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Business Ethics

Can a Business Have a Conscience?
Manuel Velasquez, Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at SCU, discusses the moral responsibility of corporations.
Brian Green
Should Part-Time Workers Have a Say on Their Schedules?
Should employers pay employees extra for on-call work and give two weeks? notice of a work schedule? Are employers obligated to factor in their employees? family and personal lives into their bottom line business decisions?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Creating an Ethical Culture as CFO
In a presentation entitled "Role and Responsibilities of the CFO in the Ethical Culture of the Organization," three panelists discussed how to create a culture that will encourage employees to withstand the pressure to falsify financial records.
Margaret Steen
Kids in the Workplace
Should kids be allowed in the workplace? Are parents entitled to extra flexibility than nonparents?
Patrick Coutermarsh
The Pitfalls of Performance-Based Pay
A recent U.K. court ruling on an incentive structure that led to illegal sales tactics and numerous conflicts of interest sparks a discussion on the pitfalls of performance-based pay.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
The Ethics of Exploiting Tax Loopholes
Firms have gotten more and more savvy at finding ways to legally pay less in taxes. Are they obligated to follow the "spirit of the law," or legality the only consideration?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Incentivizing Employees to be Healthier
Corporations are increasingly turning to incentive programs to get employees to be more health conscious, and in turn bring down medical costs.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
The Ethics of Working from Home
A panel discussion, "Economic, Ethical, and Legal Attributes of Working from Home," explores this growing trend.
Margaret Steen
The Unavoidable Ethical Dilemmas That Entrepreneurs Face
Predictable ethical questions that arise in startups
Mindful Managers
James O'Toole describes mindful managers as capitalists who created profitable businesses but also had strong ethical compasses, respected others, and wanted to use their organizations to foster human development.
Margaret Steen
Building and Nurturing an Ethical Culture
An overview of what companies can do to promote ethics in the workplace by Albert C. Pierce.
Margaret Steen
Sacred Texts in Business Ethics
Five key texts that provide the foundations of business ethics
Kirk O. Hanson
Corporate Board Independence and Conflicts of Interest
Four videos on identifying and addressing possible conflicts of interest for members of corporate boards
Daniel Cooperman and Kirk O. Hanson
Chinese Perspectives on Doing Business in China
Summary of a panel featuring Liu Baocheng, director of the Center for International Business Ethics
Margaret Steen
Western Perspectives on Business Practices in China
Summary of a panel featuring Chris Cooper, Deloitte; Carson Block, Muddywaters; and David Chen, Microsoft.
Margaret Steen
Building an Ethical Business Culture in China
Summary of a panel featuring Sheridan Tatsuno, Dreamscape Capital; Stanley Kwong, professor, USF; and Jacqueline Fan, Ernst & Young.
Margaret Steen
Corporate Governance: Board Members Reflect
Video series with three corporate directors on the board's role in promoting ethical behavior
Robert Finocchio, Richard Levy, Michael Hackworth
Ethics for Corporate Boards
Video conversations between former federal prosecutor Hank Shea and Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson on corporate governance
Role And Responsibilities of Ethics and Compliance Officers
Differences between ethics and compliance and best practices for executives
Patrick Gnazzo and Kirk Hanson
Effective Boards
A three-part video conversation on corporate governance
Bob Finnochio and Lon Allan
LittleBrother is Watching You
New technologies allow employers to check whether employees are wasting time at recreational Web sites or sending unprofessional e-mails. But when do an employer's legitimate business interests become an unacceptable invasion of worker privacy?
Miriam Schulman
Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Ethics of Product Usage
SCU Dirksen Professor in Ethics Manuel Velasquez discusses expanding notions of corporate responsibility for personal injury.
Anne Federwisch
Power and Ethics in the Executive Suite
A review of recent research on the effects of power and applications to the business world
Miriam Schulman
Role of the CEO in Building an Ethical Organization
Panel discussion featuring Radha Basu (SupportSoft), Ken Denman (Openwave Systems), Robert Ewald (SGI), Mark Lonergan (Lonergan Partners)
Miriam Schulman
Role of the CFO in the Ethical Culture of an Organization
The CFO can become an ambassador for ethics throughout a corporation.
Miriam Schulman
Beyond Compliance: Globalization Demands More Effective Programs
Management of values in a business organization
Kirk O. Hanson
Religious Perspectives on Business Ethics and the Economy
A bibliography and resources
Perspectives on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors for Corporate Culture
A report on the best board practices delivered at the April 6-7, 2005 Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership Meeting
Vail Leadership Institute
Business Ethics in China
Stephan Rothlin, general secretary of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, discusses Chinese approaches to corruption.
Miriam Schulman
24/7 Workplace Connectivity: A Hidden Ethical Dilemma
An exploration of the effect of digital technology on workers' health and relationships
Charles F. Piazza
Speaking Truth to Power: A White Paper
O'Toole, aresearch professor in the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, explores how to encourage candor within organizations.
James O'Toole
Encouraging Internal Whistleblowing in Organizations
How can businesses encourage employees to report ethical lapses?
Lilanthi Ravishankar
Insider Trading: Law, Trust, and Prevention
A definition of and scenarios about insider training, plus suggestions about what businesses can do to discourage it
Business Ethics in China: Resources
Collection of materials on business ethics in China from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Ethics and the Middle Manager: Creating
Specific behaviors middle managers must demonstrate in order for lower level employees to understand that the organization is serious about ethics
Kirk O. Hanson
Roles and Responsibilities of the General Counsel in the Organization
Panel discussion among general counsels of large and small cap companies
Tom McCoy, Craig Nordlund, Martin Collins, Fred Go
Principles for Building an Ethical Organization
R. Gopalakrishnan, executive director of Tata Sons, offers five principles for executives.
Miriam Schulman
Does Business Ethics Teaching Affect Practice?
Transcript of a panel discussion on the question, "Has business ethics teaching and research had any discernible impact on business practice in the US and around the world?"
Manuel Velasquez, R. Edward Freeman, Mary Gentile,
Incorporating Ethics into the Organization's Strategic Plan
Robert Finocchio, former CEO of Informix, offers prescriptions for making ethics part of strategy
Miriam Schulman
Ethical Challenges in Human Resources
A talk given to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership
James O'Toole
History of Business Ethics
A history of business ethics, focusing on ethics in business, business ethics as an academic field and a movement.
Richard T. De George
Advice from Aristotle
Aristotle was a practical and business-oriented philosopher who defined principles in terms of the ethics of leadership.
James O'Toole
Confronting Unethical Conduct
Ethics for associations and nonprofit organizations.
Kirk O. Hanson
When Good People Do Bad Things at Work
Rote behavior, distractions, and moral exclusion stymie ethical behavior on the job. Discusses Ford Pinto case.
Dennis J. Moberg
Good Start
How businesses can incorporate ethics from the start-up phase.
Kirk O. Hanson
When Do Startups Have to Grow Up and Embrace Diversity?
Do startups get a ?pass? on creating diversity in their rapidly growing staffs? If so, for how long? Second, at what point do startups owe the public transparency about their worker diversity?
Betting on the Death of Employees
Increasingly, companies are taking out insurance policies on the lives of their employees, and keeping the proceeds when they die. Is this practice unethical?
Kirk O. Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Pondering Your Worst Nightmare to Aid Ethical Decision-Making
At the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Boris Feldman helped participants explore the ethical problems that can arise in some particularly thorny situations.
Margaret Steen
Doing Business in China: Cultural and Legal Issues
Advice for U.S. businesses establishing themselves in China
Jim O'Toole and Leslie Yuen
Doing Business in China: Exploring Securities Fraud
When companies in China seem too good to be true
Jim O'Toole and Carson Block
Another Hoop for Job Applicants to Jump Through
The online retailer Zappos has removed all traditional job postings and is requiring applicants to join and participate on the company's social network. Is this an abuse of power?
Kirk O. Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
From Global Ethic to Ethical Decision Making
How to move from commonly shared ethical principles to ethical action in government and business
Kirk O. Hanson
General Solicitation and Startup Fundraising
The SEC recently lifted the ban on general solicitation, meaning companies can now public advertise that they are seeking money. What affect will this have on startups and investors?
Elizabeth Powers, Joe Schmid, and Martin Zwilling
Should Executives be allowed to be on Social Media?
A recent incident involving PayPal and a disgruntled (and former) executive prompts an evaluation of corporate thinking on social media.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Financial Professionals and Fairness
The tug of war over values in the aftermath of the financial crisis
The Board's Role in an Ethical Culture
A video conversation on tone at the top.
Jim Balassone, Catherine Lego
Paying Employees to Quit
Paying dissatisfied employees to quit is becoming increasingly common. Is this a policy that should be embraced?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Unlimited Vacation Time: Best Practice or Cost Cutting Measure?
At first glance, unlimited vacation hours seem only to benefit employees, but recent research suggests there are other motives in play.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Retraining vs. Hiring Aborad
Do tech firms have an obligation to hire Americans over foreign talent?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Rethinking Corporate Policy Toward Whistleblowers
In light of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations: should companies leave room for principled whistleblowing on specific issues?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
When to Step Down from the Board
At what point is a board member ethically obligated to step aside?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Does Sincerity Matter in Public Apologies?
Assuming the campaign orchestrated against Apple is trumped up, is it acceptable for Apple to act like it has done something wrong and apologize, or even obligatory in order to protect shareholders?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Respecting User Privacy Despite Profiting From It
Given the value of "big data" to Google, company managers face a dilemma in determining where to draw the line between data they should collect and data that violates privacy.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Balancing Corporate Giving With Employee Perks
In tight economic times, how high of a priority should companies grant corporate citizenry relative to other expenses?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
The Six Ethical Dilemmas Every Business Professional Faces
Video of a talk delivered at Bentley University as the Verizon Visiting Professor of Business Ethics address
Kirk O. Hanson
How Multitasking Affects Ethics
Clifford Nass discusses the long-term effects of multitasking and social networking on attention spans.
Margaret Steen
The Whistle-Blower's Quandary: Fairness or Loyalty
Different values motivate workers who blow the whistle and those who don't
James O'Toole
The Intersection of Corporate Law and Ethics
Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery John W. Noble explores how laws, regulations, and ethical principles work together in corporate governance.
Margaret Steen
Anatomy of a White Collar Crime
Former Federal Prosecutor Hank Shea talks with Steve Brown, a Missouri state legislator who lost his seat and his law license for a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Margaret Steen
Transforming An Organization's Ethical Culture
Video interview with Greg Coplans, executive vide president of Hitachi Data Systems
Working From Home: Ethical Concerns
Video interview with Patty Woolcock, executive director of the California Strategic Human Resources Partnership
Cyber Security and the Obligations of Companies
Ken Baylor, an expert on IT security and regulatory compliance, addresses the reality of cyber security in 2013.
Margaret Steen
Privacy and Innovation
Travis LeBlanc, special assistant attorney general of California, and Irina Raicu, Internet Ethics Program Manager at the Ethics Center discuss whether privacy concerns must stifle innovation.
Margaret Steen
History and Role of the Delaware Court of Chancery
Sam Glasscock, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, explains why Delaware corporate law has become a U.S. Standard.
Nexus of the Law and Ethics
Joseph Grundfest, professor of law and business at the Stanford Law School, a key to ethical decision making is determining what is smart.
