Ethical decision-making

Whistleblowing Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Workplace Ethics Advice If an employee knows that a co-worker or supervisor is doing something that is against company policy, the first step is to determine what are the prescribed steps to bring these matters of concern to the proper authorities within the organization. Many organizations have whistle-blowing protocols such... Read more →


Behavioral Ethics in the Workplace

Dealing With Ethical Blind Spots and Bounded Awareness Key to Corporate Social Responsibility I’ve come to the conclusion that relying solely on teaching students’ ethical principles using philosophical reasoning methods won’t cut it with respect to enhancing ethical decision-making. We need to go beyond that and recognize there are other... Read more →


Finding Your Ethical Voice

Ethics in the Workplace Can Be Complicated I have blogged many times before about the importance of having a code of ethics in business that promotes an ethical culture. A code of ethics is needed to memorialize the firm’s commitment to ethical behavior. It also details the ethical expectations of... Read more →


Reinforcing the Ethical Culture and Values of an Organization

Suggestions for Top Management There are many writings about corporate culture but one stands out in my mind because the thoughts are those of Big-4 firm Deloitte. Providing advice to clients on how to strengthen corporate culture says a lot about the firm’s commitment to serve their clients not only... Read more →


The Ethics of Dating in the Workplace

Should You or Shouldn't You? The following discussion and case study is taken from my newly published book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. The book is available for sale on Amazon. According to a Harris Poll conducted from November 28 to December 20, 2017, that... Read more →


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 →


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 →