Are you a “people-pleaser”?

A graduate student once told me that he was feeling anxious about disagreeing with his supervisor about the direction of his thesis work, because,...

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...

Why do we fear capitalism?

My MBA students have been discussing alternative social systems as context of business in my business ethics class. While most see the value of...

Key to effective management: Objectivity

Management is commonly defined as the process of accomplishing common goals by working through or with people. According to Chester Barnard, American businessman and...

Confusion of Bill Gates: Capitalism, socialism, and climate change

In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Bill Gates revealed his utter confusion when he claimed that “only socialism can save the planet from...

A Liberal government in Canada: prospects for freedom and prosperity?

Last week’s landslide victory of the left-of-center Liberal Party in the Canadian parliamentary elections after almost 10 years of Conservative government prompted me to...

Kudos to Exxon CEO for not appeasing climate alarmists

Exxon’s Rex Tillerson is my current CEO hero: unlike his peers, he refuses to appease the climate change alarmists who attack the Big Oil....

Pragmatism: A perilous approach to business

If you think that the best approach to business is to be pragmatic, think again. Pragmatism is widely considered a virtue in business, but...

“Settled science” vs. independent thinking

It’s the convocation season at universities, which means convocation addresses by those who receive honorary degrees. As a university professor, I have heard many...

"Settled science" vs. independent thinking

It’s the convocation season at universities, which means convocation addresses by those who receive honorary degrees. As a university professor, I have heard many...