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Vague Values, Popular Principles

In the opinion piece linked below, the author takes companies to task for the lack of precision, and downright silliness, that sometimes invades corporate attempts to state publicly what they stand for. The criticism in on-target, for sure. One quibble:

Vague Values, Popular Principles

In the opinion piece linked below, the author takes companies to task for the lack of precision, and downright silliness, that sometimes invades corporate attempts to state publicly what they stand for. The criticism in on-target, for sure. One quibble:

“Shrinkflation”: Deceptive Price Increase or Consumer Irrationality?

Marketing strategy, behavioral economics, and (perhaps) business ethics collide in “shrinkflation”: the not-new but recently much reported-on phenomenon of resizing product volume downward rather than raising prices on consumer products—particularly groceries. On one hand, it shouldn’t matter: whether a package in

“Shrinkflation”: Deceptive Price Increase or Consumer Irrationality?

Marketing strategy, behavioral economics, and (perhaps) business ethics collide in “shrinkflation”: the not-new but recently much reported-on phenomenon of resizing product volume downward rather than raising prices on consumer products—particularly groceries. On one hand, it shouldn’t matter: whether a package in

The NBA and Covid-19: The Difference a Year Makes

The item below contrasts the NBA’s original conservative approach to managing their little corner of the Covid-19 pandemic with the approach the league is taking this year. It’s worth knowing that the National Basketball Association is an odd sort of entity,

The NBA and Covid-19: The Difference a Year Makes

The item below contrasts the NBA’s original conservative approach to managing their little corner of the Covid-19 pandemic with the approach the league is taking this year. It’s worth knowing that the National Basketball Association is an odd sort of entity,

Reparations for Century-Old Wrongs?

A government minister in Ireland is suggesting that pharma company GSK should make reparation payments to the families of individuals who were subject to unethical research practices in a series of vaccine trials conducted between 1922 and the late 20th

Reparations for Century-Old Wrongs?

A government minister in Ireland is suggesting that pharma company GSK should make reparation payments to the families of individuals who were subject to unethical research practices in a series of vaccine trials conducted between 1922 and the late 20th

Big Pharma’s Pattern of Wrongdoing

Here’s a fascinating study that looks at the long-term pattern of ethical/legal violations by big pharmaceutical companies. The study, by Denis Arnold and colleagues (at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte), covers the period 2003 to 2016. The

Big Pharma’s Pattern of Wrongdoing

Here’s a fascinating study that looks at the long-term pattern of ethical/legal violations by big pharmaceutical companies. The study, by Denis Arnold and colleagues (at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte), covers the period 2003 to 2016. The

San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts

Can Monkeys Be Employees? Under What Conditions?

Is it wrong to give a monkey a job? Is it more wrong than, say, giving a job to a dog, or a horse, or any of the other animals we routinely give jobs to? Of course, most people would

Can Monkeys Be Employees? Under What Conditions?

Is it wrong to give a monkey a job? Is it more wrong than, say, giving a job to a dog, or a horse, or any of the other animals we routinely give jobs to? Of course, most people would

More Than a Credit Score: Is Creepy Surveillance Closer Than You Think?

We generally think that credit scoring is benign, but something like China’s Social Credit system is at best creepy—and at worst a totalitarian nightmare. But what if credit reporting agencies and other, similar companies are gathering data on you and

More Than a Credit Score: Is Creepy Surveillance Closer Than You Think?

We generally think that credit scoring is benign, but something like China’s Social Credit system is at best creepy—and at worst a totalitarian nightmare. But what if credit reporting agencies and other, similar companies are gathering data on you and

Innovation in Financial Advising: Where Does Ethics Come In?

Finance raises a handful of familiar ethical questions: When is disclosure required, of what, and to whom? When is a financial professional acting in a fiduciary capacity, what duties attach to that capacity, and to whom are those duties owed?

Innovation in Financial Advising: Where Does Ethics Come In?

Finance raises a handful of familiar ethical questions: When is disclosure required, of what, and to whom? When is a financial professional acting in a fiduciary capacity, what duties attach to that capacity, and to whom are those duties owed?