Mark Wexler 160x180with Mark Wexler, Ph.D., Professor of Business Ethics and Management at the Beedie School of Business SFU

The Shifting Meaning of Social Legitimacy

Mark Wexler will explore the manner in which secular forms of government embrace sin taxes and create a social legitimacy for the existence of permissible vice.

Those governance systems with a higher sacred score, distance themselves from permissive vice and create a strong but costly notion of deviance. With the former, social legitimacy means the provision of greater wealth with little or no regard for its distribution. With the latter more sacred governance systems; social legitimacy means one’s distance from that which is socially and religiously outlawed.

Mark talks about why, in a geo-political sense, there is a tremendous and growing tension between secular and sacred governance systems today. He will facilitate Q&A by probing the sacred versus materialist discussions underlying important talking points in contemporary society: environmentalists versus over-consumers, and freedom-fighters versus terrorists.

Eventbrite - Ethics for Breakfast: Sin Taxes and Permissible Vice

Date:            Wednesday, February 12, 2014  —  7:15 – 8:30 am
       BC HYDRO Building
                    333 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
                    2nd Floor, Auditorium
                    (Check-in at Security Desk – Main floor lobby)

Cost:            Members – $7.00     Non-Members – $10.00
                    – muffins, tea and coffee included

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About Our Speaker:

Dr. Mark N. Wexler, is the President of the Perimeter Group of Consultants; a University Professor of Business Ethics and Management at Simon Fraser University; and a member of the Management and Organization Studies and Policy Analysis at the Beedie School of Business at SFU.

Mark’s work has been published in over 110 refereed journals and eight books. He was the recipient of four teaching awards, numerous grants and research funds and was selected as Price Waterhouse Cooper’s 2004 Leader in Management Education. Mark has consulted for various organizations in the private and public sectors, some of which include: Air Alaska, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Immigration Services, Doctors without Borders, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, Revenue Canada and the RCMP.

Currently, Mark is working on a new book entitled The Organization of Scandal: Disrepute in Unexpected Places.

Eventbrite - Ethics for Breakfast: Sin Taxes and Permissible Vice