Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles


Trends in Corporate Governance
Stakeholders, diversity, and right relations are on the minds of people minding corporations.
Ann Skeet
When Boards and Management Conflict
The role of relational competence in board-management problems
Ann Skeet
Kleiner Perkins Case Shows Need for HR Practices
Although Ellen Pao lost her discrimination case against the Kleiner Perkins, he experience shows that venture firms should pay more attention to standard HR practices
Ann Skeet
Board Diversity
An analysis of the reasons for the lack of minority representation on boards of directors
Margaret Steen
Executive Compensation
Are executives paid too much or what they're worth?
Margaret Steen
Leadership comes from unexpected places during Ebola crisis
Personal leadership is as important as formal leadership in dealing with medical crises.
Ann Skeet
What is Leadership Ethics?
An introduction to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' approach
Ann Skeet
Goodell's Leadership: NFL Commissioner Fumbled Domestic Violence
How league could have provided leadership on domestic abuse
Ann Skeet
Can a Business Have a Conscience?
Manuel Velasquez, Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at SCU, discusses the moral responsibility of corporations.
Brian Green
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
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
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
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
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
Advice from Aristotle
Aristotle was a practical and business-oriented philosopher who defined principles in terms of the ethics of leadership.
James O'Toole
Bezos Is Clear about Amazon's Culture
Ethical Leadership Requires Setting Goals and Values.
Ann Skeet
CEOs Should Be Held Responsible for Their Decisions
Who should be accountable in the case of corporate wrongdoing, the company or the CEO?
Ann Skeet
What Would the Greeks Say
The events at the University of Oklahoma last week, where fraternity brothers chanted racist refrains on a bus full of young people in formal wear, have offered us a chance to examine both personal and institutional leadership roles.
Ann Skeet
Talking About Terrorism
How local community leaders, journalists, and those in formal leadership positions, such as university chancellors, frame an event can matter significantly in how people feel about it.
Ann Skeet
A Universal Internet
The FCC nailed the net neutrality debate in two important ways. First, they have supported an open Internet and in doing so gone against the wishes of my former employer, Verizon. Additionally, Tom Wheeler, in his leadership of the commission, actually allowed his mind to be changed in a public process.
Ann Skeet
Leadership Ethics
Resources from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics on leadership ethics, particularly in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors
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
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
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
Ethics and Venture Capital
Franklin "Pitch" Johnson, co-founder of Asset Management, reflects on ethical challenges for start-ups and venture funds
Miriam Schulman
Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and the Board
Practical suggestions for corporate board members on the ethical aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy
Tim Harris, partner, Morrison & Foerster
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
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
Only the Ethical Survive
A CEO discusses ethical business leadership.
Michael Hackworth