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...

Apologizing for “white” advertising

The CEO of my favorite outfitter, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), recently posted an open letter on the company’s website, with the heading: “Do white...

Value of competition

The markets are not free in most of the world which means that competition is curtailed. In Canada, the federal government has targeted some...

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...

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...

Persistent egoism: Why pursue self-interest?

Many people balk at the idea of ‘persistent egoism’ that I addressed in a recent post. They do so because they have absorbed the...

Why Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto will NOT diminish innovation, increase prices, and destroy...

The German chemicals multinational Bayer has finally completed its takeover of the U.S.-based Monsanto, after nearly a two-year process of obtaining regulatory approval in...

We need more selfishness, not less

Contrary to conventional wisdom, selfishness is a virtue--and we need more of it. For most people being called selfish is an accusation, not praise....

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...