Benchmark Ethics

Benchmark Ethics: Technology: Advanced and Appropriate

Over the past three years the core mission of the Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics has remained constant: to examine in a positive, constructive way the contemporary intersection of business, technology, and ethics. Wherever those three meet — or wherever they should meet — we are interested. With respect to the first and third …

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Benchmark Ethics: Recognizing An Ethical Challenge

We all talk some about ethics and morality but what exactly are we referring to? The short answer is that ethics and morality are about “right and wrong” and about “good and bad.” (”Ethics” terms have Greek linguistic roots, “morality” terms have Latin roots. Their subject matter is exactly the same). But this only defers …

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Benchmark Ethics: Collaboration, Integration, and the Alternatives

Courage and self-control were two of the four “cardinal” virtues of character Plato emphasized in his Republic, twenty-five hundred years ago. In our contemporary sea of unrelenting waves of change these two fundamentals of good character and leadership don’t change. Courage and self-control are benchmark values, i.e., standards by which we should measure ourselves and …

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Benchmark Ethics: Collaboration, Integration, and the Alternatives

Two of the core values of our Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics are integration and collaboration. Integration refers to our will to weave together good business, advanced technology, and sound ethics. We see too much dis-integration today — people and companies fragmenting and falling apart. We see imbalanced and unhealthy situations where the technology …

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Benchmark Ethics: No Integrity, No Trust; No Trust, No Business

It looks now as though Firestone executives were aware of the dangerous risks of their defective tires and chose to sit on that information rather than disclose it right away. Would you like to be part of the Firestone management team or board for the next year or two? How different Johnson and Johnson’s response …

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