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Business Ethics

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.

Three Marks of a Rich Company

Ted Harro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Ted Harro

Earn money. It's necessary and can have huge power for good. But don't allow your organization to only earn money.

Earth Day: Act One

Michael Zacka | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Earth Day was a powerful first act to what could be a wonderful stage production by drawing worldwide attention to universal environmental issues and setting the stage for changes needed in our own consumption patterns.

The Delusion of Corporate Culture

Jeff Schmitt | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Jeff Schmitt

You see, I don't put much stock in culture these days. Maybe that's because it's so ingrained that I don't notice it anymore. Or, maybe it's because culture is all hype. Don't believe me. Look around your office.

Social Ethics: A Peek Into 2012

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Business as usual is changing. Or at least the way business leaders think about philanthropy is changing.

Meaning of Work: What For-Profit Corporations Can Learn From Non-Profits

Dr. Serena Reep | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business
Dr. Serena Reep

What gives? Why is there such disconnect and dissatisfaction with the work we do? We spend the largest portion of our wakeful moments at work; if these precious moments are spent in emotional detachment, it speaks volumes about our quality of life.

A Modest Proposal

Andrew Delbanco | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Andrew Delbanco

Students are losing a sense of how human beings grappled in the past with moral issues that challenge us in the present and will persist into the future. This is the shrinking province of what we call "the humanities."

Interview With a Philosopher: A Conversation With Keith Wyma and Tobin Senefeld on Goldman Sachs

Tom Morris | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Tom Morris

If Aristotle ran Goldman Sachs, what sort of press do you think the company would be getting these days? How would employees, past and present, describe their culture?

A Financial Dissident Movement?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Challenging the establishment is as old as history. Sometimes going out directly to the public is the avenue needed to have one's voice truly heard. When leaders and governments fail to address justice, people mobilize.

Feel Cheated by Wall Street? Look in a Mirror -- Not to Washington!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Marty Robins

The most recent kerfuffle involving the alleged depredations of Goldman Sachs illustrates a fundamental cause of our recent economic problems. No, not...

Chair of Financial Inquiry Commission Assails Wall Street's Continuing 'Breaches of Ethics'

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Marco Trbovich

Phil Angelides, chair of the nation's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, expressed his continuing disgust with how Wall Street has become "a casino floor as big as New York, New York," after wiping away $9 trillion of household wealth "like a day trade gone bad."

The Life-threatening Costs Of Becoming A Big Business

Greg Voakes | Posted 06.07.2012 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

The success of a company relies on a confluence of many things, one of which is an intuitive, user-friendly product that makes your life easier. However, business ethics and how your company conducts itself can quickly kill, or at least severely damage, the profit margin and reputation you have been working so diligently to establish.

Why We Don't Always Tell the Truth

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

From my experience, there are three fundamental concerns that cause people to shade the truth, either consciously or not.

If "Corporations Are People, Too [My Friend]," Shouldn't They Behave Ethically?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Corporations can take the lead in reforming their policies and practices, and re-positioning their branding accordingly -- thereby elevating the public's perception of their products and services -- as Good Corporate Citizens.

Even In a Palace a Right Life Is Possible

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Often I write about people making money by stretching ethics, flouting rules, or breaking the law. This commentary is different. It's about someone who was very successful financially and well-known in the Chicago Greek community.

Sustainability Runs Deep in Ethics Ranking

Mike Bellamente | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Mike Bellamente

A sign that eco-consciousness has become a mainstay in what is deemed ethical business practices, the 2011 list included several professionals either loosely or intricately tied to corporate sustainability trends.

The Cost Of "Doing The Right Thing"

Patricia Harned | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Patricia Harned

It's not too late to add one more New Year's resolution, a commitment to building an ethical culture at our places of employment where whistleblowers are encouraged and supported