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Tips for being a better boss—from philosophy

I get anonymous feedback from students on my business ethics course, most of it  appreciative for getting the tools for being a better manager:...

Why every business student needs to learn about rational ethics

We all need ethics, a set of moral principles, to guide our choices and actions. Since we have no automatic knowledge of the right...

How mistaken moral views explain bad economics

Morality poses the question: For what purpose should I live and how? Economics studies how to organize production and trade of goods and services...

Moral virtues of business success: Lessons from Madoff

Earlier this year, the infamous pyramid investment king Bernie Madoff was testifying in court, in conjunction with a lawsuit that seeks to get his...

Beneficiaries vs. “victims” of capitalism?

I recently did an interesting tour of the Carrie Furnaces, a national historic site of a former iron mill near Pittsburgh. Our guide who,...

Business leaders’ appeasement on climate change: What can they do?

President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, receiving prompt condemnation from environmentalists, media, heads of other governments—and business leaders....

“The same for everyone”

“The same for everyone”“The same for everyone” are  installations of illuminated text by the Scottish artist Nathan Coley, erected on scaffolding around Aarhus, Denmark...

Embracing the nanny state versus valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. The other day I was listening to a...

Profit maximization is moral!

In the last class of my MBA business ethics course, a student commented that while he agreed that businesses must pursue profits to survive,...

The power of entrepreneurship: Report from Vietnam

What can we learn about entrepreneurship from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a communist dictatorship, you may wonder. Had you asked me just a...

The folly of corporate income taxation: Failure to integrate knowledge

Elizabeth Warren and her fellow leftists love corporate taxation because they see it as a means of income redistribution from wealthy investors to workers,...

Which is more important: Creating wealth or “giving back”?

Last week I attended an awards gala called “Rising Stars.” It was organized by Canada’s Oilweek magazine to recognize up-and-coming leaders in the oil...