Why avoiding taxes is moral

The recent leak of the Panama Papers—which consist of confidential banking documents that report names of thousands of offshore corporations and their shareholders—created a...

“Inclusive capitalism” is not capitalism

Returning from a trip to Europe (the excuse for no posts recently), I read a column in the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition by...

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...

Mark Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place: Productiveness vs. charity?

Facebook CEO and recent parent Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter to his newborn daughter—cum a political manifesto—in which he makes the ‘Billionaires’ Pledge’...

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...

The nanny state of Finland

On a recent visit to Finland, I had some exposure to the current state of the culture and politics of my native country. Sad,...

How to maximize long-term profits: The reality principle

A recent Financial Post column relates a real-life counter example of how not to maximize long-term profits, which I think is worth analyzing. To...

Celebrating work

On Labor Day, I celebrate work. I know I am a little off the original purpose of this holiday, as it was initiated at...

Why every job is a thinking job

A friend who used to work as a general contractor regularly placed the following job ad: “Thinking carpenters wanted.” I recalled that when talking to...

Purpose in life: “the poetry of work”

In a recent column, “Labours of love,” Robert Fulford writes “an ode to those who take pride in their work.”...

Tax avoidance, productiveness, and employee cheating

In a recent column in Canada’s Globe & Mail, my colleague Loren Falkenberg discusses “unintentional” and “benevolent” cheating by employees and offers advice for...

Why Is It Moral to Pay CEOs 300 Times More Than Average Employees?

The compensation of Chief Executive Officers of large American corporations is about 300 times more than that of the average employee. Such a big...