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.
Professor Werner Interviewed by the Washington Post
On March 1, Professor Timothy Werner conducted a Q&A with the Washington Post regarding the role of business in the defeat of Arizona Senate Bill 1062. Drawing upon research in his recent book, Werner discussed why big businesses, due to their commitments to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, put pressure on the governor of Arizona to defeat the bill.
Professor Prentice Presents at APPE
On March 1, Robert Prentice presented a paper on teaching behavioral ethics using Ethics Unwrapped videos at the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics (APPE) annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL.
Professor Prentice Gives Talk on Ethics
On January 23, Professor Prentice gave a talk on behavioral ethics to the UT LAMP (life-long learning) program. The topic of the discussion was "Why Good People Do Bad Things."
Professor Cross Honored at Book Fest
On February 7, the UT Law School held a book fest honoring Professor Frank Cross’s new Stanford University Press book “The Failed Promise of Originalism." Stefanie Lindquist, Lawrence Solum (Georgetown), and Stephen Griffin (Tulane) participated in the discussion of Professor Cross' new book.
New Ethics Unwrapped Videos Posted
Cara Biasucci, film maker for EthicsUnwrapped, the BGS free ethics video series, has posted three new videos with content provided by Dr. Minette Drumwright--Moral Myopia, Moral Muteness, and Moral Imagination.
BGS Launches New Certificate Program
The Business, Government & Society Department will offer a new undergraduate certificate program starting Fall 2014. The new certificate is titled the Business & Public Policy Certificate (BPP). Any undergraduate student at UT Austin may apply to be part of the new program. The priority deadline for applications is March 1st, 2014, but students are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be evaluated after March 1st until the program is full. Visit the Texas BPP page for more information or email the program at BPPCertificate@mccombs.utexas.edu
if you have any questions.
Prof Spence Featured in Texas Enterprise
Professor David Spence recently wrote an article that was featured in Texas Enterprise. The article discussed the possibility of Mexico allowing private companies to participate in its oil and gas markets.
Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
Professor Timothy Werner’s research
on the link between corporate independent expenditures and the passage of state antitakeover legislation was cited in an essay on Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
The essay, written by Professor John Coates, is critical of the SEC’s recent decision to remove disclosure of corporate political activity from its priority agenda.
Professor Richter in Washington Times
On December 11, Professor Brian Richter was quoted in the Washington Times regarding the economic impact of the automobile bailout.
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).