Legitimate Role of Whistleblowers in an Organization
Video of a conversation with Hank Shea, former federal prosecutor and professor of law at St. Thomas University
Hank Shea
How to Navigate Your Way Out of No Man's Land With Ethics
Using your moral compass to improve your company's performance
Dan Crawford
When Things Go Wrong in China
Summary of a panel on the FCPA featuring Chris Forrester, Morrison & Foerster, and Randy Gausman, former CFO of Rae Systems
Margaret Steen
Lessons on Ethics and Compliance in China
Five takeaways from a meeting on Business Ethics in China
Margaret Steen
Investigation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Against the background of financial scandals and the recent economic collapse, companies are under increasing scrutiny and are facing real risks in terms of regulatory action that can impair their ability to conduct business, according to Craig Martin, a partner at Morrison & Forester. Martin and Catherine Madrid, a partner at Ernst & Young, talk with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson about the role of internal investigations as one of the affirmative steps companies can take to make sure they are in compliances with the law.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Chief Legal Officer in the New Reality
The role of corporate counsel in the company's ethical culture
Miriam Schulman
Ethical Meltdown: Red Flags for Boards of Directors
Ethical Meltdown: Red Flags for Boards of Directors
Jim Balassone
What is Business Ethics? A Video Introduction
Markkula Ethics Center Director covers basic concepts in business ethics
Kirk O. Hanson
Corporate Governance and Ethics: Conversations with the Delaware Court
Video interviews with justices from the Delaware Court of Chancery and Supreme Court
Ethics and Venture Capital
Franklin "Pitch" Johnson, co-founder of Asset Management, reflects on ethical challenges for start-ups and venture funds
Miriam Schulman
Coming to Grips with Guilt
A white collar felon describes how arrogance, greed, and resentment led to his crime.
Mark Faris, Hank Shea, Kirk O. Hanson
E-mania: Ethical Approaches to E-mail Overload
E-mail behavior raises questions about how we treat each other and how we treat common resources.
Miriam Schulman
Ethical Risk Assessment: Crisis-prone or Crisis-prepared
Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson and SCU Assistant Professor of Management Shawn Berman describe a risk-assessment tool.
Anne Federwisch
Reconstituting the Ethical Culture at Hewlett Packard
Summary of a presentation by Hewlett-Packard Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Jon Hoak on steps the company took to renew their commitment to ethics after the pretexting scandal.
Miriam Schulman
Business Ethics, Fiduciary Responsibilities, and the Law
A conversation with J. Travis Laster, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, about the fiduciary duties of corporations. Interviewed by Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson, Laster discusses the role of incorporation in regulating business, whether fiduciary responsibilities extend beyond the shareholders, and how the law can chart a middle course between managers and shareholders.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Board Oversight of Compliance and Business Conduct Programs
Three different perspectives on setting the ethical tone of a company from the board level
W. Swenson, B. Finocchio, Jr., A. Muller, C.S. Par
Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and the Board
Practical suggestions for corporate board members on the ethical aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy
Tim Harris, partner, Morrison & Foerster
Taking Your Code to China
Why it is so difficult to apply Western companies' codes of conduct in China, and what the most successful companies are doing to make it work.
Kirk O. Hanson and Stephan Rothlin
Risk Oversight: A View From the Audit Committee
Video and PowerPoint slides from a presentation on risk
Robert Finocchio, Jim Balassone, et al
Internal Audit, Partner in Ethics
Chief legal officer of Millennium Management discusses making internal audit an integral part of an organization's ethical culture
Kirk Hanson, Simon Lorne
Fiduciary Duty vs. Shareholder Empowerment
A three part video interview on corporate governance issues with Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court Myron Steele
Myron Steele, Kirk Hanson
Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (video)
Matt Flannery, CEO and cofounder of the microfinance organization Kiva, spoke in the 2011-12 High Tech Ethics and Law series.
Matt Flannery
Inattention Is an Ethical Problem
Report on a talk on multi-tasking by Daniel Siciliano and Katharine Martin
Miriam Schulman
Ethics and Your First Job in Business (video)
Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, talks with Meghan Skarzinski, a senior finance major at Santa Clara University and a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, about how to put values to work in business.
Kirk O. Hanson and Meghan Skarzynski
How to Fire Your Mother
When a company must downsize, management faces tough decisions. Nearbuy Systems CEO Byran Wargo and CFO Kevin Beals talk about the painful choices they faced, including the need to let go of the CEO's mother.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Business and Human Rights
A discussion of the UN's "Protect-Respect-Remedy Framework" for companies and governments addressing human rights issues.
Doing Business in Asia: The Ethical Challenges
Remarks from the seminar, "Worlds in Collision? East Meets West: Doing Business and Investing in Asia"
Kirk O. Hanson
Corporate Governance
Three perspectives on governance from the Center conference, "The Accountable Corporation."
Tom McCoy, Katharine Martin, Stephen F. Diamond
Managing Moral Responsibility for Product Use
Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics Manuel Velasquez asks the question, Is a company responsible for the uses to which customers put its products?
