Monthly Archives: December 2016

Rule-Breaking in Silicon Valley Startup Culture

Entrepreneurs are rule-breakers: their stock-in-trade is convention-defying novelty. Does it matter which conventions they defy and, if so, are they defying the wrong ones? The legal philosopher H. L. A. Hart distinguished two socially-relevant senses of rule. The first sense

Rule-Breaking in Silicon Valley Startup Culture

Entrepreneurs are rule-breakers: their stock-in-trade is convention-defying novelty. Does it matter which conventions they defy and, if so, are they defying the wrong ones? The legal philosopher H. L. A. Hart distinguished two socially-relevant senses of rule. The first sense

Can Google’s Confidentiality Agreement Bar Writing Novels?

Can a confidentiality agreement go too far? A lawsuit brought under a California state statute permitting employees to sue on behalf of co-workers alleges that Google‘s employee confidentiality agreement violates California labor law by requiring employees to forgo communication with

Can Google’s Confidentiality Agreement Bar Writing Novels?

Can a confidentiality agreement go too far? A lawsuit brought under a California state statute permitting employees to sue on behalf of co-workers alleges that Google‘s employee confidentiality agreement violates California labor law by requiring employees to forgo communication with

Corporate Democracy: Are Apple’s New By-Laws Shareholder-Friendly Enough?

Shareholder democracy is different from political democracy. For example, its basic participation rule is one-share/one-vote, not one-person/one-vote. Another difference is that corporate democracy sees shareholders vote by way of proxies rather than the conventional ballots we encounter in political elections.

Corporate Democracy: Are Apple’s New By-Laws Shareholder-Friendly Enough?

Shareholder democracy is different from political democracy. For example, its basic participation rule is one-share/one-vote, not one-person/one-vote. Another difference is that corporate democracy sees shareholders vote by way of proxies rather than the conventional ballots we encounter in political elections.

Should Food Product Date Labeling Promote Consumer Safety or Curb Food Waste?

Food product date labeling that is intelligible to consumers emerged in the United States in the 1970s amidst concerns about food safety and freshness. That history is important because food safety and freshness continues to be the lens through which

Should Food Product Date Labeling Promote Consumer Safety or Curb Food Waste?

Food product date labeling that is intelligible to consumers emerged in the United States in the 1970s amidst concerns about food safety and freshness. That history is important because food safety and freshness continues to be the lens through which

Professionalism, Agency, & Market Failures

New from Business Ethics Quarterly. >>> Professionalism, Agency, and Market Failures, by Hasko von Kriegstein According to the market failures approach to business ethics, beyond-compliance duties can be derived by employing the same rationale and arguments that justify state regulation

Professionalism, Agency, & Market Failures

New from Business Ethics Quarterly. >>> Professionalism, Agency, and Market Failures, by Hasko von Kriegstein According to the market failures approach to business ethics, beyond-compliance duties can be derived by employing the same rationale and arguments that justify state regulation

Nooyi’s PepsiCo: Promoting Healthy Eating or Just Good PR?

Superficially, PepsiCo is a CSR dream. Led by an India-born woman who wears her cultural heritage proudly, the company both is a financial juggernaut and, through its evolving product mix, leading a crusade for “healthy” eating. However, as this Wall

Nooyi’s PepsiCo: Promoting Healthy Eating or Just Good PR?

Superficially, PepsiCo is a CSR dream. Led by an India-born woman who wears her cultural heritage proudly, the company both is a financial juggernaut and, through its evolving product mix, leading a crusade for “healthy” eating. However, as this Wall

Spot Ethics Problems Before They Happen

BEH co-editor┬áChris MacDonald was recently interviewed by the International Association of Business Communicators about the relationship between ethics and corporate communications, in particular with regard to avoiding but then when necessary dealing with ethical lapses. Here’s a snipped. The full

Spot Ethics Problems Before They Happen

BEH co-editor┬áChris MacDonald was recently interviewed by the International Association of Business Communicators about the relationship between ethics and corporate communications, in particular with regard to avoiding but then when necessary dealing with ethical lapses. Here’s a snipped. The full