A thoughtful article on the Hobby Lobby Case

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.

A Liberal Case for Why Corporations are People, too.

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?

A Practical University

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."

Open Secrets from the New Yorker

January 8, 2013

An essay from Malcom Gladwell on Enron, intelligence, and the perils of too much information.

Madoff and his Models

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.

Loose lips at Hewlett-Packard

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.

Why Business Ethics is (Hard) Work

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.

Would an Ethics Course Help? Part 2

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?

Would an Ethics Course Help? Part I

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."

A Brief Interlude

August 16, 2009

Reflections on the impact one man can have on a global financial system.

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