Business Ethics

Marjorie Kelly co-founded Business Ethics Magazine in 1987 and served as publisher until 2006. Below is a sampling of her articles and interviews.

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  • On Putting Out Vol. 20, No. 1 – Spring 2006
    Reflections on departing as editor.
  • A Time of Pure Potential – Spring 2006
    Interview with Mike Thomas, former v.p. of corporate social responsibility at Granite Construction, who is on a mission to bring companies alive.
  • Reshaping the Language of Business – Winter 2005
    How new language helps make the case for ethics.

NOTE: This portion of the site is still under development and more articles may be posted at a later date.

Musings, by Marjorie Kelly

Vol. 01, N0. 1: Preserving the Wild Places

Vol. 01, N0. 2: The Hunger for Money

Vol. 01, N0. 3: A Habitat of Lies

Vol. 01, N0. 4: The New Aristocracy

Vol. 01, N0. 5: The Ethics of Stress

Vol. 01, N0. 6: The Economic Ground We Stand On

Vol. 02, N0. 1: Humanizing the Machine

Vol. 02, N0. 2: Signs of Change in the War Machine

Vol. 03, N0. 1: The Year of the Angels

Vol. 03, N0. 2: Loose Time and Solitude

Vol. 03, N0. 3: The Tyranny of Perfection

Vol. 03, N0. 4: In Search of the Ethical Corporation

Vol. 04, N0. 2: The Million Hands of God

Vol. 04, N0. 3: Thoughts on Growing a Magazine

Vol. 04, N0. 4: Capitalism at Its Best

Vol. 04, N0. 5, Taking Time for Life

Vol. 04, N0. 6: Like Blades of Grass Through Concrete

Vol. 05, N0. 1: Why the World Hates Business

Vol. 05, N0. 3: How to Change the World

Vol. 05, N0. 4: Civilization and Nature

Vol. 05, N0. 5: Prosperity and Ethics

Vol. 05, N0. 6: Claiming the Dark Side

Vol. 06, No. 01: Coming to Our Senses

Vol. 06, No. 02: Can You Be Too Rich

Vol. 06, No. 03: The Warm Winds of April

Vol. 06, No. 04: Now We Are Five

Vol. 06, No. 05: Living in the Machine Dream

Vol. 06, No. 06, The Bad Guy Question

Vol. 07, No. 01The Architecture of Time

Vol. 07, No. 03: Dangerous Vision

Vol. 07, No. 04: Taming the Demons of Change

Vol. 07, No. 05: Business and the Decline of Kings

Vol. 07, No. 06: Vandals in the Free-Market Temple

Vol. 08, No. 02: A Copernican Revolution in Corporate Governance

Vol. 08, No. 03: Demonizing the Boss

Vol. 08, No. 05: To Tell the Truth

Vol. 09, No. 01: Capitalism Grows Up

Vol. 09, No. 03: Welcome to Montgomery

Vol. 09, No. 04: Dow Corning’s One Percent Disaster

Vol. 09, No. 05: The Parable of the Shoe Salesman

Vol. 09, No. 06: The Rising Storm

Vol. 10, No. 01: Questioning the Purpose of Capitalism

Vol. 10, No. 02: And Now for the Surprise Answer…

Vol. 10, No. 03: Tempest in a Teapot

Vol. 10, No. 04: Is Pizza Hut Burma’s Keeper

Vol. 10, No. 05: Rebels Without A Clue

Vol. 10, No. 06: Welcome to the New Business Ethics

Vol. 11, No. 1: Why All the Fuss About Stockholders

Vol. 11, No. 2: Was 1996 the Year Without Employees

Vol. 11, No. 3: Barbarism Makes a Comeback

Vol. 11, No. 4: Why Socially Responsible Isn’t Enough

Vol. 11, No. 6: Look Out Below MAIIs About to Fly

Vol. 12, No. 1: Who Owns Intellectual Capital

Vol. 12, No. 2: Liberty for Me, Not for Thee

Vol. 12, No. 3: From Subjects to Citizens

Vol. 12, No. 4: The Cruel Underside of Productivity

Vol. 12, No. 5: Why is Theft of Public Resources Legal

Vol. 12, No. 6: Some Seeds Germinate Only in Fire

Vol. 13, No. 2: Getting Companies Off the Dole

Vol. 13, No. 3: Do Stockholders Own Corporations

Vol. 14, No. 1: (Un)Free Trade

Vol. 14, No. 5: The Truth About Stock Options

Vol. 14, No. 6: Unmasking the Myth of the Free Market

Vol. 15, No. 2: The Best of All Possible Economies

Vol. 15, No. 3&4: The Corporationas Feudal Estate

Vol. 15, No. 6: Property Privileges (Not Rights)

Vol. 16, No. 2: Waving Goodbye to the Invisible Hand

Vol. 16, No. 5&6: Constituting a Democratic Economy

Vol. 17, No. 01: Despairing Globally Hoping Locally

Vol. 17, No. 02: Eureka An Opening for Economic Democracy

Vol. 18, No. 04: Holy Grail Found

Vol. 19, No. 01: Fannie Mae No.1 Corporate Citizen

Vol. 19, No. 02: The Ethics Revolution

Vol. 19, No. 03: Iphigenes Song

Vol. 19, No. 04: Reshaping the Language of Business

Vol. 20, No. 01: On Putting Out Vol. 20, No.1


"When we put out Vol. 1, No. 1 of Business Ethics in July 1987, we ran out long galleys of type, aligned them with a T square and pasted them down. I had an IBM Selectric – remember the little ball that bounced around? I sent authors letters through the post office. Imagine that.”
From On Putting Out Vol. 20, No. 1
Business Ethics, Spring 2006
"I was fortunate to be at SRI in the Rockies when news broke of the attack on the World Trade Center. As the crisis brought the conference to a halt, the generous soul of the group emerged."
From How the Socially Responsible Investment World Reacted to 9-11
Business Ethics, Fall 2001
"After Enron, some have called for closer alignment between executive and stockholder interests. But this alignment was itself the issue. When we equate success with share price, a soaring price makes it impossible to see problems. What could be wrong when the business is succeeding beyond anyone's wildest dreams?"
From Waving Goodbye to the Invisible Hand
Business Ethics, March/April 2002
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October 15, 2016, Roxbury Crossing, MA

Marjorie Kelly joins John Barros (Director of Economic Development for Boston), Melvin Miller (Publisher Bay State Banner), and other experts to discuss building community wealth. Specifically, the panel will focus on concrete strategies for Black families to build wealth in Massachusetts.

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