Monthly Archives: October 2016

Business Should Stay Out of the Way When Government Invests in Education

This issue really keeps the “S” in “CSR”, and reminds us that social obligations can be obligations, even when there’s no business case. >>> Paul Martin says business needs to let government lead on education, by Chris MacDonald for Canadian

Business Should Stay Out of the Way When Government Invests in Education

This issue really keeps the “S” in “CSR”, and reminds us that social obligations can be obligations, even when there’s no business case. >>> Paul Martin says business needs to let government lead on education, by Chris MacDonald for Canadian

Ikea vs Chinese Senior Citizens on Dates

The story below is about Ikea’s attempt to limit Shanghai seniors. Is a giant retail store in any sense a “public” space? Legally, it is private property? (We must admit that we’re not sure what that means in a communist

Ikea vs Chinese Senior Citizens on Dates

The story below is about Ikea’s attempt to limit Shanghai seniors. Is a giant retail store in any sense a “public” space? Legally, it is private property? (We must admit that we’re not sure what that means in a communist

Yahoo Mail: When Does a “Walled Garden” Become a Data Prison?

Some tech industry business models are “walled gardens”—to enjoy the benefits of the service you have to enter the garden, but once in the garden it’s cumbersome to leave. Apple’s iTunes/iCloud ecosystem and Evernote are examples of useful services that

Yahoo Mail: When Does a “Walled Garden” Become a Data Prison?

Some tech industry business models are “walled gardens”—to enjoy the benefits of the service you have to enter the garden, but once in the garden it’s cumbersome to leave. Apple’s iTunes/iCloud ecosystem and Evernote are examples of useful services that

Firing for Bad Off-the-Job Behaviour

In the 5-minute interview linked below, BEH editor Chris MacDonald discusses whether it’s a good thing for employers to fire employees for bad behaviour off-the-job. The title is a reference to TV host Billy Bush, who has been suspended (and

Firing for Bad Off-the-Job Behaviour

In the 5-minute interview linked below, BEH editor Chris MacDonald discusses whether it’s a good thing for employers to fire employees for bad behaviour off-the-job. The title is a reference to TV host Billy Bush, who has been suspended (and

No More Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Today marks the end of the road for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. A month ago, Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s due to reports of the phones catching fire. Today, it has announced a much more

No More Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Today marks the end of the road for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. A month ago, Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s due to reports of the phones catching fire. Today, it has announced a much more

Is Discrimination Bad for Business?

There’s an old, optimistic hypothesis, credited to economist Gary Becker, that discrimination in the workplace is doomed because companies that discriminate based on irrelevant things like gender and race will cut themselves off from talented potential employees. Of course, discrimination

Is Discrimination Bad for Business?

There’s an old, optimistic hypothesis, credited to economist Gary Becker, that discrimination in the workplace is doomed because companies that discriminate based on irrelevant things like gender and race will cut themselves off from talented potential employees. Of course, discrimination

Should a Consumer Be Compensated for Disgusting Experience?

Should a company compensate a customer who has a disgusting experience? A Toronto-area man recently bit into a chocolate bar, only to find that it was full of live, wriggling worms. The store offered him a refund — the product

Should a Consumer Be Compensated for Disgusting Experience?

Should a company compensate a customer who has a disgusting experience? A Toronto-area man recently bit into a chocolate bar, only to find that it was full of live, wriggling worms. The store offered him a refund — the product