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Just Business Podcast

Just Business Series

Just Business is a series of audio interviews that examines some of the tangled pathways that companies and civil society face. Host Julia Taylor Kennedy sits down with thought leaders across a variety of sectors to discuss the intersection between business and society.

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Just Business: Peter Escher on the MBA Oath | 01/08/13 Peter Escher, Julia Taylor Kennedy Can MBAs be held to "do no harm" standards similar to those of MDs? The MBA Oath was created by a group of Class of 2009 Graduates of Harvard Business School. Like the Hippocratic Oath made by doctors, the MBA Oath outlines values and ideals to which managers should commit.

Japan's Corporate Culture: Sleepwalking to Oblivion? | 12/11/12 Michael Woodford, Michael Zielenziger, Dan Bobkoff Japan's corporate culture is in serious trouble, declare our two speakers. It's "sleepwalking to oblivion," says Michael Woodford, former Olympus CEO turned whistleblower. And according to journalist Michael Zielenziger, the Olympus scandal is an example of larger problems facing Japan's economy.

The Digital Revolution and the Role of Newspapers in Civic Life | 11/27/12 Harlan Spector, Rachel Dissell, Ken Doctor, Dan Bobkoff Newspapers have long straddled an awkward line between public service and profit. Now those values are in conflict. The internet has upended the industry and profits are way down. But is the web a good substitute? What happens when a city loses its daily paper?

B Corps: Companies With a Social Mission in Their DNA | 11/12/12 Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa, Andrew Kassoy, Dan Bobkoff There used to only be two types of businesses--non-profits and for-profits. Benefit corporations, or B Corps, are now finding a way to do both. B Lab's Andrew Kassoy helped to set the criteria for this new type of business and boutique eyewear company Warby Parker is making money while also being socially responsible.

What Is American? | 10/31/12 Sean McAlinden, Yuqing Xing, Dan Bobkoff What does it mean for a product to be American? Or to be from anywhere? The truth is, many items today are global products, from autos to iPhones. It's not just imports and exports, it's the whole supply chain. Forget USA. We're talking made in the world.

Creating an Ethical Business Culture | 10/12/12 Alex J. Plinio, Adlai Wertman, Julia Taylor Kennedy Two business school leaders discuss ways that different schools are injecting business ethics into their curricula. "What you have to do is to have the courage to define success for yourself, with the understanding that your success may not be the same one as that of your classmates."

The Ethics of "Acqui-hires" | 09/28/12 John Coyle, Gabor Cselle, Dan Bobkoff The practice of "acqui-hiring," a larger company buying a smaller one solely to poach its talent, is becoming more common. Is this ethical? Does it harm anyone, or is it a win-win? Here's Gabor Cselle, who was acqui-hired by Google and John Coyle, who co-authored an academic paper on this phenomenon.

The Business of Art | 09/17/12 Amy Whitaker, Osman Khan, Julia Taylor Kennedy The value of art is incredibly subjective. Yet selling art is big business--and displaying art can be a money pit. For insights into this complex world, here's Amy Whitaker, who teaches art business at Sotheby's, and Osman Khan, a co-founder of Paddle8, an online marketplace for high-end art.

Moral Leadership | 08/30/12 Dov Seidman, Michael Raynor, Julia Taylor Kennedy Consulting firms have long helped corporations make their operations more efficient and profitable, but now moral leadership is being added to the equation. Two advisers with philosophy degrees share their thoughts on the role of corporations in society and what drives corporate leaders.

Changes in the American Middle Class | 08/14/12 Rea Hederman, Jr., Fred Setterberg, Julia Taylor Kennedy Both left and right agree that the U.S. income gap is widening. It's harder to agree on how to solve it. Fred Setterberg yearns for the solidarity and job opportunities of his childhood. Rea Hederman says a new tax structure and programs encouraging individual initiative will grow the middle class.

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