Monthly Archives: June 2015

Is Shareholder Wealth Maximization Killing the U.S. Computer Industry?

In the midst of diagnosing what he sees as an ailing U.S. computer industry, Cringely makes the classic anti-shareholder-wealth-maximization rhetorical move of conflating shareholder wealth maximization with raising the share price. By so doing, share-price manipulations (like those of the

Is Shareholder Wealth Maximization Killing the U.S. Computer Industry?

In the midst of diagnosing what he sees as an ailing U.S. computer industry, Cringely makes the classic anti-shareholder-wealth-maximization rhetorical move of conflating shareholder wealth maximization with raising the share price. By so doing, share-price manipulations (like those of the

Using Smartphones to Boost Compliance

Getting every single one of a company’s employees to obey the law, all of the time, is harder than it sounds. Getting the right messages — the right rules, the right norms, the right guidance — in front of them

Using Smartphones to Boost Compliance

Getting every single one of a company’s employees to obey the law, all of the time, is harder than it sounds. Getting the right messages — the right rules, the right norms, the right guidance — in front of them

Next Focus for Gay Rights: Employment Discrimination

This week saw a major decision by the US Supreme Court, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the US. But many forms of anti-gay discrimination are still legal, in many US states. This includes discrimination in employment. In many places, it’s

Next Focus for Gay Rights: Employment Discrimination

This week saw a major decision by the US Supreme Court, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the US. But many forms of anti-gay discrimination are still legal, in many US states. This includes discrimination in employment. In many places, it’s

Ethics Job at Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Hey, those of you seeking an academic job in business ethics! >>> Open Rank Professor in Business Ethics / Leavey School of Business The Management Department of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University invites applications for an

Ethics Job at Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Hey, those of you seeking an academic job in business ethics! >>> Open Rank Professor in Business Ethics / Leavey School of Business The Management Department of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University invites applications for an

Is Catering to Anti-GMO Ignorance Anti-CSR?

Business ethicists and CSR scholars are quick to decry business firms and business models that exploit consumer ignorance. By the same token, ought they also to decry Chipotle’s and Whole Foods’ promotion of consumers’ scientifically-unfounded fear of GMOs? If not,

Is Catering to Anti-GMO Ignorance Anti-CSR?

Business ethicists and CSR scholars are quick to decry business firms and business models that exploit consumer ignorance. By the same token, ought they also to decry Chipotle’s and Whole Foods’ promotion of consumers’ scientifically-unfounded fear of GMOs? If not,

Is It Rational to Pay Bribes?

Bribery is unethical. But if it makes rational, economic sense to do it, then the ethical argument faces an uphill battle. The blog entry below suggests that while it sometimes seems like bribery might be rational — after all, it

Is It Rational to Pay Bribes?

Bribery is unethical. But if it makes rational, economic sense to do it, then the ethical argument faces an uphill battle. The blog entry below suggests that while it sometimes seems like bribery might be rational — after all, it

Does Capitalism Bring Peace?

People — including business-people — sometimes talk as if business IS war. But war and commerce involve fundamentally different norms. In war, you get stuff by taking it. In commerce, you get stuff by offering other people things they want.

Does Capitalism Bring Peace?

People — including business-people — sometimes talk as if business IS war. But war and commerce involve fundamentally different norms. In war, you get stuff by taking it. In commerce, you get stuff by offering other people things they want.