Miriam Schulman
War Against Corruption
Ethical challenges for companies doing business abroad. Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, interviews Rob Weisberg, Global Ethics Officer, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Conscious Capitalism
There is a form of capitalism that actually is virtuous. Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, interviews James O'Toole, Professor of Ethics at Daniels School of Business on conscious capitalism.
Ethical Challenges of Doing Business in China
Kirk Hanson interviews Stephan Rothlin on the challenges of doing business in China
Insider Trading Enforcement
A definition of insider trading and tips on preventing the problem
Miriam Schulman
What Really Went Wrong With Enron? A Culture of Evil?
A panel of Santa Clara University Business Ethicists reflect on the reasons behind the Enron scandal.
Business Ethicists Panel
Lessons from the Enron Scandal
An interview with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson.
Kirk O. Hanson
Link Between Moral and Market Values
Market value accounting and fraud.
William K. Black
Curbing Corruption Around the Globe
Summary of a presentation by Glenn Ware, chief investigative counselor for the World Bank, on the bank's Department of Institutional Integrity
Anne Federwisch
Encouraging Internal Whistleblowing (And More!)
An update on how organizations can set up mechanisms to identify wrongdoing
Carl R. Oliver and Francis J. Daly
Exploring Ethical Lapses During the Rite Aid Crisis
Former Rite Aid COO and interim CEO Timothy Noonan gives a frank account of an ethical lapse that he wished he had avoided
Anne Federwisch
Safety, Corporate Responsibility, and the Oil Spill
Lessons from the oil spill on managing corporate behavior
Kirk O. Hanson
Reducing the Risk of White Collar Crime (video)
Former federal prosecutor discusses preventing corporate wrongdoing
Hank Shea
An Introduction to Caritas in Veritate
An outline of the key themes of the papal ecyclical on economic issues
Kirk O. Hanson
Facing Conflicts of Interest in Troubled Times
A seminar co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and Morrison Foerster
Financial Bailout Bill
Emerging Issues - Financial Bailout Bill [10/06/2008]
Emerging Issues Group
Business Ethics in Action: Jesuit Business School Strategies for Engaging Business Executives
An exploration of the distinctive elements of Jesuit business education
Kirk O. Hanson
Corporate Gatekeepers
Panel focused on inside and outside counsel, audit committees, and other individuals and groups responsible for the ethical conduct of business organizations
K. Hanson, M. Collins, D. Rains, K. Schick
Business Ethics in the Chinese Context
Director of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing Stephan Rothlin talks about progress and challenges.
Miriam Schulman
Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics brings together executives and scholars in a forum designed to increase the members knowledge about effectively managing ethics in business organizations.
Business Ethics in China: Challenges and Opportunities
A panel featuring C.S. Park, Seagate Board of Directors; Wing Li, Managing Director, Atelier Capital Corp.; Alan Lee, Co-founder of Forrester Group, Chongbang Holdings; Baocheng Liu, Dean, Sino-French School of International Management, Beijing, China; James OToole, Research Professor, USC Marshall School of Business
Margaret Steen
Four Perspectives on Indian Business Practices
A panel featuring Arvind Bhambri, Associate Professor, USC Marshall School of Business; Pravir Malik, Managing Director, Advisory Service, Business for Social Responsibility; Vic Kulkarni, President and CEO, Sequence Design Inc; P. Christie, S.J., Director, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai, India.
Margaret Steen
Business Ethics in a Global World: An Introduction to the Issues
CEO of Business for Social Responsibility Aron Cramer offers perspectives on how Chinese and Indian companies apply business ethics.
Margaret Steen
Business Ethics in a Global World: India's Changing Ethics
Marketing professor Jagdish Sheth looks at the new "Asian Century."
Margaret Steen
Speaking Truth to Power: The Role of the Executive
James O'Toole argues that great leaders encourage candor.
Jennifer Pittman
Transformation of Work
Summary of a presentation by Edward Lawler highlighting findings from his book "The New American Workplace."
