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,...

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 selfishness requires: lessons from Volkswagen

To say that there is a lot of confusion about selfishness is an understatement. Last week I wrote about Volkswagen’s emissions rigging and argued...

Moral = practical

Recently I heard a colleague tell someone: “Everyone—except the naïve idealists—knows that one cannot be 100% moral in business; success in business requires compromising...

Is Amazon “fleecing the taxpayers”?

In a recent Financial Post column, Lawrence Solomon accused Amazon for “fleecing the taxpayers” through its lobbying for tax breaks and other corporate welfare...

Resolute stance for human flourishing: Resolute Forest Products sues Greenpeace

The attack on business by environmental NGOs (ENGOs) is relentless. Greenpeace, one of the best known ENGOs, continually targets several corporations, particularly those in...

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 is moral!

In the last class of my MBA business ethics course, a student commented that while he agreed that businesses must pursue profits to survive,...

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...

Why is trade not free?

In a recent National Post column, Robert Fulford rightfully lamented the fact that after a quarter century since the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement...

Corporate welfare is immoral

In its recently released budget, the Canadian government announced $6.4 billion of new corporate welfare spending. The aerospace sector will receive $1.2 billion of...

Free speech, censorship, and Facebook: Why should you care?

My esteem for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just dropped significantly. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, he implores the government to regulate “harmful”...