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Business Ethics

A Tale of Two CEOs: Elizabeth Holmes and Martin Shkreli

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Martin Shkreli is an epitome of what is wrong in America. He is the picture perfect profile of a Public Enemy. He joins the long line of criminals who rob people in the name of market economy. Elizabeth Holmes represents the tradition of great scientists and leaders.

Who by Lying, Who by Cheating, Who by Stealing, and Whom Shall I Say Is Calling?

Alan Briskin | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Alan Briskin

Whenever I encounter a systems problem dressed up as individual failing, I look for patterns in the collective situation. In this case, I browsed my library of Fortune magazines running back 30 years. But I didn't need to go back that far.

Hotel Absurd: When Your Resort Fee Costs More Than Your Room

Kevin Richberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

I'm sitting in one of Las Vegas' only NON-Resorts. A very simple, and very old, one star property adjacent to an expansive parking lot in what can onl...

Is It Ethical for Coke to Sponsor Conflicted Research on Weight Loss?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Given Coke's own standards, it is appropriate to ask: Are the company's actions that have prompted such sharp public criticism in line with its strong commitment to integrity? More specifically, are they consistent with Coke's imperative of "acting honestly"?

Why Millennials Will Improve Your Company

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Christopher B. Nelson

I've been reading a number of articles and reports about millennials in the workplace--about how they expect autonomy, insist their work have purpose, and think business needs a reset toward more concern for helping society.

Want Higher Revenue Growth? Get a Compliance Ethics Program

Russ Warner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

If top managers want to create a strong, lasting company with high revenues, they must clearly and frequently communicate their stance regarding ethical behavior. By implementing a culture of honesty and integrity at the top, employees will learn which behaviors are allowed and which are not.

The Business Case for Corporate Water Stewardship

Renat Heuberger | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Renat Heuberger

If water scarcity prevails, companies could face constraints to growth. They may not be able to provide their core products and services, or may lose the ability to expand their business. As investors in these companies, this is something we are deeply concerned about.

The 'Do Whatever It Takes' Attitude Gone Wrong

Russ Warner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

In 2000, KPMG began conducting an annual integrity survey to highlight changes and attitudes in the workplace. Sadly, the survey continues to reveal that in spite of all the transparency demanded by society, it looks like there are many improvements to be made.

Is This a Luxury You Want to Buy?

Rob Britton | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

The three Gulf mega-airlines, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, leverage billions of dollars in government subsidies to provide high-end indulgences to their passengers - but for too long the human cost of these luxuries has been hidden from the flying public.

We Need More Stories About Values Based Leadership

Karen E. Faith | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Karen E. Faith

Our society's future is dependent on inspiring and sustaining values-based leaders in our work places as well as within the structures of power that govern our country and the rest of the world. We need to hear more of these stories of ethical leadership instead of the ones that repeatedly and regrettably make our news headlines.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

The Ethics of Social Media Accuracy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

From clickbait headlines to unfair reviews of products and services, the open nature of social media presents ethical issues. The public should expect accurate online information, yet too often news stories, PR materials and other information are inaccurate.

Courageous Women Leaders... and the Cultures That Support Them

Brooke Deterline | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Brooke Deterline

Recently, I've read two excellent articles on why women stay quiet at work which clearly outline the challenges women can face in leadership roles, ...

Marketers are Prepping for FIFA Fallout

Greg Portell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

While the extent of the criminal charges are eye-opening, the fact FIFA has shady areas within their realm should not come as a shock. FIFA's dance partners -- marketers, media and governments -- have plenty of cause to be concerned as the storm clouds hovered for years.

Are You an Ethical Leader?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you're really honest with yourself for a moment how ethical are your leadership behaviors? Are you trustworthy? Do you always show others respect? Are you willing to forgo potential profits if it means looking after the needs of your employees better?

Business Etiquette: The Benefits of Gratitude & Simple Thank-You Guidelines for Professional Contacts

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Etiquette rules may dictate that you have one year to send a wedding gift, but when it comes to business gratitude, your communication must be nearly instantaneous.

Which CEO Character Traits Yield the Highest Returns?

Russ Warner | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

Machiavelli said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." And for that statement, as well as other views, he is famous, or rather... infamous.

4 Examples of Dubious Marketing Ethics

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.15.2015 | Media
Jonha Revesencio

Marketers create political campaigns based largely on innuendo and quotes taken out of context. Is this just part of the day's work, or is there a larger, ethical dilemma involved for marketers?

Parent Like a CEO

Christi Bostwick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Christi Bostwick

The answer to the question, "How can I be a good parent?" may be as simple as applying what we know about what makes a good corporate manager to parenting.

Guanxi: Your Super Business Card in China

Kim Dramer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Kim Dramer

When you leave your company, your guanxi follows you. The guanxi you have built up in China is yours to keep. Your guanxi is a network of relationships, trust and goodwill among people that you have built up over the years.

Are We Teaching Millennials to Be Amoral?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Christopher B. Nelson

This is why I don't believe McBrayer has it right. The Common Core standards get almost everything wrong when it comes to educational policy, but not because they inculcate moral relativism.

Can Brands Be Enlightened?

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

Strategic brand management is a well-advised and profitable route. If a brand can capture the hearts and minds of its hard-to-please consumers and, even better, harness a 'spirit of the times', it will benefit from commitment, passion and even advocacy.

Ethics Training Is Missing the Mark: Here's Why

S. L. Young | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
S. L. Young

Decisions individuals make cannot be necessarily managed by external factors; although, if ethical training helps individuals to understand and prepare for the internal factors that might be experienced while dealing with ethical dilemmas.

Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

What Sony and the NFL Have in Common

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

When money and judgment collide today, it seems we pretty much always go with the money.