What’s wrong with Amazon jumping on the minimum wage bandwagon?

Amazon recently announced that it will raise the hourly wage it pays to a minimum of $15, to the cheering of its workers. CEO...

Why business requires moral clarity and courage

Why would a practical endeavor such as business—creating wealth through production and trade of goods and services—require moral clarity and courage, you may ask....

How to help workers flourish?

Labor Day celebrates labor unions as the protectors of workers against exploitation by “greedy” capitalists—corporations that allegedly would lock up workers in inhumane conditions...

Who should you hire—and how to get hired?

At a recent Objectivist conference (OCON), Lars Christensen, a co-founder of the Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, gave a presentation about the influence of...

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...

Wealth concentration is not a moral disgrace

On my recent visit to Southern California, I read an op-ed in the LA Times by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, the authors of...

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...

Dealing with bullies at work

In an ideal world, everyone behaves rationally. We would get our work done through win-win interactions with others, by trading value for value and...

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...

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:...

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...