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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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Tax Reform Act Tackles a Thorny Ethical Issue In case you are not aware, the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to have a huge effect on funding college sports including the elimination of a tax break that benefits major athletic programs. Currently, donations made to certain booster clubs... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ethics Sage
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The Rich Lose 'Pay to Play' Donations In case you are not aware, the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to have a huge effect on funding college sports including the elimination of a tax break that benefits major athletic programs. Currently, donations made to certain booster clubs or... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Accounting for People, Planet and Profit The idea of sustainability stems from the concept of sustainable development which became common language at the World's first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. There is no universally agreed definition of sustainability. The original definition of sustainable development is usually considered to be:... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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It's Time for a National Dialogue About Ethics Do we, as a society, care about ethics anymore? My answer is a qualified ‘no.’ Ethics has been relegated to the back of the bus and is considered today only after a wrongdoing occurs, not before as is required to have an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Good Business Requires Attention to CSR and Ethics It’s clear that business has a social responsibility to obey the law. Relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, creditors, etc. create contractual obligations. Legal obligations also exist to avoid negligence, fraud, and other liabilities under tort law. Economists point out that business has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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We Need to Pay Attention to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leaving home for the first time and going off to college is an exciting and stressful time for tens of thousands of students across the U.S. each year. Leaving the familiarity of family, friends and community behind and entering an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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The Keys to Doing Good by Being Good You’re probably familiar with the expression: It’s not what you say – it’s how you say it. Communication is about content and delivery. Let’s take assertiveness, a behavioral characteristic that means to be forthright, positive, and insistence on the recognition of one’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part II My Workplace Ethics Advice blog this past Monday addressed the issue of sexual harassment at Uber. The harassment case lodged by former engineer, Susan Fowler, was indicative of a workplace that gives lip service to the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. In this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Recommendations for Students If I were still a teaching professor, at this time of year I would have been inundated with student requests for letters of recommendation. Alas, I retired 1 ½ years ago so this is one chore I no longer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part I The recent parade of women who have alleged being sexually harassed or abused got me thinking about a case that involved Uber just a few months ago. Before there was Harvey Weinstein, there was Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, who, on February 19,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Third Ethics Sage Blog Chosen as one of the BEST in its field! I am happy to report my new Higher Ed Ethics Watch blog has been chosen by Feedspot as one of the best 75 blogs on topics related to higher education. This comes after my Workplace Ethics Advice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Applying the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be deprived…of property without due process of law.” The Amendment includes a provision known as the “Takings Clause,” which states that private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Using Title IX in Bullying Cases When we hear the term “bullying” most people think of one student who harasses another and creates a threatening environment for the latter, sometimes leading to harming oneself or suicide by the bullied student. Workplace Bullying is an organization that provides advice for those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Third Ethics Sage Blog Chosen as one of the BEST in its field! I am happy to report my new Higher Ed Ethics Watch blog has been chosen by Feedspot as one of the best 75 blogs on topics related to higher education. This comes after my Workplace Ethics Advice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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A New Form of 'Pay for Play' It was bound to happen sooner or later. The sexual harassment charges in Hollywood, the media, and Congress have now expanded to include college campuses. As a professor for more than 30 years, I can’t say I am surprised. The close relationship between... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Each of My Ethics Blogs Chosen as One of the BEST! I am happy to report my new Higher Ed Ethics Watch blog has been chosen as one of the top 75 blogs on topics related to higher education. This comes on top of my Workplace Ethics Advice Blog being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Can Cheating Be Controlled? Cheating in college has reached epidemic proportions. Even though the rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steadily around 75 percent since the first major survey on cheating in higher education in 1963, the ways in which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Becoming a Holistic Leader When we think about the qualities of an ideal leader, words like “decisive,” “charismatic,” “visionary”, and “resilient” may come to mind. So true, but Tarra Mitchell goes beyond the conventional terms and views leadership from a more holistic perspective. Here is her guest post on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Is America Still a "Shining City Upon a Hill?" The question is whether American Exceptionalism is alive and well in 2017 as it was when the country was formed in 1776. I did blog about this several years ago and believe the time is right to revisit the issue. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Sexual Harassment and the Old Boys' Network I have always been intrigued by the philosophy of whistle-blowing. Today's blog explores the philosophical underpinnings of whistle-blowing as a moral act in the context of sexual harassment claims by women in Hollywood and staffers/contacts of government officials. Whistle-blowing is an act of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Seeking Out the Unintended Consequences of Tax Reform The tax reform bills working their way through the House and Senate are unfair and ill-thought-out on many levels. The extent to which Republicans are trying to defend it speaks volumes about the public’s hesitancy to believe anything these politicians claim about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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The Sale of University, Inc. I just read about the University of Wisconsin-Madison's corporate partnerships that bring revenue for the institution but also raise ethical questions. One is example is Mentos. It conducted a campaign that challenged a student to hand out 43,000 packs of the company's gum in order... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Educating the Mind as Well as the Heart and Soul of College Students It’s time to shake things up in our attempt to teach ethics to college students. The old ways do not work well. The days of lecturing ad nauseam about the philosophy of ethics is gone. Let’s face... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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A Case of Bad People Acting Badly Last week it was reported that taxpayers have paid more than $17 million over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment and other workplace abuses. There is no reason for these payments to come from taxpayer funds. Each person in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Workplace Ethics Advice on Dealing with Conflict From time to time I post a guest blog on my websites. Today's blog is by Karyn Schoenbart, CEO of The NPD Group and author of MOM.B.A. Despite our best efforts, “stuff” happens. As the CEO of a global company, I’ve faced my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice