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Steven Mintz
United States
My ethics knowledge and wisdom gives me a unique perspective on accounting and business ethics, fraud and whistle-blowing, societal and workplace ethics issues.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Good Ethics is Good for Business Every company should create a culture of ethics. If the senior leadership ignores or downplays a culture of ethics, they have created barriers to ethical behavior and opened the door to ethical dissonance, a situation where an individual’s ethics is at a higher level... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
Ethical Leaders lead by Example According to a Gallup Poll taken in 2013, only 21 percent of people characterized business executives as having “high” ethical standards—a little above lawyers (19 percent), but below bankers (28 percent) and journalists (28 percent). Whether that’s deserved or not, it’s nevertheless true that executives set the ethical tone at their companies. But employees have the power to improve it. Employees engage in unethical behavior from time to time: an employee takes home company supplies; a manager submits personal expenses for reimbursement by the company; a member of top management pressures accountants to manipulate the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
Investigating 7-11 Wage Fraud We’ve all been in 7-Eleven stores from time to time and have noticed many of the workers are foreigners. But, have you ever thought about the working conditions they have to endure? Over the years workers have revealed the systemic wage abuse they suffer at 7-11... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
30 Exceptional CSR Blogs Published by Market Inspector 30. September 2015 Ethics Sage is published by Dr. Steven M. Mintz, who holds a PhD and is a professor of accounting specializing in ethics. He likes to share his valuable knowledge by giving presentations to professional and academic groups that would like to create a more ethical organizational environment, as well as providing tips to improve ethics in financial reporting. Dr. Mintz provides readers with interesting thoughts about accounting, business ethics, fraud and workplace ethics issues. If you are interested in CSR don’t hesitate to visit this blog that provides captivating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Ethics Sage
VW joins GM and Toyota in allowing Deficient Cars to be Sold By now you know that Volkswagen has apologized for selling hundreds of thousands of diesel cars in the U.S. with software specifically designed to evade government pollution tests. The company disclosed that the irregularities on diesel-emission readings extend to some 11 million vehicles globally. The company has admitted that it rigged diesel vehicles using a "defeat device" to pass lab tests, even though they emitted as much as 40 times the legal limit of pollutants on the road. At this early stage, putting a precise price tag on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Are we making Progress toward Breaking down Barriers facing women in the Workplace? Boosting the "economic power" of all women in society is a key way women can at first reach – and then stay – in the boardroom, according to a new global study. After examining which factors are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Jim, thanks for continuing to support my work. It's great to have followers such as yourself...Steve
Who will Inspire us to be Better than we are? We hear a lot these days from the Republican candidates for President about the importance of leadership. Donald Trump tells us he will lead like no one else can [He seems to believe everything he does no one can match him. I agree, especially when it comes to insulting other candidates]. Dr. Carson talks about leadership but leaders have to be a bit more assertive, in my opinion, to deal with the myriad of problems and characters in the global arena. I have a hard time picturing the good doctor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Are Office Chairs from Mars and Office Desks from Venus? I’m all for gender equality and think it’s time is long overdue. Some give lip service to it but don’t carry out good intentions with supportive actions. I’m also for treating all people fairly in the workplace regardless of gender,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
How will we know if we have elected the ‘right’ leader for our country? Leadership theories generally focus on one’s ability to set standards that others can relate to; to treat others justly; to meet the needs of followers; to be mission-driven; and make values-based decisions. A relatively new leadership theory is “authentic leadership.” Authentic leaders are individuals who are deeply aware of how they think and behave and are perceived by others as being aware of their own and others’ values/moral perspectives, knowledge, and strengths; aware of the context in which they operate; and who are confident, optimistic, resilient,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Cal Poly Professor Receives Accounting Exemplar Award The American Accounting Association recently honored Cal Poly Professor Steven Mintz with the Accounting Exemplar Award in the public interest section. The award is given annually to accounting educators and practitioners who have made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting. With... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Cal Poly Professor Receives Accounting Exemplar Award The American Accounting Association recently honored Cal Poly Professor Steven Mintz with the Accounting Exemplar Award in the public interest section. The award is given annually to accounting educators and practitioners who have made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting. With this honor, Cal Poly becomes the only educational institution to have two faculty members receive the Accounting Exemplar Award. Cal Poly accounting Professor Mary Beth Armstrong received the award in 2009. Previous award winners also include Cynthia Cooper, the whistleblower who exposed $3.8 billion in fraud at WorldCom. “I’m thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Ethical Issues of Search Engine Optimization Most Internet users are well aware of the virtues of search engines. Many of us depend on them to direct us to links to useful information that affect nearly all facets of our day-to-day lives—information about work, travel, recreation, entertainment, finances, politics, news, sports,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Blame Game Opens the Door to More Excuses for Poor Performance Once again the SAT scores of high school students in the U.S. have declined and raise questions whether today’s high schoolers are prepared for success in college. Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation’s high schools. The average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400, the College Board reported last Thursday. That was down 7 points from the previous class’s mark... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Personal Ethics and Workplace Ethics have the same Standard of Behavior How do you know if you are an ethical person? Some would say knowing the difference between right and wrong. But that’s not enough because there is a difference between knowing what the right thing to do is and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Immigration Challenges and Solutions Let’s get real – we are not the exceptional nation we once were when the U.S. was built by immigrants who worked for the sake of money, to support a family, to gain pride and self-respect, and to give back to the country that gave it so much – that welcomed them with open arms. Ronald Regan famously said: “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." I believe that’s true. This is why we must find a solution and fast to the immigration problem. Most immigrants want to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Ethics Sage
As I understand the purpose of signing up for the website, it is to have a relationship outside of marriage -- i.e., cheating one one's spouse. I consider that unethical. It violates the trust the other person has in the cheater and, unless it is fully disclosed to other party, it is dishonest. We have to certain core standards in society for all to follow. If not, then anyone does whatever anyone wants at any time for any reason, or ethical relativism. If two people want to agree that the other is free to be on such a site and look for other mates, that is their business. But, the whole idea of a relationship out of marriage is wrong to me. As for Ashley Madison not protecting privacy, that is certainly unethical because it is irresponsible and disloyal to its customers. However, it is the effect of the users action not the cause, which set off the questionable situation in the first place. Many people fail to see how ethics plays into their decisions because they act out of self-interest without considering how their actions affect others. It is a common situation.
Cannabis 101: The time has come for a University Degree in Responsible Cannabis Use --- Seriously? Did you hear that the Cannabis Integrity Authority (CIA) has been formed to teach business ethics, patient safety and help currently operating cannabis businesses establish professional standards? The professional association has opened the doors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Don't be a Jerk Using Social Media Social media. We can’t live without but can we thrive ethically with it? What’s needed now is for someone, or some group, to develop a code of ethics for those using social media especially targeted to creepy people. Some of the postings I see are downright offensive, some engage in cyberbullying on line, and still others seem threatening to the targeted person. One reason the nature of social media postings is important from an ethical perspective is the anonymity of online postings seems to bring out the haters and others who could care... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Guidelines to Assess the Appropriateness of Social Media Postings in the Workplace Recently, an employee’s photos of co-workers on Facebook got her fired for violating employee handbook rules, including one against “disloyalty.” The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigated and ruled that her employer violated federal labor law by imposing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Trump Lacks the Decency to be President of the U.S. Donald Trump has excused himself for his offensive comments about women by saying, “I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.” However, the country must have time for civility and good manners, qualities that Trump lacks and, in fact, his behavior illustrates the opposite. What kind of a leader makes statements such as threatening to run as a third-party candidate if the Republican National Committee and others do not treat him the way he wants to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Taking another Look at Who Should Lead Organizations Does having power tend to corrupt men more than women? A 2013 study done by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School suggests that women are less willing than men to sacrifice ethical values for money and social status, and that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Conflicts of Interest between Non-audit and Audit Services threatens Independence What we see today in the accounting profession is troubling. Increased commercial activities threatens the independence cornerstone of the profession that underlies its public interest obligation. Audit firms are pushing the envelope in their involvement with non-audit services that makes it appear as though they might compromise their independence on the audit because of these relationships. Following the scandals at companies such as Enron and WorldCom, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was passed by Congress in 2002 that limited the non-audit services that audit firms could provide. For a short time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Ethics, Leadership, and Role Models in Business I have previously blogged about the importance of mentoring in business. As a college professor I know all too well that today’s colleges students are not necessarily mature enough or lack interpersonal skills and will need help in the workplace to take the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
LGBT Community Sensitively Portrayed on TV Show Congratulations to E Entertainment for its portrayal of the challenges faced by the LGBT community. I have watched the first two segments of the “I am Cait’ television show and have been touched by the LGBT adults who have so openly shared their experiences transitioning and coming out, and subsequent issues they face. In case you’ve been asleep for the past few months, the TV program depicts the life of Caitlin Jenner (previously Bruce Jenner) in his transition to a woman. For me the program is a wake-up call to the challenges faced... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Ethics Sage