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Moral Leadership Builds Employees, Company Culture And Bottom Line Results. Foundations of Responsible Leadership: Asian Versus Western Executive Responsibility Orientations Toward Key Stakeholders. Received: 7 August 2014Accepted: 29 December 2014Published online: 9 January 2015 “Recognizing our responsibilities as industrialists, we will devote ourselves to the progress and development of society and the well-being of people through our business activities.”

Foundations of Responsible Leadership: Asian Versus Western Executive Responsibility Orientations Toward Key Stakeholders

Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. “We are investing in environmentally-cleaner technology because we believe it will increase our revenue, our value and our profits. … Not because it is trendy or moral.” Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric Responsible leadership has emerged as a major theme in management discourse. Not only Western leaders, but top-level executives in non-Western countries as well have been exposed for dishonesty, greed, and unethical business practices. Leaders’ Responsibility Orientations and Underlying Assumptions About the Purpose of the Firm Asian and Western Orientations to Responsible Leadership: Institutional and Cultural Influences Table 1. Critters Writers Workshop. Insights for Writing a Code of Ethics or Conduct.

The heart of an organization is often expressed in its code of ethics or code of conduct.

Insights for Writing a Code of Ethics or Conduct

It tells the world what really matters to an organization and what it is all about. Companies that follow both the letter and the spirit of the law by taking a “value-based” approach to ethics and compliance may have a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Give the average employee a legalistic “thou shall not….” code, and a negative response is almost guaranteed. Give employees a document that states clearly and concisely the organization’s expectations, outlines acceptable behaviors and presents viable options for asking questions and voicing concerns, and the likelihood is much greater that they will meet those expectations and exhibit the desired behaviors.

Creating just online social spaces. Aria Stewart is a programmer living in Boston working on open source, Unschooler, former owner of an Internet service provider in Colorado, a hiker, lover of science fiction, and studies networks (both social and computer) online interaction and social structures as a matter of habit.

Creating just online social spaces

We've All Got a List. On a terrifyingly regular basis, incidents of bad behavior surface in the open source community.

We've All Got a List

This can range from dismissiveness toward someone in a marginalized group, to outright hostility at conferences, to harassment and intimidation in the workplace, to physical violence and sexual assault in our community spaces. The scary thing here is that we only hear about them when they either happen in public or when the affected person comes forward, not all of them knowing what will happen when they do. If it does become public, I hear quite a few people say things like "I wish there were a list so I knew who to avoid/not hire/not allow at my events/etc". Scott E. Page - In Professor's Model, Diversity Equals Productivity. DiversityMediocrityIllusion. Diversity tags: I've often been involved in discussions about deliberately increasing the diversity of a group of people.


The most common case in software is increasing the proportion of women. Two examples are in hiring and conference speaker rosters where we discuss trying to get the proportion of women to some level that's higher than usual. A common argument against pushing for greater diversity is that it will lower standards, raising the spectre of a diverse but mediocre group.

Putting heads together. When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts.

Putting heads together

A new study co-authored by MIT researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups’ individual members, and that the tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group. Many social scientists have long contended that the ability of individuals to fare well on diverse cognitive tasks demonstrates the existence of a measurable level of intelligence in each person.

In a study published Thursday, Sept. 30, in the advance online issue of the journal Science, the researchers applied a similar principle to small teams of people. They discovered that groups featuring the right kind of internal dynamics perform well on a wide range of assignments, a finding with potential applications for businesses and other organizations. The Truth About Affirmative Action. New research demonstrates that when affirmative action programs are used, the quality of the applicants increases.

The Truth About Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is often criticized as giving unfair advantages. Different people are evaluated by different criteria, which inevitably lowers the quality of the selected group, is the claim. Diversity achieved through intervention is quality-compromising diversity, says the critic. The logic behind these claims is not hard to understand, but it may be wrong.

Imagine that 100 students are going to be admitted to a university. Kate Heddleston. It's 2015.

Kate Heddleston

Technology companies are feeling enormous pressure to hire more diverse employees. In an effort to increase these diversity metrics, they decide to do the unthinkable: they lower their hiring bar. However, since diversity is still a relatively new thing in the industry, hiring managers are unfamiliar with what a diverse candidate even looks like. Genes for Intelligence - Back to Square One. Here's a paper - soon to appear in Psychological Science - which says that Most Reported Genetic Associations with General Intelligence Are Probably False Positives The authors tried to replicate published associations between particular genetic variants (SNPs) and IQ (specifically the g factor).

Genes for Intelligence - Back to Square One

They looked at three datasets, a total of about 10,000 people, and didn't confirm any of the 12 associations. As Razib Khan says in his post on this, "My hunch is that these results will be unsatisfying to many people. " I'd go further and say that no-one will be happy with these. The hidden media powers that undermine democracy. MEDIA & DEMOCRACY: On the final day of The Conversation’s series on how the media influences the way our representatives develop policy, John Keane examines how the relationships between politicians, journalists, lobbyists and the PR sector undermine democracy.

The hidden media powers that undermine democracy

When recently ploughing through Tony Blair’s autobiography, I hit a rare rock of truth. On the last night of the second millennium, when the government’s extravaganza spectacles were faring badly, Blair recalls with special horror his discovery that a pack of top journalists invited to attend the midnight Millennium Dome celebrations had been left stranded at a London underground station clogged with New Year’s Eve revellers. Blair tells how he grabbed the lapels of the minister in charge, his old friend and flatmate Lord “Charlie” Falconer. “Please, please, dear God”, says Blair, “please tell me you didn’t have the media coming here by tube from Stratford just like ordinary members of the public”. Warning: your journalism may contain deception, inaccuracies and a hidden agenda. MEDIA & DEMOCRACY - Stephan Lewandowsky and Ullrich Ecker have some tips on how avoid being fooled by the media.

Bad media can do considerable harm. A role for universities in halting the death of manufacturing. Over the last few weeks, the cost of upheaval in the manufacturing sector has become ever more visible. BlueScope Steel is to shed 1,000 employees while OneSteel has announced the loss of 400 manufacturing jobs. Losses such as these are inevitable and will continue as the Australian manufacturing sector adjusts to a changing economic landscape. The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2014 Jobs Release. SOURCE: AP/Alan Diaz Freddy Jerez fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise, Florida. By Jackie Odum and Michael Madowitz | October 2, 2014 Since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has added 8.2 million jobs, and the unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent to 6.1 percent. Death by suburban sprawl: better urban planning will combat sedentary lifestyles.