Archive for 2018

An ethical obscenity

Consider – as my law school professors used to say – the following hypothetical: You are the CEO of  an organization and are looking to hire a head of procurement. You think a good person for the job would be X, who currently works for one of your suppliers. You discuss […]

Synergy – or conflict of interest?

“What used to be a conflict is now a synergy,” said then telecom securities analyst Jack Grubman in an economically frothier time. Conflict of interest aficionados will remember that that story didn’t end well – and not just for Grubman, but the larger industry of which he was a part. […]

Charitable contributions and behavioral ethics

In one of the all-time great episodes of Seinfeld, George falsely tells various of his colleagues around Christmas time that a charitable gift has been given in their respective names to “The Human Fund,” which prompts his boss to give George a company check for $20,000 made out to this […]