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Alejo Jose G. Sison

Alejo José G. Sison, PhD, is president of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN). He holds appointments from the Philosophy Department and the Institute for Enterprise and Humanism (University of Navarre), as well as accreditation from the Spanish state university system. He is also senior research fellow at the Center for Business and Society of IESE. He was director of the Rafael Escolá Chair of Professional Ethics at the School of Engineering (TECNUN) from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he worked at the University of Asia & the Pacific (Manila).
In 1997, he was appointed Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Since then, he has received fellowships from the 21st Century Trust Foundation (London), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (Yale University), the American Society of International Law (Washington DC), the Salzburg Seminar, Bentley College (Waltham, MA) and the Policy and Leadership Studies Department of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He began to form part of the Editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics in 2009.
His research deals with the issues at the juncture of ethics with economics and politics. His book, “The Moral Capital of Leaders. Why Virtue Matters” (Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, Ltd., 2003), has been translated into Spanish and Chinese. He is also co-author and co-editor of “Global Perspectives on Ethics of Corporate Governance” (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006). His latest work, “Corporate Governance and Ethics: An Aristotelian Perspective” (Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, Ltd., 2008) with a foreword by Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer came out in July, 2008.


Is AI an ethical player? Yes? No? What’s AI?

5 Aug 2019
AI is not nor can it be a moral agent

Why I teach

19 Jul 2019
...and what is teaching, really?

No ‘dirty’ money for ‘clean’ art?

20 Jun 2019
Even imperfect people can and should do good deeds

Debunking performance-related pay for MBA CEOs

16 May 2019
CEO credentials do not correlate with higher stock prices

Should B-school rankings be based on what you earn or what you learn?

12 Apr 2019
Too much emphasis on compensation in rankings produces an inversion of values

The mark of Cain

4 Mar 2019
The duty to tell the truth does not dispense us from charity

Are populists a moral political alternative?

4 Feb 2019
To answer, one must consider their methods as well as objectives.

In search of a foundation for human rights (2)

10 Jan 2019
The Enlightenment view is tattered and rickety. It's time for a fresh vision

In search of a foundation for human rights (1)

8 Jan 2019
A 16th Century Dominican friar could be considered the father of human rights

Your cash is good, but we need credit

1 Oct 2018
On different standards of credit-worthiness.

The case of double-dipping executives 

4 Sep 2018
Stock buybacks are legal, but are they ethical?

Doing a SWOT analysis of the Vatican’s finance guidelines

14 Aug 2018
Some good ideas are wrapped in poor rhetoric

Did the Vatican get it right on the global financial crisis?

23 Jul 2018
A long document on the economy has strengths and weaknesses

Blaming Facebook is like shooting the messenger

5 Jun 2018
What we need is more discretion, not more regulation

Let’s take a second look at the ethics of driverless cars

3 Apr 2018
Despite the publicity and fanfare, there is no such thing as AI ethics. Only humans do ethics.

Overcoming conflict in a post-truth age

30 Jan 2017
Instead of building walls, we need to base arguments on our common humanity

A universal basic income won’t do everyone good

20 Jun 2016
What if there isn’t enough work to go around?

You want to maximize happiness? Try the virtues

17 Mar 2015
The United Nations celebrates International Day of Happiness on March 20.

What virtue adds to happiness

9 Jan 2015
Going beyond having and doing into the realm of becoming.

A moral roadmap for European renewal

16 Dec 2011
Nothing less than a return to the foundations of justice in nature and reason will do.

The happiness of believing

6 Dec 2011
Europeans who belong to a religion report higher levels of happiness than those who do not.

How do religious belief and practice affect Europeans’ happiness?

29 Nov 2011
Europe is often described as a godless wasteland. That's not what the statistics show.

“Economics is not a morality play” And so?

1 Oct 2010
An ethicist challenges a leading economist's claim that the market is necessarily amoral.

Banking should be boring

8 Jan 2010
Changing the rules of the game may help safeguard our money. But the most important reform is bankers' characters.

What’s love got to do with it?

13 Aug 2009
A business ethicist offers a professional view of Pope Benedict XVI's latest encyclical on ethics in business, 'Caritas in veritate'.

An oath to be ethical

5 Jun 2009
Some business graduates are leaving Harvard clutching a pledge card. But what difference will it make?

What can economists tell us about happiness?

27 May 2009
Given the discoveries of modern "Happiness Studies", isthere any role left for virtue? Does ethics continue to have a say on happiness, or shouldit give up the turf to economics and psychology?

The peak of deception

18 Dec 2008
The racket perpetrated by Bernie Madoff may be the biggest so far, but it certainly won't be the last.

Happiness is not a lottery win

4 Apr 2008
Money has much less to do with happiness than we commonly assume.

When more is never enough

25 Nov 2007
Executive compensation is soaring to unheard-of heights. What on earth do they want it for?

Special workers

9 Nov 2006
An unusual Spanish business model employs disabled workers and turns a convincing profit.

Private vices, public vices

19 Nov 2005
New Jersey voters overlooked the messy marriage breakup of Senator JonCorzine and elected him governor anyway. An expert in business ethicsasks what lessons can be drawn from this.

State Building

10 Dec 2004
Francis Fukuyama has a knack for identifying the big issues, framing them, and setting the agenda for learned discussions across the international community.