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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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Is it Legal or Illegal? I have previously blogged about regulatory and ethical issues surrounding the use of cannabis based on whether states have adopted “compassionate use” laws that permit the sale of marijuana for medical purposes. I have also written on the sale for recreational purposes. In this blog... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ethics Sage
Thanks so much for responding positively to my blog. I appreciate your readership.
Values-based Listening Skills for More Productive Relationships My values or your values? No longer do we act as a society on time-tested core values of honesty, respect and personal responsibility. Today, it seems everyone wants to pick and choose what is important to themselves. Some may say there is nothing... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Indicators of Audit Quality Forty percent of the audits inspected by audit firm regulators had at least one finding indicating a serious problem, according to a new survey. A recent report from the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, a group of national audit regulators including the Public Company Accounting... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Suchitra, I'm glad you see the "value" of values-based leadership. A university course on ethical leadership would be a breath of fresh air. Steve Mintz
Toggle Commented May 6, 2018 on Values-based Leadership at Workplace Ethics Advice
Attracting and Retaining Millennials Gallup recently conducted a survey of 195,600 U.S. employees culled from a data base of more than 31 million respondents to assess the state of the American workplace, changes that have occurred during millennial engagement, and issues for managers as new and emerging technologies transform the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Data Gathering Controls Can Enhance the Process Artificial intelligence (AI) broadly refers to technologies that make machines “smart.” AI continues the trend in advancement of technology that has unleashed the practical applications, many of which can enhance the decision-making process. AI is powered by algorithms, and algorithms are driven by... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Ethics Sage
What is More Important: Learning Soft Skills or Hard Skills? I recently learned that the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. is attempting to combat the adverse political dialogue taking place in today’s society by launching a new project on civil discourse. This project, designed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
ACFE 2018 Study Published Fraud can be defined as a deliberate misrepresentation to gain an advantage over another party. Fraud comes in many different forms, including fraud in financial statements, the misappropriation of assets (theft) and subsequent cover-up, and disclosure fraud. In this blog I examine the results of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Bucky: You make some good points, especially about the difficulty of making ethical judgments about the true intent of lies. Here are few points to consider: (1) Lying is not so much disrespect to the recipient as it is deceitful. It could lead the recipient down the wrong road in determining what action should take place next. It’s an issue of candor and reliability on what you say; (2) You say “Although certain circumstances warrant withholding the truth, or lying, each situation needs to be thought through in order to make the virtuous decision.” This sounds like ethical relativism where each person would decide when lying is acceptable rather than society having a core set of values, which would include lying is (almost always) wrong, and not based on one’s individual circumstances. We need to avoid situational ethics. (3) You say “some might argue that that lying at times serves the “greater good? Do you mean the benefits of lying outweigh the costs – at least in some situations? An example here would help. A classic example is when the Nazi’s were looking for Anne Frank. They knocked on the door of the house where they thought she was hiding with her family. The family that was hiding her lied to the Nazi’s by saying Anne Frank was not there. Was lying ethically acceptable here? --- Steve Mintz
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2018 on Do the Ends Justify the Means? at Ethics Sage
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on College Campuses I taught at Cal Poly for ten years and found it to be a welcoming place that values its students as individuals and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. Admittedly, this is from a faculty member’s point of view. The incident that occurred two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Ethics Sage
What Values do Millennials Bring to the Workplace? The following piece was provided to me by The full article can be accessed at I have taken the liberty of adding some of my own thoughts. These days, you can’t scan the interwebs without reading how different these darn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Glenda, I couldn't agree more. The $64,000 question is whether it's too late to do anything productive that might turn the tide...Steve Mintz
Issues Surrounding the Transfer of Technology Extensive transfer of technology from university and nonprofit laboratories to the commercial sector is an increasingly common occurrence in the U.S. Widespread university activity in technology commercialization began only with the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980. This legislation enabled universities, nonprofit research... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Are Students Responsible or Instructors? Last week I received a notification from the American Accounting Association that said: “As you may know, most textbook publisher’s test banks and solution manuals can be purchased online or are free, which cause an unlevel playing field for students.” The Association asked for volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Yes, trust is the basis business. Without it, transactions may not be completed because companies must trust customers to pay for their purchases and suppliers must trust companies will pay for their purchases.
Thanks for sharing your point of view.
A Machiavellian Perspective A characteristic behavior in today’s society is the belief that the ends justifies the means. This means actions people take are justified regardless of how they go about achieving their desired end result. For example, some students I have taught justified lying on their resume because it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Good points, Mary. I agonize over this issue.
I appreciate your views, Mary. Thanks for sharing and contributing to the ongoing dialogue.
Jason, it's difficult because on the one hand you can argue Trump has gotten the U.S. economy going again and done some good things. On the other hand he has used Twitter to marginalize dissenters and made off-colored statements about others. Then there are the family entanglements, about 20 cabinet officials and other advisers who have been fired or quit, some of whom helped run his campaign. In teaching ethics in the Trump presidency the key question for me is: Does Trump's behavior illustrate that of a moral exemplar?
It’s Time to Emphasize the ‘Soft Skills’ I recently read a post on LinkedIn by Oliver Schinkten. He talks about the skills needed by college students to be successful in the "real world." Here is a summary of those skills from his post. Adaptive Thinking:Things change quickly in the digital... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Interesting point of view. I agree we have a society where if you dont agree with the prevailing wisdom your words and thoughts are seen as offensive. Sent from my Boost Mobile Phone.
Teaching Ethics in the Era of Trump What is the ethical message of the Trump Presidency so far? Some may say it’s making poor choices of managers and agency heads because so many cabinet and other officials have resigned or been fired. Others might point to family ties to outside... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Performance Management is the 'Ticket' I have previously blogged about the values of Millennials and how to keep them engaged in the workplace. According to a study by the CAA Intelligence Group, 86 million millennials will be in the workplace by 2020—representing a full 40% of the total working population.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Ethics Sage