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Professor Lisbeth Claus: Global Management Requires Duty of Care

As companies increasingly send their employees on international assignments and business trips, they may wonder what types of risks those employees face and how to protect them.
For her latest project, Claus is touring the world to present a white paper she researched and published during her sabbatical leave titled "Duty of Care of Employers for Protecting International Assignees, their Dependents and International Business Travelers."

Claus' paper provides businesses with practical advice in meeting their "duty of care," or obligation to protect employees from risks.

"Managers who fail to pay attention to employer's duty of care responsibilities, especially for their employees crossing borders, are failing in their commercial, fiduciary, legal and moral responsibilities as managers," Claus says.

The paper was released by International SOS, a world provider of international health care, medical assistance and security services.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, Claus will travel around the world presenting the results of her research.

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Professor Rob Wiltbank Quoted in The Wall Street Journal

A recent Wall Street Journal article on the economic returns of angel investing included the expertise of Robert Wiltbank, associate professor of strategic management at Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Angel investors are people "who privately provide capital to a promising business, often a start-up, that isn't run by a friend or family member," according to the article. The article notes that with the current economic climate making it tougher for start-ups to obtain financing, more outsiders
may be considering investing in these businesses.

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Sustainability at Atkinson: Education

Last month the Atkinson Graduate School was recognized as a top program globally for corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Following Atkinson's commitment to sustainability, the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate program presents world-renown speakers specializing in social and environmental well-being.  The program focuses on the dynamics of complex systems, followed by a practical look at social systems and how the expansion of social well-being ties directly to economic and environmental well-being.

The lineup of speakers in the 2010 Sustainable Enterprise Certificate includes Polar explorer Robert Swan, Mary Hansel of the Biomimicry Institute and Norm Miller of the Climate Science Department at the Berkeley National Laboratory.

For more information on the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate, visit

MBA for Professionals Celebrates 100 Graduates

During the January 2010 Commencement program, the Willamette University MBA for Professionals will celebrate a milestone - exceeding 100 graduates in Salem and Portland.  All MBA for Professionals alumni are invited to attend a special reception following the commencement ceremony. 

A special list of graduates will be printed in the Portland Business Journal's "Book of Lists" for 2010.

MBA-P Alumni May RSVP Online: