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The Rise of the Rogue Executive: How Good Companies Go Bad and How to Stop the Destruction by Cynthia J. Smith, Leonard R. Sayles

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Chapter 9. Too Silent Critics: Academe

Some university business programs have taken to offering “jailhouse seminars,” which include a field trip to jails in order to understand ethics. Students get to interact with “white collar” criminals and supposedly will learn from their mistakes. Described as a variation on “scared straight” programs meant to deter juvenile delinquency, one would think these seminars might also include a field trip to general population prisons. That way, students can get an idea of what might eventually happen to white collar criminals of the future.

Students are expected to learn “the danger of making incremental compromises with principle”[1] by talking with inmates. Hopefully, they will not be talking with the newest ...

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