Fraud in Organizations

ACFE 2018 Study Published Fraud can be defined as a deliberate misrepresentation to gain an advantage over another party. Fraud comes in many different forms, including fraud in financial statements, the misappropriation of assets (theft) and subsequent cover-up, and disclosure fraud. In this blog I examine the results of a... Read more →


What to Make of the Cal Poly Blackface Incident

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on College Campuses I taught at Cal Poly for ten years and found it to be a welcoming place that values its students as individuals and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. Admittedly, this is from a faculty member’s point of view. The incident that occurred two... Read more →


Do the Ends Justify the Means?

A Machiavellian Perspective A characteristic behavior in today’s society is the belief that the ends justifies the means. This means actions people take are justified regardless of how they go about achieving their desired end result. For example, some students I have taught justified lying on their resume because it... Read more →


What is the Ethical Message of Trump's Presidency

Teaching Ethics in the Era of Trump What is the ethical message of the Trump Presidency so far? Some may say it’s making poor choices of managers and agency heads because so many cabinet and other officials have resigned or been fired. Others might point to family ties to outside... Read more →


How Gen X Managers Can Prepare Millennials for Leadership

Performance Management is the 'Ticket' I have previously blogged about the values of Millennials and how to keep them engaged in the workplace. According to a study by the CAA Intelligence Group, 86 million millennials will be in the workplace by 2020—representing a full 40% of the total working population.... Read more →


Leadership & Ethics Go Hand in Hand

Where are Our ‘Ethical’ Leaders? One characteristic of ethical leadership is to influence others. Management expert John Maxwell characterizes leadership this way: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” The ethical leader understands that positive relationships built on respect, openness, and trust... Read more →


Regaining Civility in the U.S.

We Have Lost Our Moral Compass Civility! We need to become a more civil nation. How many times have you heard it? Too many times. Forget civility, we need to become less rude in dealing with each other. We can't regain our civility until we realize we have become an... Read more →


What Should Be Done About Gun Violence?

It's Time to Stop the Madness Dozens of mass killings have occurred in a variety of locations during the past ten years in the U.S. Sadly, now we must add to the list the mass killing of 17 school children and wounding of 14 more last Wednesday by Nikolas Cruz... Read more →


Revisiting Ayn Rand’s Philosophy

Rational Egoism Underlies College Students’ Beliefs Rational egoism is a particular brand of ethical egoism that claims the promotion of one’s own interest is always in accordance with reason. Rational egoism, also called rational selfishness, is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s... Read more →


Refuting Caplan’s Thesis that College Education is a Waste of Time and Money

Why You Should Get a College Education George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan has created a firestorm by claiming a college education is a waste of time and money, and he suggests that ‘traditionalist’ education that prepares students for prestigious careers (i.e., author, historian, political scientist, physicist and mathematician) is... Read more →