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Business Ethics

5 Principles for Moral Leadership

John Paul Rollert | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
John Paul Rollert

Benjamin Franklin wasn't above a little "slick PR" but he believed that the appearance of integrity would inevitably be undone without the reality in support of it.

Leadership Movie of the Month

Anthony Silard | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Anthony Silard

If you believe that the answer to this question is yes, an ancillary question is at what point is violence acceptable when you are being continually subjected to physical abuse by another person?

Putting Whistleblowing in Perspective

Patricia Harned | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Patricia Harned

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) received 3,001 tips to its new Whistleblower Office during fiscal 2012 (starting in October 2011). This undoubtably begs the question: How can we put that number into context?

Trust and the Economy: Yes, They Do Go Together

Marty Robins | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Marty Robins

There's no shortage of debate about public policy which should or should not be used to deal with our current economic situation and the looming fisca...

Selling Isn't About You

Anne Zink | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

The most successful salesperson I know is also one of the most considerate and giving people I know. Do you think that's a coincidence?

The Business of Women

Monika Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business
Monika Mitchell

There is a lot of talk these days about what women don't do. We don't head Fortune 500 Companies. We don't sit on corporate boards. We don't hold key political seats.

About Leadership: My Own Voice

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Like a lot of what characterizes great corporate leaders, the key thing is to listen and observe, to learn techniques, and then to think about how to do this for yourself. This is not like rote learning. It is about internalizing, adapting and then practicing.

About Leadership: Ethics and the Corporation

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

The leadership of a company sets an ethical tone that pervades everything that employees in the company do.

China and an Ethical Mapping of the Global Economy

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
American Anthropological Association

Those who work in business ethics are often asked if corporate social responsibility is an oxymoron. When it comes to China, our interlocutors hint that the answer, more so than usual, is already settled.

Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide Ethics

Duane Elgin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Green
Duane Elgin

What are the ethics of irretrievably mutilating an entire planet? When will humanity express its moral outrage that it is wrong to devastate an entire planet for countless generations to come, just to satisfy the consumer desires of a fraction of humanity for a single lifetime?

Drawing a Line on Ethics in PR

Neville Hobson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business
Neville Hobson

Is the route to a more ethical public relations profession one that includes regulation or, at least, certification?

A Drug-Maker's Ethical 'Mistakes'

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo made profits in ways that manipulated the choices of doctors and sometimes resulted in patients' being subjected to significant risks without their informed consent.

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

5 Tips for Small Business From Hedge Fund and Private Equity Magnates

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 10.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Advice from hedge fund and private equity managers can resonate with all market players, whether investors, institutions, large or mid-size companies and small business. Here are five tips that can be applied to small business

Creating a Great Board of Directors

David K. Rehr | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business
David K. Rehr

When we have a great board, it makes the mission (whether it is making great products, providing outstanding services, curing AIDS, or ending malaria in Africa) easier to achieve. So how can a CEO use his/her board members to maximize the enterprise's success?

Following Stephen Covey's Advice

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Every brush with mortality must stir not a call for better regulation but an awakening to inner rejuvenation. The issue is not in our actions but our inner anchors.

Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

As it turns out, Superman's willingness to take a good old-fashioned butt whooping is as strong an asset as anything else he has in his arsenal. Superman's ethos and Lex's ruthlessness is the business equivalent of long-term sustainability and the short-term money grab.

Leadership Lessons From Wal-Mart's Bribery Scandal

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

This story of a deplorable leadership failure at one of the world's largest companies is a cautionary tale for corporate executives.

Kids Cheat Just Like Their Business Role Models Do

Susan Antilla | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business
Susan Antilla

A friend wrote me to say how troubled she was by this stunner from her 19-year-old: The freshman at a private liberal-arts college told her mom that cheating on exams was standard procedure at school, and that she fully expected that cheating would be an everyday thing once she got into the workplace, too.

Is Joe Paterno 'In Heaven'?

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rob Asghar

As any Penn State alum will tell you, Joe Pa did enormous good for his school and his community. But as most non-Penn-Staters will tell you, he seemed to put the image of his school above a rigorous commitment to rooting out monsters.

Six Principles for Business Ethics

John Paul Rollert | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
John Paul Rollert

By reevaluating our principles, we make them more relevant to the challenges we face. Our principles must live through us if business ethics is to be a way of life.

Should Companies Obey the Law If Breaking It Is More Profitable?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Indeed, if (in the sagacious words of Spiderman: The Movie) "with great power comes great responsibility," then the unprecedented power of today's large corporations places on them corresponding responsibilities to people affected by their actions.

Leaders' Character Must Take Precedence Over Their Resumes

Bill George | Posted 08.26.2012 | Business
Bill George

Will the parade of leaders who fail to fulfill their leadership responsibilities ever end? CEOs are public figures. Their actions are constantly being scrutinized inside and outside their organizations. For this reason their actions must be beyond reproach.

Romney and the Rise of the Corporate Superpredator Class

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No group of human beings is uniquely predisposed toward evil. But society and government are supposed to discourage people from from acting on their worst impulses, and when it comes to the corporate class they -- and we -- have failed.

When Good People Behave Badly

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
Sam Sommers

The psychology of fraud shares a lot in common with the psychology underlying another of society's most pressing ills... the combover.