Business and happiness

A friend once gave me a T-shirt with “Happiness Is Positive Cash Flow” printed in the front. While I agree that positive cash flow...

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...

Why is there racism in business?

A recent trip to the Southern United States made me aware of a sad truth: racism is live and well, decades after racial segregation...

Three confusions in business ethics: selfishness, altruism and personal values

There seems to be three issues central to business ethics about which most people are confused: selfishness, altruism, and personal values. These are serious...

Is Amazon “fleecing the taxpayers”?

In a recent Financial Post column, Lawrence Solomon accused Amazon for “fleecing the taxpayers” through its lobbying for tax breaks and other corporate welfare...

Moral = practical

Recently I heard a colleague tell someone: “Everyone—except the naïve idealists—knows that one cannot be 100% moral in business; success in business requires compromising...

Volkswagen’s cheating was not selfish

Media coverage of Volkswagen’s astounding emissions-rigging scandal continues, for a good reason: the company’s (the executive’s who authorized the cheating and of all those...

A lesson from Yahoo’s ex-CEO: Why “embellishing” your resume–or any faking–is not a good...

Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo Inc. just since January, resigned this week when it was found out that his resume falsely stated that he...

Investment bankers’ contribution

I recently spoke with a retired investment banker who was disillusioned with his past profession. He said that he had seen so much what...

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 should business defend itself—even if it is for the right to sell super-sized...

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced recently a plan to ban large sodas (16 oz. or more) from New York City’s restaurants, movie theaters,...

Free speech, censorship, and Facebook: Why should you care?

My esteem for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just dropped significantly. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, he implores the government to regulate “harmful”...