Monthly Archives: January 2016

Report: Widespread Match-Fixing in Pro Tennis

There are many forms of cheating in sport, or in any given sport. The accusation in the story linked below is that certain top players “threw” matches (i.e., lost intentionally). There are at least two different kinds of match-throwing, two

Report: Widespread Match-Fixing in Pro Tennis

There are many forms of cheating in sport, or in any given sport. The accusation in the story linked below is that certain top players “threw” matches (i.e., lost intentionally). There are at least two different kinds of match-throwing, two

Cost of Justice for Adjunct Professors

What would it take, in dollars, for universities to treat its least-advantaged instructors more fairly? That’s the question posed by the article linked below, by scholars Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness. This article is interesting for a couple of reasons.

Cost of Justice for Adjunct Professors

What would it take, in dollars, for universities to treat its least-advantaged instructors more fairly? That’s the question posed by the article linked below, by scholars Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness. This article is interesting for a couple of reasons.

Traits of Toxic Employees

Everyone has suffered through working alongside a “toxic” co-worker. But just what traits does such “toxicity” imply? The article linked below discusses the results of a Harvard study on just that topic. As explained by the reporter, the study found

Traits of Toxic Employees

Everyone has suffered through working alongside a “toxic” co-worker. But just what traits does such “toxicity” imply? The article linked below discusses the results of a Harvard study on just that topic. As explained by the reporter, the study found

Whistleblowers: Alone vs the System

Great classroom resource, here. Whistleblowing is a great ethics topic: whistleblowers (in the best cases, at least) bring serious wrongdoing to light. But there’s always an ethical “tension” related to the fact that whistleblowing always involves violating trust — however

Whistleblowers: Alone vs the System

Great classroom resource, here. Whistleblowing is a great ethics topic: whistleblowers (in the best cases, at least) bring serious wrongdoing to light. But there’s always an ethical “tension” related to the fact that whistleblowing always involves violating trust — however

Nestle Sued Over Child Labour

Food giant Nestlé is being sued over the use of child labour in harvesting cocoa in Ivory Coast. Interesting issues here. Child labour is always bad, but not always wrong. (Note that Ivory coast is very, very poor, and children

Nestle Sued Over Child Labour

Food giant Nestlé is being sued over the use of child labour in harvesting cocoa in Ivory Coast. Interesting issues here. Child labour is always bad, but not always wrong. (Note that Ivory coast is very, very poor, and children

Palm Oil: The Year in Photos

Palm oil has long been controversial. See, for example: “Palm oil: A secret eco-villain”, a 2014 piece from Maclean’s magazine. (Even Girl Scout cookies couldn’t dodge the controversy.) But pressure from environmentalists and protest groups seem to be having an

Palm Oil: The Year in Photos

Palm oil has long been controversial. See, for example: “Palm oil: A secret eco-villain”, a 2014 piece from Maclean’s magazine. (Even Girl Scout cookies couldn’t dodge the controversy.) But pressure from environmentalists and protest groups seem to be having an

Mediocre Business Ethics is Good Enough

How good is good enough? And is “good enough,” well, enough? The article below points to comments by Prof Hugh McLachlan, expressing a sentiment that deserves more attention. It’s important to realize that “basically decent” (rather than ethically-outstanding) businesses have

Mediocre Business Ethics is Good Enough

How good is good enough? And is “good enough,” well, enough? The article below points to comments by Prof Hugh McLachlan, expressing a sentiment that deserves more attention. It’s important to realize that “basically decent” (rather than ethically-outstanding) businesses have

Are Home Depot’s ‘Do-It-Herself’ Workshops a Good or a Bad Thing?

Consumerist relates the complaints of a reader irate about Home Depot’s ‘Do-It-Herself’ workshops: women-only sessions on home repair and home improvement topics. Home Depot is far from alone in offering sessions of this kind. Urban bicycle co-ops, for example, frequently

Are Home Depot’s ‘Do-It-Herself’ Workshops a Good or a Bad Thing?

Consumerist relates the complaints of a reader irate about Home Depot’s ‘Do-It-Herself’ workshops: women-only sessions on home repair and home improvement topics. Home Depot is far from alone in offering sessions of this kind. Urban bicycle co-ops, for example, frequently

Is Uber Making Taxi Drivers Nicer?

The research cited below suggests that when Uber enters a city’s taxi market, other taxi drivers started being nicer, presumably in response to the additional competition. This is important, both for taxi users and for students of business ethics, who

Is Uber Making Taxi Drivers Nicer?

The research cited below suggests that when Uber enters a city’s taxi market, other taxi drivers started being nicer, presumably in response to the additional competition. This is important, both for taxi users and for students of business ethics, who

Does Loyalty Cause Ethical or Unethical Behaviour? (Answer: Yes!)

Loyalty is a double-edged sword. Loyalty to a “team” is often cited as a source of bad behaviour. But evidence shows that loyalty can also inspire more ethical behaviour (beyond simply being faithful to your group). The Harvard research explained

Does Loyalty Cause Ethical or Unethical Behaviour? (Answer: Yes!)

Loyalty is a double-edged sword. Loyalty to a “team” is often cited as a source of bad behaviour. But evidence shows that loyalty can also inspire more ethical behaviour (beyond simply being faithful to your group). The Harvard research explained