Why be moral? Your life depends on it!

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...

Why isn’t there more rational selfishness?

I am teaching business ethics to a class of MBA students. The course covers the main alternative moral codes: altruism—the most widely adopted code...

Key to effective management: Objectivity

Management is commonly defined as the process of accomplishing common goals by working through or with people. According to Chester Barnard, American businessman and...

Why every business student needs to learn about rational ethics

We all need ethics, a set of moral principles, to guide our choices and actions. Since we have no automatic knowledge of the right...

“Under capitalism, who would regulate us?”

"Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.” –Ayn Rand To...

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...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—and for those reasons only, I...

The causes of the Greek economic tragedy—and the cure

New headlines and news stories about Greece’s looming economic collapse appear daily. This weekend, the National Post has a series of articles on the...

What I learned from my business ethics students: The appeal of altruism

I taught two business ethics courses this fall: one to undergraduate business students, and the other to an Executive MBA class. It was a...

Exploitation vs. trade: Win-lose or win-win?

A well-educated, intelligent acquaintance was telling me how the quality of care at a privatized, formerly government-run hospital had immediately declined after it was...

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...

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...