Professor Marianne Jennings on Business Ethics

Professor Emeritus Marianne Jennings says with a laugh that she “failed miserably” at retirement. “Failure” is a word that Jennings’ friends and students would never associate with her name. She’s better known for her wide smile, her talent for inspiring and engaging students, and her forthright opinions.

Prof. Marianne Jennings

Jennings retired in December 2011 after 35 years of teaching, but full retirement lasted all of 18 months. In August 2013 the business school again needed someone in a hurry. School of Accountancy Director Phil Reckers asked Jennings if she was available to teach ethics for accountants in the Master of Accountancy program. Author of The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies…Before It’s Too Late, Jennings was ready for the assignment. She teaches students how to think about ethics, and to be aware of the psychological traps that lead to fraud.

Find out why Prof. Jennings believes ethics plays such a vital role in business education:

Learn more about Professor Jennings in the Autumn 2015 issue of W. P. Carey magazine.