Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

Ethical Discourse: The KBEI Blog
A space for thoughts and reflections on contemporary and perennial ethical issues. 

  • KBEI Fellow- Jeff Padnos

    are happy to have Jeff Padnos, President of the Padnos Company, as our KBEI Fellow for 2014-1015.  Periodically throughout the year he will be sharing some of his thoughts about ethics in business and how the Padnos Co., widely recognized for its progressive and community-minded practices, decides what the "right thing to do" is.  In an industry where, as Jeff has said, ethical challenges abound and it's usually not good news if you're on the front page, they have consistently set a high bar for how business should, or could, be done...Read More


  • Why Business Ethics is a (Hard) Practice             

“Can people really change?’  More than one student has asked me this after being      confronted with a wealth of information from the biological and cognitive sciences suggesting that the ethical aspirations championed by various philosophies and religions, those moral guidelines that are the foundation for ethical business practices, are up against forces that often enough make a mockery of our intentions, our will. . . Read More


  • Would an Ethics Course Help? (Part One)

Hard to say what changes people.  For the worse, power has always been the leading candidate, with money close behind.  For the better, children, surviving something life-threatening, or a religious experience usually make the list.  Other possibilities – and put them in the category you like – include travel, being fired, losing a parent, finding love, psychoanalysis, and the Red Sox winning the World Series.  It’s rare that anyone will say. . . Read More


  • Would an Ethics Course Help? (Part Two)

In Part One of my reflection I suggested that while difficult, the teaching of ethics is certainly not impossible. So then, how to go about it? What might make some actual difference to students who come across these courses? And again, lest anyone think this is purely academic, in their 2004 report on the rather sorry state of ethics education in business schools. . . Read More


  • Brief Interlude

In a recent Vanity Fair article titled “The Man Who Crashed the World,” Michael Lewis (author of a number of justly celebrated books and articles on Wall Street) offers this telling paragraph: "How and why their miracle became a catastrophe, A.I.G. F.P.’s traders say, is a complicated story, but it begins simply: with a change in the way decisions were made, brought about by a change in its leadership. . . Read More

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