business ethics

business ethics


Business Ethics: Doing the Right Thing (V&E-16)

business ethics November 17th, 2017

The goal today is to discuss business ethics, corporations, companies, non-profits, workplaces, and industry: what best practices are, which ethical principles are relevant, what can go wrong, what ought to happen, how corporations fit into the scheme of corporate social responsibility, how business ethics relates to sustainability, the “triple bottom line,” and the like. Ronald F. Duska, Ph.D. is my first partner in dialogue. He served as a past president and executive director of the Society of Business Ethics, and has published many books on this topic. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the graduate business schools of St. Joseph’s and Villanova Universities. My second guest is Michael Boylan, Ph.D., the John J. McDonnell, Jr. Chair in Ethics as well as the philosophy department chair at Marymount University. In addition to books entitled Natural Rights and The Origins of Ancient Greek Science, he put one out last year named A Just Society – his manifesto on ethics and social-political philosophy.

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Leadership: Values- and Ethics-Based (V&E-11)

values-based leadership November 14th, 2017

The following piece, “Values-Based Leadership” is chapter 11 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My industrious and learned partners in dialogue are Tom Morris, Ph.D. and Bernie Horn. In today’s climate, it is especially important that corporate executives, pastors, politicians, and professors in business schools “bring their values to work with them.” Much is on the line, and all those spheres can benefit from an ethical, responsible, dignified form of leadership. When we look at national politics, one might say we desperately need more leadership based on philosophy, ethics, and legitimacy.

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Corporations as Persons – An Oxymoron?

corporations are now ubiquitous April 12th, 2017

Corporations were originally a commonsensical way to pool money and reduce risk for business ventures. It can take credit for quite a few industrial, trade, and capitalistic advancements. However, this Frankenstein has come to dominate the planet. Something is very, very wrong. The United States may be the worst example of this devolution. The nature of the modern corporation “as a person” is dubious, alarming, and harmful. How it came to be and the nature of the transmutation is fascinating, if not disturbing. To investigate this intriguing phenomenon and to discuss values and ethics in this Frankenstein of an institution, Jason and guest Jenni Prisk (of the organization Voices of Women), speak with Richard Grossman, the Co-director of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD). He is co-author of Taking Care of Business: Citizenship and the Charter of Incorporation. He offers his wisdom by lecturing widely on issues of corporate power, law, and democracy. It’s a no-holds-barred look at what is wrong with capitalism in America.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

April 12th, 2017

What is corporate social responsibility? It’s an intriguing question, with myriad nuances, guidelines, principles, outcomes, and benefits. Jason was pleased to hear from the noted British expert on doing the right thing, and incorporating values in business, Mallen Baker. Mallen is very experienced in matters of corporate social responsibility and is able to offer many words

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The Ethical Business in the Era of Globalization

April 12th, 2017

Ethical concerns for business pop up in the newspaper almost daily. Businesses have always been challenging and rich with opportunities to do the right (or wrong) thing, but with the advent of corporations and globalization, it has only gotten more intense. With sourcing, production, marketing, human relations, and so on, there are countless decisions that could

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Leadership

April 11th, 2017

This show features the inimitable “public philosopher” Tom Morris, PhD, speaking about the philosophical aspects of leadership. Starting with Aristotle, Morris brings years of experience to the table and creates a lively and useful discussion on values and ethics. How ethics relates to leadership is a critical area of examination. Business is the main focus.

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Values in Business

April 10th, 2017

For the fifth show Jason has done on business values and ethics, we all have our personal values, but of course, values are inherent in the business world. Do we cheat or tell the truth? Do we compete fairly or in an unscrupulous manner? How do we treat the employees (or, do we steal time

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Socially-Responsible Investing/Business

April 10th, 2017

What is the proper role of business? How can one who is making investments through the stock market invest wisely and responsibly, while instilling their values and ethics? What does it mean for an act to be “socially-responsible?” Why should one bother to worry about these concerns when making money or turning a profit are

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Exploring “Social Entrepreneurship”

April 10th, 2017

What is “social entrepreneurship?” How can it help to transform the top-heavy and callous corporation? How does the concept of worker-owned business make it possible to bring about a sea-change in our conservative and bourgeois free enterprise system? What difference will changes along these lines make? Can we bring more ethics and values into our

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The “Triple Bottom Line” in Business

April 10th, 2017

For decades and decades (centuries?), the “bottom line” in business has referred to the last line on the ledger that indicates how much profit a company made, instead of values and ethics. Indeed, industry has a history of oppressing the worker when it can, and mistreating the environment when it’s able. All in the name

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