What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

The Ethical Businessman of the 21st Century

September 24, 2012, 12:00 AM
Ethics2

What's the Big Idea?

Were the problems that led to the financial crisis of 2008 purely financial issues, or ethical issues? Consider, for instance, the practice of selling a product to someone that you know can't afford it. Or consider lending someone money that you know they won't be able to repay. Who is ultimately responsible for such practices, often referred to as "predatory lending"?

Andrew Likierman, dean of the London Business School, says that these are simply examples of questions that anyone going to business school, or starting a business of their own, will inevitably face. And some ethical training is required of us all in order to be prepared for the world of business, which can often be an ethical minefield.

After all, you might think you have the best moral and ethical compass in the world, but what if the organization you work for does not? How do you contend with the inevitable conflicts that will result? 

Watch Likierman here:

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

More from the Big Idea for Monday, September 24 2012

Today's Big Idea: Blind Spots

We would all like to think that we are not like Bernie Madoff. And perhaps most of us are correct in that self-assessment. And yet, studies show that individuals always tend to overrate their own ... Read More…

 

The Ethical Businessman of ...

Newsletter: Share: