Why isn’t there more rational selfishness?

I am teaching business ethics to a class of MBA students. The course covers the main alternative moral codes: altruism—the most widely adopted code...

How objective moral principles make decisions easier

A new semester, a new business ethics class. Although the students are self-selected—my course is an elective, I motivate them in various ways. For...

Why businesspeople need moral principles

I recently received feedback from the students in my MBA business ethics course earlier this year. While a number of them were enthusiastic in...

Not “giving” or “taking” but trading

The New York Times recently attempted to tantalize readers with a headline: “Is Giving The Secret of Getting Ahead?”. The article featured Adam Grant,...

Why business and force don’t mix

My recent post on the Pope’s misguided accusation of business for exploiting workers has received some reactions that indicate a misunderstanding of the role...

Robbing from the rich in order to give to the poor: immoral and impractical

Last week the mayor of a Spanish town in Andalusia was orchestrating raids to local supermarkets for the purpose of stealing food to feed...

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...

Should the nanny state dictate training for Uber drivers?

Most governments take their nanny role seriously, but some are more zealous than others. Among the most zealous is the provincial government of Quebec....

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 moral purpose of business: Larry Fink vs. T.J. Rodgers

Larry Fink, CEO of one of the largest investment management firms in the world, BlackRock, has sent a letter to all S&P 500 CEOs,...

Are Starbucks’ benefits to part-time employees altruistic?

Altruism is widely misunderstood. So is egoism. Many people believe altruism means benevolence and kindness and egoism ruthless exploitation of...

Do capitalism and egoism cause buildings to collapse and crush workers?

Almost 400 garment workers were crushed to death when shoddily built factory building collapsed in Bangladesh last week. Tragedies like this lead to a...