July 22, 2014
Writing the majority opinion, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito roundly rejected the idea that corporations are legally required to maximize profits for shareholders.
March 25, 2014
We all tend to think that corporations exist to make money for shareholders. I think that's part of the reason why people resent corporate influence in politics. Why is the common perception of corporations wrong?
April 4, 2013
From KBEI Fellow Jeff Padnos: " I do not know the status of the discussion about whether "ethics" is a separate course in philosophy vs business, but my inclination, as you know, is to minimize that split."
January 8, 2013
An essay from Malcom Gladwell on Enron, intelligence, and the perils of too much information.
January 1, 2013
In financial history, Ponzi schemes the fraudulent enterprise of paying off old investors with money collected from new ones are the most peculiar of crimes.
February 10, 2012
At Hewlett-Packard, under the tumultuous stewardship of Carly Fiorina, the country's most visible female chairman and C.E.O., unauthorized disclosures to the press became a particular problem.
April 12, 2011
Can people really change? The biological and cognitive sciences suggest that the ethical aspirations championed by various philosophies and religions are up against forces that often enough make a mockery of our intentions, our will.
November 17, 2010
The teaching of ethics is certainly not impossible. What might make some actual difference to students who come across these courses? So then, how to go about it?
October 27, 2010
Hard to say what changes people. For the worse, power has always been the leading candidate, with money close behind. It's rare that anyone will say, "I know, it was that Ethics course I took."
August 16, 2009
Reflections on the impact one man can have on a global financial system.