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...

Altruism is not a guide for living—or for business

Most of us pursue self-interest every day: we eat nutritious food, engage in productive work (to have a purpose and to make a living),...

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...

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...

What’s driving Amazon’s critics?

Shoppers love Amazon. And why wouldn’t we: fast, often free, home delivery of a wide variety of goods, at great prices and easy returns...

Why we should be selfish

I am teaching a business ethics course to MBA students where we cover the main moral codes, such as altruism (the morality of self-sacrifice)...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Demands for climate-change compensation from oil companies are immoral

The dominant narrative promoted by environmental activist groups—spread by the mainstream media—is that human activity is causing catastrophic climate change through CO2 emissions that...

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.