Tauber Leadership Forum Addresses Business Ethics

March 22, 2018

Ann Arbor, MI - On March 21, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan hosted a Leadership Forum focused on one of the the toughest topics in business - Business Ethics.

Students met with panelists from Boeing, Microsoft, DTE Energy, General Motors, and the Michigan Ross School of Business to focus on three challenging areas selected by the students:

  • Preserving jobs in the age of automation
  • Fostering collaborative supplier relations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility to society and to the environment

The event was moderated by Michgan Ross Professor Norman Bishara, a leading academic researcher on business law and ethics.

Leadership Forum Panelist Bios:

Katie Panczak, DTE Vice President, Environmental Controls
Katie Panczak joined DTE in 2000 and is Vice President responsible for leading P&I’s Environmental Controls group. Prior to joining DTE, Katie was a project engineer with ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. She received a BA in geology and completed the program for a master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Illinois.

Daniel J. Grieshaber, General Motors Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering Integration
Dan Grieshaber has served as the Director, Global Manufacturing Engineering Integration and is responsible for integrating activities across GM’s Global Manufacturing Engineering Centers. Prior to his this, Dan has held several executive leadership positions within GM including Director Global Die & Press Center, Director North American Manufacturing Strategy & Planning, Director Product Engineering/Body Structures. He is the author of several technical papers, and the recipient of 3 Chairman Honors Awards, one of General Motors Highest Honors.

Edward Petkus, Boeing Vice President of Engineering for Airplane Programs
Ed Petkus is responsible for engineering of all Boeing Commercial airplane development programs and served as Director - deputy chief project engineer for the 787 derivatives program for five years. Prior to that, Petkus served as the VP of Airplane Development and Engineering at Hawker Beechcraft Co. for 3 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles at BCA for 15 years, including Director of Product Development for the 787 program.

Andy Miller, Microsoft Director of Finance
Andy Miller leads the finance function for the One Commercial Partner division. One Commercial Partner is responsible for driving Microsoft’s strategic direction across various commercial partners who sell with Microsoft. For the past year, Andy has led the One Commercial Partner Finance team transforming and managing Financial Planning & Analysis, Reporting & Systems, Strategic Planning of the Partner group as well as managing the Partner Incentives portfolio.

Jerry Davis, Associate Dean, Michigan Ross School of Business
Jerry Davis is an Associate Dean for Business + Impact and a Professor of Management and Organizations. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. He is also the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at the University of Michigan. Davis’s research is broadly concerned with corporate governance, finance and society, and new forms of organizations.


About Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantage Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. The students, with faculty support, work at a company site to address substantive operations, supply chain and/or manufacturing challenges. These teams are exceptionally successful at solving problems that benefit company sponsors, operationally and strategically.

In 2017, Tauber faculty advised students on 32 high-visibility projects in the areas of supply chain/lean optimization, process analysis/improvement, and strategic assessments at 21 companies, averaging $18.5 million/per project savings over 3 years. The total savings projected was $575 million. Visit http://www.tauber.umich.edu to learn more.

Theresa Ceccarelli, 734-647-0308, tceccare@umich.edu