April Tip Sheet: Business, Law & Economics

Tip sheets highlight timely news and events at Washington University in St. Louis. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, please see the contact information listed with each story.

War experts

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Experts on impact of war on economy, advertising and marketing, international law and civil rights

Business, Law, and Economics experts on the impact of the war are available to comment on a range of breaking news issues related to the war, including such areas as the economy, advertising and marketing, negotiations and behavioral decision theory, constitutional rights, personal freedoms, national security law, international law and the Geneva Convention.

War crimes
Will the war hamper the prosecution of the Iraqi regime?


International lawyers, human rights advocates, top government officials and, most recently, the U.S. House of Representatives have urged that Saddam Hussein and other top Iraqi leaders be indicted for the massive atrocities they have committed during the past two decades. Leila Nadya Sadat, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert on international war crimes tribunals, notes that the current military action could make effective and legitimate war crimes prosecutions much more difficult.

War impact on jobs for grads
Accounting, financial services, healthcare, top employment sectors for grads this year but Iraq war could impact hiring


It’s going to be another tough year for grads looking for that perfect job they hope their newly minted degrees will help them nab. Though the war in Iraq could impact hiring, the outlook is still pretty good for business school grads, says Gregory Hutchings, associate dean and executive director of the Weston Career Resources Center (WCRC) at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Accounting, financial services, and healthcare are a few of the industries where Hutchings sees “pockets of opportunity.”

Trust in the workplace
Deep psychological contracts formed between employees and employers can result in acts of revenge, ‘crimes of obedience’

McLean Parks

Near one end of the spectrum are the Arthur Andersen employees who, out of loyalty to their employer and at great personal risk, destroyed files to cover up corporate scandal. At the other end is the disgruntled worker at another company who surreptitiously spread poison-ivy sap on executive-washroom toilet seats. “A clear signal to management,” says Judi McLean Parks, Ph.D., professor of organizational behavior at Washington University in St. Louis, “that something is wrong.” McLean Parks’ research at the Olin School of Business finds that both forms of organizational behavior grow from the same seed of organizational identity.

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