Aaron Miller

Theranos Trial Reveals the Burden of Deception

Elizabeth Holmes—founder of the defunct blood-testing company Theranos—is in the midst of her long-anticipated trial (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58494912) for defrauding customers and investors. After raising nearly $1 Billion in venture capital, landing big customers like Walgreens, and assembling a board of powerful people like Henry Kissinger and Gen. James Mattis, the company fell to pieces in 2016 […]

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Appeal to Higher Loyalties

Appeal to Higher Loyalties For this next post in our rationalization series, we will address “Appeal to Higher Loyalties”. The Business Ethics Field Guide describes this principle in the following manner: “Ethical dilemmas often require you to choose one value over another. This makes appealing to your higher loyalties a particularly effective neutralization technique. You’ll

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Condemnation of Condemners

Condemnation of Condemners: As the fourth installment in our series of posts dissecting the techniques of neutralization, we will address “condemnation of condemners”. As defined in The Business Ethics Field Guide, “condemnation of condemners” refers to finding fault in the entities or people who might criticize us. To understand this concept better, here are some

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