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Hairy issue helps solve rules dilemma

Regulation by rules is all very well; regulation by values is indispensable.

The fate of Project Tiny Tim

This case was prepared by Professor John Kay, under the direction of emeritus Professor Charles Dickens. It is intended as the basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation.

The oblique approach

With maturity – personal or corporate – comes the principle of obliquity. Many people have noted the paradox that the most profitable companies are not necessarily the most profit oriented.

The chainsaw falls on instrumentalism

Chainsaw Al is obsessed with making money. Bill Gates is obsessed with computers. Who is the richer man?

The Third Way

Is the third way simply an eclectic compromise which offers to drop any unpalatable bits from the familiar ideologies of far right and far left? I argue that if there is a third way, this is not where we will find it.

The Role of Business in Society

The view of business as necessarily selfish, narrow and instrumental, is, as it always has been, nonsense. Business which is selfish in motivation, narrow in outlook, and instrumental in behaviour is rarely successful business.

Called to account

What are the responsibilities of Shell to society at large? There is a simple answer - and it’s wrong.

A cowboy culture

How are we to deal with businessmen who won’t play fair? There are three responses, and the one most under-rated is to regulate by a system of values.

Business lessons from the sporting world

Sport is a better metaphor for business than most: which makes the tawdry spectacle of Atlanta 1996 all the more depressing.

The Good Market

Competition is a powerful stimulus to efficiency, innovation, and customer service. We can believe these things, and should, without feeling obliged to accept the political agenda of libertarian individualists. The language of inclusion provides the basis for doing so.