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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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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 3 days ago at Ethics Sage
Have the Courts Gone Too Far in Protecting Whistleblowers? On January 26, 2018, Charles Matthew Erhart struck a blow for all would-be whistleblowers when he achieved a significant win on a critical challenge that nearly all corporate whistleblowers often face – whether they can use confidential company documents to expose... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
Tips for Women I have previously blogged about gender bias in the workplace. Pay equity between men and women persists with women earning 80% of men. Gender bias may be even more of a problem as old stereotypes still exist and women are judged by a different set of standards... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Indoctrination Replacing Intellectualism I recently read a study on student attitudes on free expression that suggests students value a diverse and inclusive environment more than free speech rights. The report from Gallup and the Knight Foundation comes at a time when students have challenged the principles of the First Amendment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Where are Our ‘Ethical’ Leaders? One characteristic of ethical leadership is to influence others. Management expert John Maxwell characterizes leadership this way: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” The ethical leader understands that positive relationships built on respect, openness, and trust... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Ethics Sage
We Have Lost Our Moral Compass Civility! We need to become a more civil nation. How many times have you heard it? Too many times. Forget civility, we need to become less rude in dealing with each other. We can't regain our civility until we realize we have become an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Here's Why Dodd-Frank Worker Retaliation Protections Have Been Turned on its Head Thinking about blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at your organization? Well, you need to read on because the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on February 21, 2018 in the case Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers changes the rules... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Are Student Evaluations a Useful Tool? Last week I read an article about why student evaluations of college instructors are not reliable and should no longer be used in performance evaluation decisions. The author claims, based on research, that student evaluations may be associated with the gender of the instructor.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
It's Time to Stop the Madness Dozens of mass killings have occurred in a variety of locations during the past ten years in the U.S. Sadly, now we must add to the list the mass killing of 17 school children and wounding of 14 more last Wednesday by Nikolas Cruz... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Rational Egoism Underlies College Students’ Beliefs Rational egoism is a particular brand of ethical egoism that claims the promotion of one’s own interest is always in accordance with reason. Rational egoism, also called rational selfishness, is the principle that an action is rational if and only if it maximizes one’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Should Colleges Drop the “D” Grade? Perhaps you’ve heard that a North Carolina Community College -- Stanly Community College – has decided to drop the “D” grade. Students will either be given a “C” grade,” which is most likely to happen, or given a “F” grade for the course. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Vincent, thanks for your views. Cheating is wrong and calling it so doesn't depend on the outcome for the cheater. If a students cheats on a test bit still doesn't do well, that doesn't diminish the ethical violation. Cheating is an overt act to gain an advantage over another party. It's wrong because it potentially affects the level playing field that should exist when two or more people or, in the Pats v Colts case, football teams compete.
The Case Against Caplan's Thesis: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money What is the value of a college education? Is it largely a waste of time as George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan contends? Or, is there more to getting a college education than increasing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Larry Nassar and Michigan State: A Tale of a Corrupt Culture, Ethical Blindness, and Institutional Indifference I always believed the NCAA was relatively even-handed with its punishment of Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The football program scandal led to a $60 million fine, four-year postseason... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Why You Should Get a College Education George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan has created a firestorm by claiming a college education is a waste of time and money, and he suggests that ‘traditionalist’ education that prepares students for prestigious careers (i.e., author, historian, political scientist, physicist and mathematician) is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Jason, just following-up to see if it's OK to use some of what you say in one of my future blogs. If so, send me an email at: and how you want to be referred to.
Benjamin, you make some interesting points. Is it OK to use some of what you say in one of my future blogs? If so, let me know how you would like to be identified. Send me an email at:
Jason, you make good points in both comments. I address one of them here. If you want combine the two into one piece. Then, I can publish it as a guest post on my Workplace Ethics Advice blog. If you do so, send me the bio info you'd like to appear at the end of the piece. Here is my response. I am hopeful that corporations will make a difference in the future, in part because Millennials are purpose-driven. They seek out a new "Social Entrepreneurship" in their employment experiences. They focus on the three P's -- people, planet and profit -- as a way to evaluate the success of organizations. Millennials are more open to a workplace where equity, diversity and inclusion are valued. What's needed now is for colleges to incorporate these subjects into their curricula.
Dr. Dan, quite true. As Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
KPMG-PCAOB Scandal Raises Questions About Oversight of the Accounting Profession In an unprecedented event, on January 22, 2018 it was announced that a former Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) staffer, Brian Sweet, who was hired by KPMG in 2015, leaked confidential information about PCAOB's plans to audit the company.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Ethics Means First, Do No Harm Most people are unaware that the tax reform act includes a college endowment tax that threatens the long-standing tax-free earnings from these donations. Some colleges are in panic mode, especially Harvard, Yale and Stanford. The investment-per-student-threshold was set at $500,000. The tax will raise... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
By Caitlin Hoff and Steven Mintz A company in any developed country today is expected by society to uphold certain ethical practices to benefit its consumers. Many believe consumers should be the company’s greatest priority when developing and manufacturing a product. Without customers, companies and manufacturers would not be able... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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 Jan 16, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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 Jan 11, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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 Jan 10, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice