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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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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 7 hours ago 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 7 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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