prize for best undergraduate paper with a consideration of web accessibility for the disabled. His paper, “Web Accessibility and Equal Access to Information: The Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the Internet”, argues that the provisions of the ADA should be extended to Web access so that the disabled can take advantage of both the information-gathering and shopping opportunities the Web affords.

Mr. Pham received his award at the March 5 presentation ceremony, and was joined at the event by Professor Jerry Bornstein, the library’s deputy chief librarian for public services and Mr. Pham’s instructor. Mr. Bornstein was also recognized for serving as an inspiration to students learning about ethics.

For the second year in a row, the winner received the award due to a research paper written for the Newman Library’s credit course, Information and Society (LIB 3040). The Newman Library offers the course as part of its minor concentration in Information Studies. In addition, the course is cross-listed in the School of Public Affairs and the Communication Studies Department.

Information and Society examines the nature, production, value and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest developments in information technology; the ways information is produced and disseminated and how they affect business, politics, media, science, arts and culture; the growth of the “information society”; and major information policy issues.

In 2006 Hamid Rashidzada, a junior finance major and information studies minor, won the undergraduate prize for his essay “Sharing Consumer Information: U.S. Banking Deregulation and Its Impact on Consumers.”

For more information on the Information and Society course, or to learn more about the Newman Library, contact Chief Librarian Arthur Downing at (646) 312-2610.