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:...

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....

Why business people should be honest

In my years of teaching ethics to business students, I must have heard it all when it comes to justifying deception and lying in...

Is “green” oil good for us?

The carbon reduction craze has been now embraced by the Canadian oil sands producers as the unavoidable necessity to “clean up” their product to...

What selfishness requires: lessons from Volkswagen

To say that there is a lot of confusion about selfishness is an understatement. Last week I wrote about Volkswagen’s emissions rigging and argued...

Appeasing “stakeholders:” How not to deal with corporate critics

A few months ago I announced the “Corporate Appeasement Award” for Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain that caved in under an environmentalist-orchestrated...

Pragmatism is impractical—why does it rule in business?

Pragmatism—compromising principles to achieve goals—is prevalent not just among politicians (think of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran). It is also a common hazard...

And the award for corporate appeasement goes to: Tim Hortons

Last week, I praised Exxon’s CEO for standing up to climate change activists and defending his company’s moral right to produce oil—a source of...

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...