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What Does it Mean for an Organization to Have an Ethical Culture?

Transcendent Values Must Lead the Way Are organizations ethical? How can we know? One way is to ask key questions such as: What are the values that inform ethical behavior? What is necessary to ethically evaluate whether and how their actions affect stakeholders? Does the organization have an ethical culture... Read more →


Incorporating a Balanced Scorecard Approach into Social Entrepreneurship

The Best Way to Measure Results of Performance in Today’s Organization Social enterprise has been a buzz word for millennials for some time now. A social enterprise is a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose. Social enterprises seek to maximize profits while maximizing benefits... Read more →


A Purpose-Driven Culture in Business is Important for Millennials

Why Ethics Should Take on a Greater Role in Business Decision-Making According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Culture Trends, 71 percent of employees said they would take a pay cut to work for a company whose values they share and 39% would quit if asked to do something unethical by their... Read more →


Has Wells Fargo Learned its Lesson?

Should a Company (or person) Be Defined By Their Worst Act? Every time I walk into the local branch of Wells Fargo Bank I wonder whether I should change banks simply because of the massive fraud committed by Wells Fargo that was made public in 2016. I thought about last... Read more →


Corporate Culture Run Amok

Product Safety Scandals Keep On Coming How can we explain the extent of recent corporate wrongdoing that raises the question: Where were the top officials? Just in the past few years we learned of fictitious accounts set up for customers at Wells Fargo and adding costs to the products sold... Read more →


Why Do Businesses Continue to Ignore Their Role as a Moral Agent?

Wells Fargo, VW, Takata Air Bags, and J&J: Failing the Ethical Tests of Moral Agency One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong... Read more →


Social Media Ethics in the Workplace

Managing Employee Behavior Online A version of this blog was first posted on October 16, 2012. Online social media applications are quickly gaining the mindshare of company employees and changing just as rapidly. With all the benefits that social media is bringing to the corporate world, a company faces numerous... Read more →


What Ever Happened to Johnson & Johnson?

From Ethics Hero to Goat On July 12, 2018, J&J was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The punitive damage part of the award ($4.14 billion) was the... Read more →


How Should Women Be Treated in the Workplace

Blog by Pepperdine University student Beth This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog #3. Let me preface this post by... Read more →


Dating in the Workplace

Blog by Pepperdine University student Victoria Dong This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog # 2. Last week at Happy... Read more →