New Business Course Seeks to Instill Professional Responsibility

Photo: Susan CurtisCHAMPAIGN, Ill. – In simpler times, handshakes sealed business deals. Now, they could help restore a grip on career values that veered off course amid a wave of high-profile scandals that sank Enron, WorldCom and other corporate giants.

Handshakes and other people skills, ethics training and social awareness are just a few aspects of a back-to-basics business course that will begin this fall at the University of Illinois, aimed at instilling professional responsibility to guide students through their careers.

“There is a perception, unfortunately sometimes based in truth, that business people are working only in their own self-interest