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 (and downloading instructions) 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.
Prentice Presents at IESBA
On December 5, Robert Prentice gave a talk on behavioral ethics in New York City to the International Ethical Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).
Thornley and the Business of Brisket
BGS Lectuer Drew Thornley was recently featured in a McCombs Today article about his "Business of Brisket." The article is a great write-up that shows how some of our faculty don't just teach business. Some of them are also successful entrepreneurs outside of the McCombs world.
BGS Partners With Washington Campus
With the help of the Government Department, BGS is rolling out in Spring 2014 an undergraduate version of the Washington Campus Program, which will allow students who register for a special section of GOV 312L to fulfill this required course primarily by spending a week in our nation's capital interacting with important figures in politics and business who help shape the political environment in which business operates. Dave Spence will teach this course.
Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll
BGS faculty members Dean Bredeson, Fran Pedersen, and Robert Prentice were named to the Fall 2013 Undergraduate Faculty Honor Roll in a ceremony on October 21st.
Spence Quoted in New York Times
Professor David Spence was quoted in a recent article published by the Texas Tribune and New York Times. The article discusses an appeal filed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. TCEQ is appealing a 2012 decision by District Judge Gisela Triana of Travis County. Judge Triana ruled that TCEQ could use its own discretion and decide not to institute greenhouse gas regulations. TCEQ is arguing the court did not have jurisdiction to begin with and made an "improper declaratory judgement."
New Certficate Offered by BGS
The University of Texas at Austin Business & Public Policy Certificate Program will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to have an officially-recognized concentration in the study of business and public policy.
Richter and Werner Present at APSA
Assistant Professors Brian Kelleher Richter and Timothy Werner presented their paper entitled "Campaign Contributions from Corporate Executives in lieu of Political Action Committees" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago over Labor Day weekend. Additionally, the Political Organizations and Parties Section of APSA formally awarded Werner its Emerging Scholar Award at the meeting.
Amy Bell Speaks on Social Finance
On September 4, the BGS Department sponsored a talk on impact investing by Amy Bell (BHP '03), the Vice President of Social Finance at JP Morgan Chase.
Werner Presents at Center for the Study of Public Choice
Assistant Professor Timothy Werner presented "Campaign Contributions from Corporate Executives in lieu of Political Action Committees" (co-authored with Brian Kelleher Richter) at George Mason's Center for the Study of Public Choice on September 11.
NPR Quotes Professor Spence
A July 18 segment from NPR’s Marketplace explores the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent enforcement activities targeting financial companies. They quoted UT Law Professor David Spence.
“Banks have slowly gotten into that same space that Enron used to occupy,” Spence explains. Financial institutions now dominate energy trading and have greater incentive to manipulate energy markets.