Wharton Club of Chicago is pleased to join Harvard Club of Chicago's event with HBS Professor Eugene Soltes

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12:00pm— 1:30pm
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Harvard Club of Chicago


Join us over luncheon where Professor Soltes will discuss his book:  

Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal


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From the financial fraudsters of Enron, to the embezzlers at Tyco, to the Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, the failings of corporate titans are regular fixtures in the news. But what drives wealthy and powerful people to white-collar crime? Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes will share his findings with the Harvard Club of Chicago at lunch on Tuesday, October 25th. Prof. Soltes draws from extensive personal interaction and correspondence with nearly fifty former executives as well as the latest research in psychology, criminology, and economics to investigate how once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals. The product of seven years in the company of the men behind the largest corporate crimes in history, Prof. Soltes’ recently published book, Why They Do It, is a breakthrough look at the dark side of the business world.

Soltes reveals how the usual explanations fail to tell the whole story of why many seemingly successful people go over the line. White-collar criminals are not merely driven by excessive greed or hubris, nor do they usually carefully calculate costs and benefits before breaking the law. Instead, Soltes shows that most of the executives who committed crimes made decisions the way we all do—on the basis of their intuitions and gut feelings. The trouble is that these gut feelings are often poorly suited for the modern business world where leaders are increasingly distanced from the consequences of their decisions and the individuals they impact.

Eugene Soltes is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research on corporate malfeasance has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg News. Professor Soltes teaches in Harvard Business School’s executive education programs and is the recipient of the Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching. He received his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his AM in statistics and AB in economics from Harvard University.

$26 per person for Wharton Club Members and their guests

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Contact the Harvard Club office with questions:

Phone: 847-256-1211
Email: [email protected]

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