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Articles from March/April

Connecting the Dots between Intentions, Action and Results: A Multi-Pronged Approach to Ethical Decision Making
Even though ethics may be a relatively "soft" issue for executives, there are very concrete steps that they can take to promote and sustain an ethical workplace environment. These authors, who have wide experience in a variety of organizations, sketch...
Ethics and a Manager's Obligations under Stakeholder Theory
When it comes to ethics in business, many accept that standards can not only be different from, but even lower than, ethics in everyday life. That should definitely not be so, argues this author. In fact, he says, a corporation's obligations to its stakeholders...
Ethics or Excellence? Conscience as a Check on the Unbalanced Pursuit of Organizational Goals
That the terrain of decision making is mined with moral hazards has never been much in doubt. But the real question for executives is this: Just how can you make your conscience your guide? This author has suggestions and strong advice that, when taken,...
LEADER'S EDGE Sumantra Ghoshal on Leadership, Management and Good Governance
Sumantra Ghoshal is one of the most influential business academics in the world, and is, in fact, ranked 12th on the Financial Times' list of Top Fifty Thinkers. The co-author of important books such as Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution,...
"Let's Just Go with It.": The Perils of Decision Neglect
Why apparently good decisions prove to be bad ones is often blamed on internal and external factors - unexpected economic hiccups or flawed market research, for example. Only rarely are bad decisions seen as the result of bad decision making, the process...
Public-Sector Corporate Governance: British Columbia's Best-Practices Reforms
Though certain governments still use patronage appointments to fill vacancies on public-sector boards, that practice is changing, albeit slowly. The province of British Columbia has set a bestpractice example by implementing new guidelines that ensure...
The Search for Moral Capitalism and the Holy Grail of Business Valuation
Critics often contend that capitalism will never be able to reconcile the public good with the self-interest of the firm. But this author clearly and persuasively argues that it is possible and desirable to be concerned about the public welfare and pursue...
The Tyranny of Toxic Managers: Applying Emotional Intelligence to Deal with Difficult Personalities
Toxic managers are a fact of life. Some managers are toxic most of the time; most managers are toxic some of the time. Knowing how to deal with people who are rigid, aggressive, selfcentered or exhibit other types of dysfunctional behaviour can improve...
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