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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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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
Thank you for your thoughtful comments and contribution to the ongoing dialogue about the use of social media in one's personal and professional life.
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Social Media Ethics in the Workplace I have previously blogged about the dangers of posting information critical of one's employer on social media sites including the regulations under the National Labor Relations Act. The Act protects the rights of employees to act together to address conditions at work, with or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Thanks, James. What a mess for Hollywood.
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Published Research Papers by Steven Mintz You can now follow my academic published papers on bepress. These include articles on the philosophy of ethics, ethics in business, ethics in accounting and higher education ethics. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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The Cosby Effect Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly. No, these are not the Oscar winners for 2017. Instead, each of these high-profile men in the media have been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women. Why are so many coming out now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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“Just Say Know” President Trump declared a public health emergency this past week because of opioid addiction in the U.S. Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioids now kill more people each year than car crashes. Who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What's Up with UC’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement? The University of California’s recent decision to establish The National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. illustrates all that is wrong with academe today. The typical answer of a university to a perceived problem,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Most Americans Support Legalization of Pot Most Americans believe marijuana should be allowed for medical purposes, with a majority of the states passing such laws. However, only eight states and D.C. have passed laws permitting its use for recreational purposes. The numbers are likely to grow given the results of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Bourgeois Norms: The New Mantra of Higher Education Last week I blogged about the increasing popularity of including material related to equity, diversity and inclusion into college curricula. Now, to the list of forbidden ideas on American college campuses, add “bourgeois norms”—It’s become politically incorrect to suggest that the values... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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What does the "Public Interest" in Accounting Mean? The following blog was first posted by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association in its newsletter on October 14, 2017. Government regulations, whistleblower protections, GAAP reporting standards, and internal control requirements are meaningless and not worth the paper they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Online Fundraising Red Flags First, there were junk bonds developed by Michael Milken that provided investors with high-yield bonds issued by companies with questionable credit ratings access to capital. Then, there were subprime mortgages issued financial institutions to borrowers with low credit ratings and who normally would not qualify for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Why Did A-list Actresses Stay Silent About Sexual Abuse? Harvey Weinstein’s move to the dark side started with actress Ashley Judd back in 1997 during the filming of “Kiss the Girls.” How appropriate given that at least 40 women have now come out and told their truth about sexual harassment,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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How Best to Teach Cross-cultural Communication and Multicultural Studies The hot topic on college campuses is whether issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should be included in the college curriculum and, if so, how should it be incorporated into the curriculum. These issues have grown in importance because of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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ASL Group UK recognized my writings under the screen name, Ethics Sage, as one of its top 17 business efficiency organizations that deal with workplace issues. Visit my workplace ethics advice blog to see the advice I have provided and link to my website to find out more about my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Common Sense Ethics is a Lost Art I’m always amused when people tell me that ethics on social media is an oxymoron. I can’t disagree but that doesn’t mean we should nevertheless ignore its importance. Our social media practices define our character in the sense of not lying to others... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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What Should Government Regulators Do? In my last blog I examined the bewildering action by the IRS to award a $7.25 million-dollar contract to Equifax to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract. This is nothing less than rewarding bad behavior. In this blog I look... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Why Did the IRS pay Equifax $7.25 Million to Help Prevent Fraud? It’ s hard to believe the IRS will give Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract. What were they thinking? Alas, the IRS wasn’t thinking because if it was, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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“Adidas Gate” Makes a Mockery of Collegiate Sports Ethics I have previously blogged about sports ethics[1] and how colleges and universities are becoming increasingly involved in highly questionable, if not unethical, actions that tarnish the reputation of collegiate sports. A few years ago, it was disclosed that for 18 years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Richard, thanks for making excellent points in response to Guru's comments.
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Dear Friends: I am proud to inform my readers and other interested parties that my blogs have been recognized as one of the top 100 philosophy blogs (#46) by Feedspot and in the list of the 30 exceptional CSR (corporate social responsibility) blogs by Market Inspector. I have recently expanded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Instilling a Moral Purpose in Education Increasingly, college students encounter ethical dilemmas on the job because of workplace conflicts, social media challenges, and pressures from superiors to deviate from ethical norms. Students need a framework to help them reason through these situations so that they focus on what's most important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch