Tag Archives: Business Ethics

Stakeholder Responsibility

According to the article “Corporate and Stakeholder Responsibility: Making Business Ethics a Two-Way Conversation” by Jerry D. Goodstein and Andrew C. Wicks, while it is imperative that an emphasis remains on corporate responsibility, it is just as important that stakeholders … Continue reading

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On the Separation Thesis

Olsson Center Senior Fellows R. Edward Freeman and Jared D. Harris have written on the separation thesis in business. This thesis contends that there is a separate morality for business. Expressions such as “that’s a business decision” or “it’s business, … Continue reading

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Adam Smith’s Legacy for Ethics and Economics

Olsson Center Senior Fellow Patricia H. Werhane has written about interpretations of Adam Smith and capitalism in the past. In a 2006 article, she challenges a popular understanding of the Wealth of Nations. According to the popular reading of Smith, … Continue reading

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What Stakeholder Theory is Not

Excerpted from an article by Robert Phillips, R. Edward Freeman and Andrew C. Wicks
The word “stakeholder” has become a commonly used term in business and in other sectors. The term means many different things to many different people and hence … Continue reading

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A New Future for Microfinance Institutions?

by Brad Brown, Professor at the U.Va. McIntire School of Commerce and Olsson Center Senior Fellow
Microcredit and microfinance have captured the imagination of the world by providing what appears to be a successful model of economic development in which poor … Continue reading

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Employer-Employee Relationship in the 21st Century

Olsson Center Senior Fellow Shawn Berman, Professor of Business & Society at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, recently gave a talk on the “employer-employee relationship in the 21st century.” Berman was speaking to the Business Ethics … Continue reading

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Purpose Matters

Guest blog post by Dr. Sybille Sachs
This weekend I was visiting my father who is spending four weeks in a little village in the Swiss mountains for recovery. When I entered the hotel I was pleased with the warmth of … Continue reading

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Organizational Interventions, Context and Stakeholders

Olsson Center Senior Fellow Bidhan Parmar has studied organizational interventions at companies and has some useful tips for business leaders implementing change. In a new video, he explains the importance of organizational context and the “ecosystem” in which these changes … Continue reading

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Big Data and Ethics

by Olsson Center staff
Big Data was one of the buzzwords of 2012. It captured the imaginations of journalists, academics and the business world. Like all buzzwords, it encapsulates a phenomenon that was already in existence.
Large companies have been using big … Continue reading

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Are We Oversimplifying Value?

by Andrew Wicks and Jeffrey Harrison
The notion of value is often overly simplified and narrowed to focus on economic returns (i.e. shareholder returns). Stakeholder Theory provides an appropriate lens for considering a more complex perspective of the value that stakeholders … Continue reading

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