Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rating Employees’ Ethical Behaviour

A move by a major corporation to reward employees for ethical behaviour is bound to attract attention; but we have lots of questions about the story linked below. Who will do the ratings? Based on what? How will they measure

Rating Employees’ Ethical Behaviour

A move by a major corporation to reward employees for ethical behaviour is bound to attract attention; but we have lots of questions about the story linked below. Who will do the ratings? Based on what? How will they measure

Unethical Recruitment Practices of College Football Teams

Should a businessperson’s word be as good as a contract? And should universities be held to a higher standard than the average businessperson in this regard? Those are just some of the questions that arise in this story of broken

Unethical Recruitment Practices of College Football Teams

Should a businessperson’s word be as good as a contract? And should universities be held to a higher standard than the average businessperson in this regard? Those are just some of the questions that arise in this story of broken

Is it Ethical to take Government Bailouts… Again and Again?

At what point should we say that enough is enough? Companies sometimes seek government bailouts. And governments sometimes give them. And sometimes, maybe, that’s a good thing. It’s still debated (and debatable) whether the US government’s bailout of certain “too-big-to-fail”

Is it Ethical to take Government Bailouts… Again and Again?

At what point should we say that enough is enough? Companies sometimes seek government bailouts. And governments sometimes give them. And sometimes, maybe, that’s a good thing. It’s still debated (and debatable) whether the US government’s bailout of certain “too-big-to-fail”

60% Off!!! Retailer Deception, Consumer Irrationality, or Both?

This piece on retailers’ price discounting practices could be a good classroom conversation starter on ethics in sales, deception in bargaining and negotiation, and the like. Three quick observations: (1) There is a distinction to be made between an action

60% Off!!! Retailer Deception, Consumer Irrationality, or Both?

This piece on retailers’ price discounting practices could be a good classroom conversation starter on ethics in sales, deception in bargaining and negotiation, and the like. Three quick observations: (1) There is a distinction to be made between an action

Is Watching the Super Bowl Unethical?

If an activity is unethical, is it unethical to enjoy watching it? The blog posting below takes recent criticism of pro football and (on the day after Super Bowl Sunday!) turns it on fans. The author compares enjoying watching football

Is Watching the Super Bowl Unethical?

If an activity is unethical, is it unethical to enjoy watching it? The blog posting below takes recent criticism of pro football and (on the day after Super Bowl Sunday!) turns it on fans. The author compares enjoying watching football

Law Forbids Secret Videos of Factory Farms

The editorial linked below criticizes a new law passed in North Carolina that forbids “undercover recordings” of abuse at farms and slaughterhouses. (The law technically applies to other workplaces, too, but in practice the law is clearly aimed at protecting

Law Forbids Secret Videos of Factory Farms

The editorial linked below criticizes a new law passed in North Carolina that forbids “undercover recordings” of abuse at farms and slaughterhouses. (The law technically applies to other workplaces, too, but in practice the law is clearly aimed at protecting

Op-Ed: Raising Minimum Wage = Pricing Marginal Workers Out of Walmart Jobs

This Wall Street Journal op-ed by CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder is a useful illustration of economic concepts and their real-life application in labor markets and business decision-making, using Walmart’s wages and recent store closures as its example. Explicitly, Puzder

Op-Ed: Raising Minimum Wage = Pricing Marginal Workers Out of Walmart Jobs

This Wall Street Journal op-ed by CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder is a useful illustration of economic concepts and their real-life application in labor markets and business decision-making, using Walmart’s wages and recent store closures as its example. Explicitly, Puzder