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...

The moral case against universal basic income

Finland, my native country, has decided to end its experiment with universal basic income. This is good news.At the beginning of last year, 2,000...

Snake oil business and its appeal

Why do people fall for ‘snake oil’ products, those claimed to provide miracle cures and quick fixes for various problems, perceived and real: excess...

Teamwork vs. independent thinking?

If we are to believe people like President Obama who famously said: “You didn’t build that”, we would conclude individual accomplishment is insignificant; only...

Value of freedom

In an alarming article in the Financial Post, Geoffrey Morgan reports how North American cities are increasingly taking measures to fight climate change—public transit...

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...

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...