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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

Faculty Present to Aspen Institute

On June 8-10, 2014, Meme Drumwright, Cara Biasucci, and Robert Prentice represented McCombs at the Aspen Institute's Undergraduate Business Education Consortium meeting in Richmond, VA, where they made a presentation about Ethics Unwrapped. The presentation was paired with one on a service learning internship program operated by Spain's ESADE business school.

"U.S. public opinion is divided on fracking, with hundreds of local jurisdictions banning it, said David Spence, energy regulation expert at Texas' McCombs School of Business & School of Law. Opting to punish disclosure of information could fuel people's fears, he said."

Professor Allison Paper to be Published

Had a paper, titled "Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation," accepted for publication in the Texas Law Review. The paper was done with Mark Lemley of Stanford and David Schwartz of the IIT Institute in Chicago, and will be published in June 2014.

The BGS Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Professor Kishore Gawande. Dr. Gawande has a Ph.D in economics from UCLA and specializes in empirical research in political economy and trade. He joins McCombs after a decade of service as the Roy and Helen Ryu Chair of Economics and Government at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gawande is an award-winning classroom teacher and a prominent scholar in his fields of study.

Professor Cross Chosen as Editor for Journal

Professor Frank Cross now serves as the Social Science Research Network's editor for the Law & Courts e-Journal.

Professor Spence recently wrote an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle. He writes that, "Whatever you may think about the science behind environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, there are now indisputable rumblings caused by the natural gas drilling procedure in local communities across Texas."

Professor Allison presented a paper titled "New Evidence on Litigation of Software and Business Method Patents," at the "Roundtable on Software & Business Method Patents," at the Searle Center for Civil Justice Research, Northwestern University, April 25, 2014.

Professor Allison presented a paper titled, "New Evidence on Patent Litigation Outcomes Across Industries," at the "PatCon4" conference at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, April 4, 2014. The Patent Conference is the largest annual conference for patent scholars in the world.

Ethics Unwrapped won a 2014 Silver CASE award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The winning video, "Fundamental Attribution Error," was written and narrated by Robert Prentice and features MBA and undergraduate students from UT. The animated video explores a fundamental flaw in our thinking that can cause us to misjudge and misinterpret unethical behavior in ourselves and in others.

Professor Allison recently presented a paper titled, "Deep Mining Patent Litigation," at the University of Texas School of Law conference, "Steps Toward Evidence-Based IP," on January 24, 2014. Various invited scholars presented at the symposium sponsored by the Texas Law Review.