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Long-Time Center Affiliates to Lead new Center for Bioethics at HMS

May 2, 2014

On May 1, the Harvard Medical School announced that the Division of Medical Ethics will transition into an independent center there and will become the Center for Bioethics. Former Faculty Fellow in Ethics Christine Mitchell will serve as the new Center's Executive Director, and long-time Center affiliate Robert Truog will serve as Director.

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Does Your Company Keep its Promises? Revealing and Addressing Commitment Drift in Business

by Elizabeth Doty adapted from an article in strategy+business

Businesses today make many promises. They may promise to deliver value to customers, provide opportunity to employees, deliver growth for investors, or contribute to society by creating jobs, improving public health, providing credit, preserving a free press, or addressing environmental challenges.1

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Self-Determination and the Human Right to Democracy  |  Thomas Christiano

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Labcast 13 - 7/22/2014 - How Does a Business Keep a Promise?: Gregg Fields & Elizabeth Doty

Many people are cynical about business promises and blame individual leaders when commitments are not kept. In this Labcast, Fellows Gregg Fields and Elizabeth Doty explore how systematic factors such as short-termism, complexity, reactivity, and operational issues also contribute to “commitment drift” in business, which in turn damages public trust. Because many individual executives value keeping their word, Doty recommends helping them recognize the challenges and build the special competence required to keep promises as an organization.

This interview touches on the seven promise-keeping strategies which are described in a new article by Doty in strategy+business magazine, and which are summarized in this blog post.

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