Altruism means self-sacrifice, not benevolence

Despite the positive connotations of benevolence and kindness that most people hold for altruism, that is not what this moral code means. The Encyclopedia...

We need more selfishness, not less

Contrary to conventional wisdom, I argue that selfishness is a virtue and that we need more of it. For most people being called...

Selflessness is not a virtue

Most people take it for granted that selflessness is a virtue. In business, altruism—always putting others first, selfless service to a company,“servant leadership”—is praised...

Virtuous egoism

You have heard this before: you are either good, or you are selfish. For the majority of people, virtuous egoism is an oxymoron: they...

Businesses make the world a better place

Hollywood has a long history of businessman movie villains, from Mr. Potter in ‘It’s a wonderful world’ to ‘Wall Street’s’ Gordon Gekko and Lord...

Business is a moral endeavor

When I tell people that I teach business ethics, I am often told that it is an oxymoron because business cannot be moral. That...

Misunderstood self-interest

I have been reading articles about business ethics lately, and to my dismay discovered a common feature: a lack of understanding of self-interest. This...

Three confusions in business ethics: selfishness, altruism and personal values

There seems to be three issues central to business ethics about which most people are confused: selfishness, altruism, and personal values. These are serious...

Why business people should be honest

In my years of teaching ethics to business students, I must have heard it all when it comes to justifying deception and lying in...

Volkswagen’s cheating was not selfish

Media coverage of Volkswagen’s astounding emissions-rigging scandal continues, for a good reason: the company’s (the executive’s who authorized the cheating and of all those...

Objecting to the ‘season of giving’ by Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz has written an excellent, timely op-ed article in the Washington Post, with which  I wholeheartedly agree. Please see it here.

Are Starbucks’ benefits to part-time employees altruistic?

Altruism is widely misunderstood. So is egoism. Many people believe altruism means benevolence and kindness and egoism ruthless exploitation of...