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    Beyond Business Ethics

    Why do good people do bad things?

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    Managing relationships

    with governments, NGOs, and other external stakeholders

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    business ethics is as much about
    emotional intelligence as technical proficiency.
    Professor Robert Prentice

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    law and regulation into business decisions

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    the social and ethical dimensions of business problems

Business, Government & Society

Business, Government & Society Launches "Ethics Unwrapped"

“Ethics Unwrapped,” a series of free ethics teaching videos, was launched in Fall 2012 by the McCombs School of Business. The videos are available at the Ethics Unwrapped website.

McCombs' Newest Department

The Business, Government, & Society department focuses research and teaching on the regulatory, political, legal and ethical environment of business. Today’s global marketplace is more competitive, more transparent, more culturally and politically diverse, and more fluid than ever before. Future business leaders will need to be able to navigate the legal, ethical and cultural demands of government and society. The BGS department helps students cultivate the skills needed to successfully manage the dynamic business environment of the future.

Department News

Partnership in Business Ethics Conference

Robert Prentice serves on the steering committee for the Partnership in Business Ethics and on May 18 and 19 participated in the 2015 PBE Conference hosted by the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

John Allison referenced in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Published work by John Allison was referenced in John Oliver's recent video on patents (at about the 6:00 minute mark):

15th Annual Strategy & the Business Environment Conference Presentation

On May 2 at the 15th Annual Strategy & the Business Environment Conference hosted at the Harvard Business School, Dr. Tim Werner presented a paper entitled "Blacklisted Benefactors: The Political Contestation of Non-Market Strategy" (co-author: Mary Hunter-McDonnell).

15th Annual Strategy & the Business Environment Conference Presentation

On May 2 at the 15th Annual Strategy & the Business Environment Conference Hosted at the Harvard Business School, Dr. Brian Richter presented a paper entitled "Corporate Social & Financial Performance Revisited: On Measures, Methods, and Interpretations" (co-authors: David Primo & Robert Carroll).

29th Most Cited Private Law Article

John Allison’s article “Empirical Evidence on the Validity of Litigated Patents,” 26 AIPLA Q.J. 185 (1998) with Mark Lemley of Stanford was recently noted to be the 29th most cited private law article of the past 25 years.

Professor Werner’s research featured on LSE policy blog

The London School of Economics’ American Politics and Policy blog recently featured a post by BGS Professor Timothy Werner that discussed his newly published paper with John J. Coleman on the relationship between corporate political activity and corporate law in the U.S. states.  You can read Werner’s blog post here or download the paper from the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

Tower Award for Civic Engagement

Karen Landolt won a Tower Award for Civic Engagement for her CS 378 Behavioral Ethics in the Digital Age course, which is essentially the same as the BGS 270 Ethics, CSR, and Service Learning course that she teaches in the Business School.

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference presentation

On February 21, Program Director Cara Biasucci presented Ethics Unwrapped’s Curriculum Integration Initiative at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference in Costa Mesa, California with colleagues from the School of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin.

Professor Spence quoted in the Texas Tribune and KUT/NPR.

David Spence was quoted recently on EPA’s regulation of coal-fired power plants: first in a story on the Supreme Court’s review of the agency’s mercury emissions regulation in the Texas Tribune; and again in a story on regional haze rules on KUT/NPR.

Professor Werner presents at University of Minnesota

On February 20, BGS Professor Timothy Werner presented his paper “Blacklisted Benefactors: The Political Contestation of Non-Market Strategy” (co-authored with Mary-Hunter McDonnell of Georgetown University) to the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management’s Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department’s seminar series.

You can download the paper here.