Anne Federwisch
Ethical Issues in the Financial Services Industry
Summary of a presentation by Ronald F. Duska and James A. Mitchell on the reasons for ethical lapses in the industry and some ways to protect against them.
Anne Federwisch
Assessing for Ethics
Dan Pracher, business development manager for Development Dimensions International, explores how to hire employees who mesh with the ethical culture of the organization.
Anne Federwisch
Ethics of Leaking
How to tell whether a leak is worth publishing--or taking seriously
Kirk O. Hanson and Jerry Ceppos
Members of the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership Honored
Business Ethics Magazine names six partner companies to the annual list of 100 best corporate citizens.
New Strategies for Corporate Responsibility
A candid analysis of the potential and limitations of the corporate responsibility movement by U.C. Berkeley Professor David Vogel
Sharleen Sy
Unocal in Burma
Background to a suit in federal court alleging that members of a minority Burmese group had been subjected to relocation, forced labor, torture, murder, and rape on the Yadana pipeline project
Manuel Velasquez
Role of the Audit Committee in Business Ethics
Executives discuss how new standards are changing corporate governance
Tom McCoy, Marty Malone, Susan Wang, Nick Moore
Presentations from "The Accountable Corporation"
PowerPoint presentations on topics from CSR to executive compensation, to ethical leadership from the Center's 2005 Global Business Ethics Conference
CEOs: Setting the Ethical Tone
The role of the CEO in setting a company's ethical culture was the focus of a panel at the April 6 meeting of the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership, a program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and 13 corporations.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Ethics of Human Capital
What specific social responsibilities should businesses assume?
James O'Toole
Silicon Valley Executives Discuss Building an Ethical Organization
These comments are excerpts from presentations at the Ethics Center's third biennial global business Ethics Conference, "The Accountable Corporation," held February 18-19, 2005, on the Santa Clara University campus.
Ned Barnholt, Dan Warmenhoven
Culture Suggests Cheaters Do Prosper
Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson looks at the results of Americans' winner-take-all attitude.
Kirk O. Hanson
Social Evaluation: The Body Shop International 1995 (PDF)
The report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the social practices, performance and impact of The Body Shop International.
Kirk O. Hanson
Is It Ethical to Shop at Wal-Mart?
Wal-Mart is frequently the target of criticism for its employment practices and its effect on the larger economy and community. How should consumers evaluate these issues?
Bob Brownstein, Jeffrey Seglin
Nation of Cheaters
A look at the rise in cheating in America.
Kirk O. Hanson
Of SNPS, TRIPS, and Human Dignity: Ethics and Gene Patenting
Report on a Center conference about the law and ethics of gene patenting.
Miriam Schulman
Employee Loyalty
A company founder talks about employee loyalty in boom times.
an interview with Cheryl Breetwor
Work-Life Balance
Providing time for family at a start-up company.
an interview with Warren Anderson
Blurred Lines
What is company time?
an interview with a Young Entrepreneur
Ethics and Company Folklore
One of the co-founders of Apple Computer talks about instilling ethics into company culture.
A.C.
Hurry, Hurry
The role of rushing in ethical lapses.
an interview with Gina Pastega
Who's Holding the Bag?
The role of banks and institutional investors in IPOs.
an interview with Donald Milder
Vendor as Investor
Using credit with vendors as an investment in a start-up.
an interview with Bob Lorenzini
Who is a Customer?
Hyping vs. lying at a start-up company.
an interview with Umang Gupta
Income Gap
An examination of growing income inequalities between rich and poor in the United States.
By William A. Sundstrom
How Trust is Achieved in Free Markets
A free-market approach to establishing reliability.
Daniel B. Klein
Time to Go Home
Long work hours have ethical ramifications.
Miriam Schulman
From Synchilla to School Support
Outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia is recognized for corporate responsibility.
Lisa Gardiner
Winery With a Mission
Fetzer Vineyards exhibits attention to sustainability and workers' quality of life.
Miriam Schulman
Only the Ethical Survive
A CEO discusses ethical business leadership.
Michael Hackworth
Treatment of Emplolyees in High-Tech Start-Ups
Weakness rather than evil accounts for many instances of unethical behavior.
Denis J. Moberg