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August 23, 2012 Marikana - a bitter pillSource: iAfrica.com
You need a strong constitution to stomach the news diet in South Africa. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted and it’s something I always try to convey to the “journalists in training” when I do guest lectures at various...
August 22, 2012 Revisiting the Chick-fil-A and Chapstick Incidents: The Ethics of Transparency and Authenticity in Social MediaSource: ComproBiz
After eight members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were found guilty of throwing the 1919 World Series, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them from professional baseball for life. Landis went further and exacted the...
August 7, 2012 Knight Capital: The Ideal Way To Screw Up On Wall StreetSource: Forbes
Call it the best disaster and recovery Wall Street has seen in a long time. In less than a week, Knight Capital screwed up royally to the point of near failure and then managed to save itself with the help of outside investors....
August 6, 2012 Taxing Matters!Source: Larry Checco
Billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley is alleged to have said: “Only little people pay taxes.” Although the tabloids' "Queen of Mean" went to her grave denying she ever spoke those words, she should have taken credit. It turns out...
July 30, 2012 Changed by Wall Street, for Wall StreetSource: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
Last week, two senior Washington officials — Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, and Gary Gensler, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission — testified before Congress about the scandal surrounding Libor, the...
July 25, 2012 Penn State Is Hit Hard. Is It Enough?Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times
In 1982, the president of the University of San Francisco, the Rev. John Lo Schiavo, suspended the university’s basketball team. The school had had a legendary basketball program — the great Bill Russell won two national...
July 23, 2012 Bankers Gone WildSource: Larry Checco, president, Checco Communications
Question: What’s the difference between many of today’s bankers and HBO's program star, the fictional mafia boss, "Tony Soprano?" Answer: The HBO character Tony Soprano appears to have some scruples.
July 23, 2012 Financial Scandal ScorecardSource: Joe Nocera, NY Times
Is it my imagination, or does every week bring news of another financial scandal? No, it’s not my imagination. First up: Peregrine Financial Group. This long-running fraud, which has apparently been going on almost as long as the...
July 19, 2012 Business ethics need to move beyond what’s illegalSource: Reuters
Business school professor Luigi Zingales, with the full agreement of fellow business-school professor Justin Wolfers, has an important op-ed under a provocative headline: “Do Business Schools Incubate Criminals?” Zingales’s point...
July 17, 2012 Throw the Book at Penn StateSource: Joe Nocera, NY Times
On Thursday, the same day Louis Freeh, the former director of the F.B.I., issued his damning report about the cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual crimes by the Penn State hierarchy, the N.C.A.A. lowered the boom on — are you...
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