Monthly Archives: May 2015

Is it Right to be Fired for Being a Jerk?

It’s all too easy to be happy when we see something bad happen to someone who has himself acted very badly. But ethically, we need to think a bit harder, especially when the “something bad” that happened was done to

Is it Right to be Fired for Being a Jerk?

It’s all too easy to be happy when we see something bad happen to someone who has himself acted very badly. But ethically, we need to think a bit harder, especially when the “something bad” that happened was done to

Similac: Another Irresponsible Shunning of GMO Ingredients

Another company is joining Chipotle on the list of companies that is putting consumers’ irrational desires, and its own profits — ahead of social responsibility. The company is going to dignify anti-scientific fears of GMOs by offering a GMO-free baby

Similac: Another Irresponsible Shunning of GMO Ingredients

Another company is joining Chipotle on the list of companies that is putting consumers’ irrational desires, and its own profits — ahead of social responsibility. The company is going to dignify anti-scientific fears of GMOs by offering a GMO-free baby

Same Sex Marriage and Counter-Discrimination

If it’s not OK for a business to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation, is it OK to discriminate against a business for its views (not its behaviour, but its views) on same-sex marriage? The blog entry below is

Same Sex Marriage and Counter-Discrimination

If it’s not OK for a business to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation, is it OK to discriminate against a business for its views (not its behaviour, but its views) on same-sex marriage? The blog entry below is

The ethical complexity of “backscratching”

Conflict of interest is an important modern ethical concept, and “backscratching” (as in, “you scratch my back — do me a favour — and I’ll scratch yours”) is a common form of it. As the author below points out, returning

The ethical complexity of “backscratching”

Conflict of interest is an important modern ethical concept, and “backscratching” (as in, “you scratch my back — do me a favour — and I’ll scratch yours”) is a common form of it. As the author below points out, returning

Universal Values and Virtues in Management

New from the Journal of Business Ethics. >>> Universal Values and Virtues in Management Versus Cross-Cultural Moral Relativism: An Educational Strategy to Clear the Ground for Business Ethics, by Geert Demuijnck Abstract: Despite the fact that business people and business

Universal Values and Virtues in Management

New from the Journal of Business Ethics. >>> Universal Values and Virtues in Management Versus Cross-Cultural Moral Relativism: An Educational Strategy to Clear the Ground for Business Ethics, by Geert Demuijnck Abstract: Despite the fact that business people and business

Entrepreneurship Matters: Economically, Politically, and Morally

Here’s an full-length video lecture (53 minutes) by Prof. Alexei Marcoux on Why Entrepreneurship Matters: Economically, Politically, and Morally. “Ideas have consequences…ideas change the world. How you think about something will not change what it is — it remains what

Entrepreneurship Matters: Economically, Politically, and Morally

Here’s an full-length video lecture (53 minutes) by Prof. Alexei Marcoux on Why Entrepreneurship Matters: Economically, Politically, and Morally. “Ideas have consequences…ideas change the world. How you think about something will not change what it is — it remains what

Walmart Announces New Animal Welfare Policy

Walmart has announced a very promising new animal welfare policy. The opinion piece below is written by a conservative evangelical Christian, but should be of broad interest. The writer is right in saying that this move by Walmart is likely

Walmart Announces New Animal Welfare Policy

Walmart has announced a very promising new animal welfare policy. The opinion piece below is written by a conservative evangelical Christian, but should be of broad interest. The writer is right in saying that this move by Walmart is likely

Can Target Ban a Secondary Market in Its Goods?

Is reselling Target merchandise unethical or does it just expose the weakness of a pre-internet-era, loss-leader business model? Should Target be permitted to refuse an order on the grounds that the company suspects the goods will be resold? These questions

Can Target Ban a Secondary Market in Its Goods?

Is reselling Target merchandise unethical or does it just expose the weakness of a pre-internet-era, loss-leader business model? Should Target be permitted to refuse an order on the grounds that the company suspects the goods will be resold? These questions

Consumers Don’t Trust ‘Organic’ Labels

Looks to us like consumers have figured out the truth about organics. Of course, consumers are wrong if they think there’s no formal definition at all. The term is regulated in both the US and Canada (and other places too).

Consumers Don’t Trust ‘Organic’ Labels

Looks to us like consumers have figured out the truth about organics. Of course, consumers are wrong if they think there’s no formal definition at all. The term is regulated in both the US and Canada (and other places too).

Net Neutrality versus the First Amendment?

Wherever you stand on net neutrality, this opinion piece is a useful illustration of the pervasive role of analogy in both the common law and applied ethics. >>> LINK: FCC’s Open Internet Order Won’t Stand Up To The First Amendment

Net Neutrality versus the First Amendment?

Wherever you stand on net neutrality, this opinion piece is a useful illustration of the pervasive role of analogy in both the common law and applied ethics. >>> LINK: FCC’s Open Internet Order Won’t Stand Up To The First Amendment