Do The Right Thing with Dr. David Mielke

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Business Ethos with
Retired EMU College of Business Dean David Mielke
Mondays at 8:40 AM





Each Monday at 8:40 AM ET Lucy Ann and Dr. Mielke discuss business ethos as it pertains to current events. Dr. Mielke says, “Making ethics the backbone of teaching makes sense not only because it’s the right thing to do but also because ethics is good for business.”

Ethics education has long been an important component of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business curriculum. Ethos however, pertains to a culture and environment that not only fosters ethics but is also is based on a strong set of professional and personal values. The students, faculty and staff of the College of Business want to encourage and foster a professional business environment to serve as the foundation for business education.

A gift by the Merlanti family in 2001 provided the impetus to raise awareness of ethics in all we do. The gift was first used to establish the Merlanti Ethics seminar for students . In March 2006, the faculty of the College of Business decided that they wanted to develop a strong statement of the ethics and values that represents the foundation of the college. The resulting Ethos Statement is the first adopted by any business school in the country. It lists six values as the core for the college and is attached to every syllabus for every course offered by the College of Business.

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Do The Right Thing Blog

The Mielke Way: One More Can Kicked Down the Road

Congress delayed decisions on two important issues last week as they tied raising the debt ceiling and passing a budget for next year with funding for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  To the dismay of the Republicans, President Trump reached across the aisle to make the deal with the Democrats. 

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The Mielke Way: What is the Most Important Priority for Congress?

Congress returned to Washington on September 5th. They have just 12 days scheduled to be in session during the month—a month filled with work to be accomplished by September 30th.

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Should Coal Make A Comeback?

The Obama administration imposed a number of regulations and executive orders to essentially dismantle the coal industry in what has been dubbed the war on coal. Hillary Clinton promised during the campaign that “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of work.” Environmentalists cheered the actions. The Paris Climate Change Accord also targeted coal with many European countries vowing to shut down coal fired power plants. There was a dramatic impact on the electricity industry, causing the shutdown of many coal fired plants, including many in Michigan. The economic impact was dramatic on the states producing coal, especially in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. President Trump is taking action to restore the industry. Who is winning the war on coal?

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The Threat to Blow Up NAFTA

Nine months after President Trump won election and threatened to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he couldn’t win better terms from Mexico, negotiations to update the agreement started last week. The agreement has been labeled a disaster for US factory workers while border states and the agricultural states have been big NAFTA winners. US negotiators have pledged to do no harm to the large number of industries and communities that have benefited. There are a number of issues and concerns to be renegotiated with Canada and Mexico, who are primarily playing defense. The auto industry will be at the center of many of the discussions. Should NAFTA be updated?

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Is There Really A ‘Next’?

After the defeat of all Senate attempts to reform health care, the Republicans are now talking about the “next” agenda item in an attempt to get something done. It seems that tax reform is a topic that may get some bi-partisan support in the Senate although, if the Democrats stick together with a “no” to everything the Republicans try to accomplish, that attempt seems futile as well. But are there areas of agreement that make tax reform possible?

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Do The Right Thing Interviews

Do The Right Thing: April 4, 2016 Interview

April 4, 2016: I Can’t Wait to Retire Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University   The Social Security Trust Fund is projected to expire in 2033 putting pressure on a system designed over 75 years ago. Here are several ideas to fix it.   Click & Listen:

Do The Right Thing: February 22, 2016 Interview

February 22, 2016: The Death of Justice Antonin Scalia Now What? – Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University   The media seems to be fixated on the Presidential primaries, but there are many other pressing issues facing the nation.     Click & Listen:

Do The Right Thing: February 8, 2016 Interview

February 8, 2016: Out of Sight, Out of Mind Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University   The Presidential candidate debates have not addressed the federal deficit and resulting debt. Why has the topic been ignored?   Click & Listen:

Do The Right Thing: January 25, 2016 Interview

January 25, 2016: Brain Drain Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University   There are 80,000 jobs posted on Michigan’s employment site. But where are the qualified candidates?     Click & Listen:

Do The Right Thing: January 11, 2016 Interview

January 11, 2016: Compromise Can Work, Can Our Politicians? Dr. David Mielke, Retired Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University   At the end of 2015, Congress and the President worked together to pass bills and move forward. A new report out on poverty, conducted jointly by conservative and liberal think tanks, more »
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