From the Editor – Issue 41

In a recent letter, a reader said he appreciated what we do in Ethix, but wasn’t sure he understood how all of the pieces fit together. What is the cohesive theme behind an article on technology, a review of a book on leadership, and a conversation with an executive in health care? This is an important question that we had answered implicitly for ourselves, but it caused us to make this purpose much more explicit to our readers.

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At The Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics (IBTE), we believe:

Newspaper headlines give evidence of far too many ethical failures in business

Business ethics is much more than staying out of the headlines—it should be a major factor in focusing the mission

Technology is the major force for change in business today, leading to business situations with no policies, rules, or experience

Understanding technological change will help us anticipate future ethical problem areas and a more positive business use for technology

There are many business success stories, and we can learn a great deal from companies that try to do it right

Even the best of businesses and business leaders may fail, sometimes causing people to reject an otherwise good example

We can learn from a good practice even if the business or business leader may fail in some other area

Through Ethix we offer:

Discussions with great (but imperfect) business leaders who demonstrate good practices and who have helpful insights

Stories of failures and recovery plans

Novel aspects of technology that have a transformative influence on business

Relevant books and media reviews, problem cases, key items from the press, and forums on popular issues

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We offer a forum for many points of view to help us see another side of a difficult issue, even though we do not endorse all the viewpoints we publish. We will continue to seek input — from business leader to manager caught in the middle; from small to large companies across a variety of industries; from Western to global companies. Our goal is to provide insight, ideas, and “takeaways” for business leaders, business participants, and academics in the field of business.


Al Erisman
Executive Editor