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Business Ethics

Occupy From the Inside

Tim Mohin | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Tim Mohin

Should companies have any role in protecting people and the planet? High profile cases of corporate misconduct mask the less sexy, but no less important, cases of companies choosing to do the right things right.

Hear the Lonesome Whistle Blow: Workplace Retaliation

Janice Harper | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Janice Harper

We love to romanticize the whistleblower. But rarely does that admiration extend to the worker beside us, regardless of our labor values.

Company Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Rises To All-Time High, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

Even though more workers are witnessing violations of company rules, they're feeling pressure not to say anything. Nearly half of workers witnesse...

Is Capitalism Moral? Wrong question, Part the Last

Pierre Whalon | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

What I am proposing is that we attend not only to the bottom line but also to the real human dimension of being an actor in the economy, an entrepreneur, or a business leader.

Is Capitalism Moral? Part Three

Pierre Whalon | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

If you know that embarking on a course of action will have evil consequences, and you go ahead anyway, you are morally responsible.

Is Capitalism Moral? Part Two

Pierre Whalon | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

Many people think that the question is null and void, since capitalism as an economic system cannot be judged morally at all. But if we ask the question a bit differently, it seems to me that some answers can be teased out.

People Should Come With Warning Labels

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.22.2012 | Comedy
Lisa Earle McLeod

Wouldn't it be great if people announced their dysfunctions and hidden agendas at the start of a relationship rather than you having to discover it later? Think about how much time you would save.

What Business Can Learn From Penn State

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

The current scandal unfolding at Penn State could carry lessons for the business community, providing multiple examples of what organizations should focus on as well as what they should avoid.

Re-Occupying Main Street

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

I believe there are analogies and lessons to be drawn from the responsible citizenship on display by demonstrators across the world, and the responsible ownership practiced by active shareholders in corporations.

Tick-Tock Goes the Developed World's Debt and Derivatives Clock: U.S. National Debt Fast Approaches 15 Trillion!

Lydia Fisher | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Chancellor Merkel faces a dilemma. Can you blame the German people for not wanting to bail out the French banks -- where does it end if the Eurozone debt crisis cascades?

A World Adrift in Turmoil, Yet Lit by Candles...

Lydia Fisher | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Capitalism isn't just about success -- it's about failure too -- allowing failed enterprises to fail.

The Financial Thriller Continues... What Do the Numbers 753, 20, 138, 130 and 35 Tell Us?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

The ongoing financial saga is morphing into a financial thriller. Makes one wonder. Maybe the "silver lining" in this financial crisis is that the "dirty laundry is coming out in the wash" -- worldwide.

From "Too Big to Fail" Banks to "Too Big to Default" Nations to What's Next?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

We've had financial bubbles before. This one's got a twist though. It's fraught with complexity, scope, depth, widespread fraud and bad underwriting practices making coming out of it, all the more difficult.

Somethin's in the air: What Happened to Scruples?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

If financial warfare is here to stay, doesn't it behoove those who run banks and nations to manage well as any one is vulnerable? And now that we've created this global financial hydra, and global world at large, how's it being managed and is it even possible?

Frankenstein, Return of the Zombies: The Sequel

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Frankenstein was a "failed artificial life experiment" that went badly wrong. Ours incubated in financial laboratories -- the result of complex "innovative" financial engineering.

All Businesses Should Have a Public Purpose, Not Just 'B-Corps'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

A distinct charter for the companies who think systematically about the social and environmental impacts of their decisions sends the wrong message. We need all businesses to operate that way. Nothing less will do.

Elizabeth Warren, Accountability, Debt Ceiling and: "No More Phonies" Reads America's Want Ad!

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Good for Elizabeth Warren for taking a stand. Coming from Wall Street, I know exactly what that means. You take the heat when you come up against the ...

Learning Basic Budgeting at Age 7, Wicker Armor and Clarions

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

How was basic credit analysis so overlooked by sovereign governments, banks, institutions, individuals? Is it a Shakespearean-like pursuit of returns, wants, profit and power? Can we assume that economies could grow to keep up with debt?

Is the "Glass Ceiling" Expanding, the Waiting Room Getting Bigger?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Are we at an inflection point where the traditional "glass ceiling" is expanding across the spectrum of society -- where education and hard work may not be the sole answer to getting ahead anymore?

The Story Of The Berkshire Hathaway Sokol Scandal

Business Week | Paul M. Barrett | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business

Berkshire's harsh report intensifies the attention the Sokol affair has focused on the succession question at Berkshire, a company whose achievements ...

Which CEOs Get 'Should?'

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

We are in the grip of bad ideas, false assumptions, and wrong values. Our 20th century habits of thought and behavior are getting in the way of responding to the new realities that require attention in the 21st century.

Personal Integrity Is The Best Preventative

Brad Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Unrestrained self-interest and greed, mixed with hubris, is a recipe for global financial disaster. I propose a radical solution: a return to religious virtues and personal integrity.

The Tipster Calls: Do You Take the Money and Run?

Phil Trupp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phil Trupp

Has insider trading been enhanced by digital technology and unique ways of tracing cons? Or has technology merely exposed a practice that has been at work for generations?

Innovating in Humanity

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

If this notion of what I call "human innovation" doesn't quite compute, it is because our traditional thinking on innovation is ripe for a breakthrough.

Ethical Leadership: An Operating Manual

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

The demand for ethical leadership is growing, yet the supply remains low, as evidenced by the recent credit crisis that sparked the worst global reces...