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Esquire magazine's Political Editor asks has human hubris allowed us to ignore the mounting signs that our very hospitable planet is becoming increasingly less hospitable for human habitation?

New research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found overconfidence, driven by outstanding performance, is the decisive factor when companies behave badly. High-performing companies behave unethically because past successes make them arrogant; if they think they can get away with it they'll cut corners to maintain strong performance. Follow this link for a summary; the full article can be found in the Journal of Operations Management.

Updated: May 10, 2022

Lord David Owen wrote recently that he has been pursuing the matter of hubris on the part of leaders in politics and business for the past 15 years. ‘Whose Hubris?’ poses the question as to how much progress has been made in our level of understanding of this phenomenon; one that has taxed the minds of philosophers, thinkers, psychologists and neuroscientists. Have we been looking for answers in the right place?

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