Ask More of Business

Asking More Commentary: Perspectives from Mendoza College of Business

Behind every good leader is a devil's advocate

by Ann E. Tenbrunsel

August 12, 2009

The qualities that rocket a leader up a corporate ladder -- self-assurance and decisiveness -- also can lead to his or her downfall. That's why there must be a devil's advocate behind every successful leader in order to avoid corporate meltdowns like the current ones. Read More

It’s time to step up

by Carolyn Y. Woo

August 3, 2009

With the rise of the global economy, it is increasingly apparent that business enterprise driven purely by profit-making is inadequate, and that a b-school curriculum that disconnects organizational effectiveness from a concern for the common good is negligent to the point of disaster. Read More

What comes after wealth creation?

by Ed Conlon

August 2, 2009

That something big has failed in business leadership is obvious. But the causes of the current economic meltdown aren't necessarily just a failure of ethics or values. What is needed is a more thoughtful and better developed emphasis on social responsibility within business and business education. Read More

Trust is ephemeral

by James S. O'Rourke

August 1, 2009

In view of recent untrustworthy behavior on the part of businesses, ranging from the Enron scandal of 2001 to the more recent Madoff and Stanford Financial schemes, people have more reasons than ever to be distrustful of businesses and the people who run them. Read More