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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

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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

Guest speaker Dr. Larry Rothenberg presents paper to BGS faculty

On November 18, the BGS Department hosted Dr. Larry Rothenberg of the University of Rochester who presented a paper entitled “Bureaucrats, Judges, and Societal Welfare."

Profs. Werner and Richter's research featured in the Daily Texan

Campaign finance research by Professors Tim Werner and Brian Richter was featured in the Daily Texan on November 16.

Professor Spence presents paper at national energy policy conference

On November 17th and 18th David Spence co-hosted and presented a paper at a national energy policy conference at the University of Texas. The conference, entitled " Regional Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Transformations," attracted legal and public policy scholars from across the country to examine the rapid changes underway in the energy sector. The conference was so sponsored by the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota. Professor Spence presented his paper, "Paradoxes of Decarbonization," at the conference.

Professor Spence's op-ed on

On November 14, Professor Spence's commentary titled "Why President-Elect Trump Could Disappoint the Coal Miners Counting on Him" was featured on the Fortune Insiders website. Read the full article here.

Prof. Werner’s Research Published in ASQ

Tim Werner’s paper “Blacklisted Businesses: Social Activists’ Challenges and the Disruption of Corporate Political Activity” (co-authored with Mae McDonnell of the University of Pennsylvania) has been published by Administrative Science Quarterly.  The paper is available here, and a podcast in which Profs. McDonnell and Werner discuss the paper is available here.

Professor Spence blog on the KBH Center website

On November 10, David's Spence's blog titled "Electricity, Fossil Fuels and the Trump Administration," was featured on the KBH Center website.  Read the full blog post here.

Brad Gold and his class featured on KXAN news

On November 10, Brad Gold and his class appeared on KXAN news in a feature that explored whether president-elect Donald Trump's skills in running a business will translate to running a country.

Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council Fall Meeting

On October 17, Cara Biasucci, Ian Ishak, Robert Prentice and the EthicsUnwrapped Video Series and Educational Program hosted the semi-annual meeting of the Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council and various of its members who strongly support ethics education at McCombs and elsewhere, including Marty Meekins of Los Angeles, Richard Kinkaid of Chicago, Bill Jackson of Ft. Worth, Mitch Kreindler of Houston, Stephan James of Spicewood, and Charlie Teeple of Austin.

Guest speaker Emerson Tiller presents to BGS faculty

On October 14, Emerson Tiller of the Kellogg School of Business and the Northwestern University School of Law presented a paper to the BGS faculty entitled"The Political Economy of Promissory Estoppel.

Prof. Werner presents at SMS, INSEAD, and RSM

Following two research talks at the Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting in Berlin, Tim Werner presented his paper “Into the Dark: Shifts in Corporate Political Strategy after a Reputational Threat” to the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD and the Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department at the Rotterdam School of Management in September.  The paper is co-authored with Mary-Hunter McDonnell of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.