Scene: A debate between Nike CEO Phil Knight and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. The are speaking to an audience dealing with adversity or company criticism
Debate Moderator: I’d like to thank Mr. Knight and Mr. Mackey for volunteering to show up this evening and discuss their views on running a business. Mr. Knight, I’d like to start with you, if you don’t mind.
Knight: Not at all
Debate Moderator: In the past, Nike has been accused of having children illegally working in their Indonesian factories. How did Nike respond to those accusations? Continue reading CEO on CEO Crime
For my conversation, I decided to imagine a conversation between Michael Rozyne and John Mackey discuss their respective company’s relationship with regional/local farmers with Farmer Zack Fisher, a small-scale local farmer looking to market his produce to supermarkets.
Continue reading Who’s Really Helping Out the Little Guy? Mackey vs Rozyne
With our discussion of Enron this week, I was reminded of an article I read in Audit class about the Psychology of Fraud. I feel as though we often hear stories about different accounting/financial fraud that have happened either in recent or past events and look at the perpetrators as awful, moral-lacking people without considering how one gets to the point of committing fraud.
The article highlights a massive bank fraud by Toby Groves and I felt as though remaking the conversation between Toby and a skeptical interviewer would be able to shed some light on how executives justify committing fraud in their companies.
Continue reading The Rationalization of Fraud
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Local farming is starting to become a thing of the past. Though more and more consumers are aware and in favor of locally produced crops, they are also accustomed to having “fresh” fruits and veggies of every variety at any time of year. How can a single farmer compete with the industrialized food markets that have popped up? Michael Rozyne had the idea to create Red Tomato; a company focused on giving local farmers a chance to sell their products along side the main stream produce at major food stores. This is a dialogue between Rozyne and a local Lewisburg farmer, Tim Owens… Continue reading Tomato, Tomahto
This is Terry Greenwood. He is one of many in Pennsylvania affected by negligent fracking practices. Terry makes a living by raising and selling cattle. In recent years, his business has declined because his animals are getting sick. The company working on Terry’s property did not regulate water management practices to help keep his animal’s drinking water safe. Terry pays around $800 a year for water now. He has lost acreage on his farm due to spillage, roads, and trash from the company.
Continue reading How Many Sides are Too Many Sides to a Story?
When Yvon and Mackey sit down for their cup of coffee at the Yeti’s Grind in Vail, Colorado, they are always both somewhat excited and somewhat dreading of the conversation. Midway through their cup of coffee, the conversation sounds something like this… Continue reading Your Salaries Are in a Glass Case Of Emotion
This post is inspired by a stint of research into what Apple executives’ reaction was to the “Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”. Even though on a corporate communications level, Apple has responded to the conditions portrayed by Mike Daisey, Apple’s executives shied away from making public statements about Mike Daisey’s allegations…until today… Continue reading Epic Showdown: Tim Cook vs Mike Daisey (with a guest star as well)
Pro athletes live for what they do. Literally their dedication to the sports that they play is insane and some would say that one perk of this is getting endorsed by cool brands such as Nike. As someone who loves to follow athletics and athletes’ performance I decided to create a dialogue between Tiger Woods and someone who has just heard the news about the Nike factories (Sam). How would Woods react? I think that it is safe to say that golf is a game where honesty plays a huge role. Although this may raise controversy about Woods because of the terrible thing he did (cheating on his wife) I would like to think that he has learned from his mistakes and would be somewhat sincere about the factory coniditions..that is once he became aware of them. Continue reading The Eye of the Tiger- just doesn’t want to face reality
The following fictional dialogue was inspired by real life events. This dialogue contains narrative roots connected firmly to the social epidemic every college student experiences as they scroll through their Facebook and Instagram feed during the Autumnal Equinox. Reader discretion advised. Continue reading How ’bout them apples?