Outsourcing is moral

When I told my husband that I was going to write a post defending outsourcing, he suggested the title “I love foreign workers.” That...

Profit maximization as moral purpose: Channeling Milton Friedman

To many, profit maximization seems cold, heartless, even exploitative. They consider business immoral and the profit-seeking corporate model to be in need of reform....

Business doesn’t need a “social license to operate”

A “social license to operate” has been widely accepted as something that companies need to gain and maintain, particularly in resource-based industries, such as...

How to be profitable and moral in 2019

The title of this post takes its cue from columnists and bloggers who offer advice for the coming year at this time, although a...

Why business makes Christmas better

Millions of people are about to celebrate Christmas, by decorating their homes, setting up Christmas trees and lights, getting together with their families, exchanging...

Business is moral!

Business is in a dire need of moral defense. I have written posts defending the oil sands producers and outsourcing by banks, but those...

Supermarkets—our enemies?

“Every time we step through its doors we enter into a battle with our enemy, the supermarket corporation, whose motives are totally opposed to...

Who do you trust more: business or government?

An undergraduate business student recently told me: “People of my generation trust government more than they trust business, particularly large corporations.” While I wasn’t...

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...

Does fighting climate change give business an advantage?

Business columnist Kevin Carmichael recently argued that carbon offsets gives the international shoe manufacturer and retailer ALDO an advantage in attracting customers. To be...

What is business ethics for?

A new semester, and a new class of business ethics, has begun. In my class, we initially discuss concrete examples of ethical dilemmas in...

How business improves lives

I have just returned from the world’s biggest gathering of business school academics who study management and organizations, the annual meeting of the Academy...