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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

Op-ed by Spence in a number of state and national media outlets

A number of state and national media outlets (Star-Telegram, The Monitor, Rivard Report, My San Antonio Express-News, and The Huffington Post) ran an op-ed by Professor David Spence titled “The Clean Power Plan: Let the Litigation Games Begin.”

ALSB's Distinguished Senior Faculty Award Winner

On August 10 at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual convention in Philadelphia, Robert Prentice received his discipline's highest award--the 2015 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award.

Spence quoted in "Clean Power Plan: EPA rule earns ridicule in oil and gas country, but some support percolates" (

On August 5, 2015, Professor Spence was quoted in an article on the Clean Power Plan on the website.  You can read the full article here.

Texas Evening MBA Outstanding Professor Award Winner

Christopher H. Meakin was named the Outstanding Professor by the Texas Evening MBA Class of 2015.  Christopher was also fortunate enough to receive the same award from the classes of 2012 and 2014.

Prentice quoted in BBC Capital

Robert Prentice, who happened to be teaching in Scotland when he was contacted, was quoted in the BBC Capital's "Work Ethic" column regarding the question of whether employees should violate company policy when they believed it to be in the company's best interest. Read the full article here.

Professor Spence quoted in clean power plan article on

On 08/03/2015, Professor Spence was quoted in "Historic Clean Power Plan To Impact Texas" on the KEYETV website.  You can read the full article here.

Innovative Service Learning Class

BGS professor Karen Landolt's innovative service learning class was featured in McCombs Today:

41st American Bar Association Conference

On May 28, Robert Prentice participated in a behavioral ethics panel discussion at the 41st American Bar Association Conference on Professional Responsibility in Denver, Colorado.

Spence quoted in "Fracking divides red, blue states" (The Hill).

On June 6th 2015, Professor David Spence was quoted in "Fracking divides red, blue states" (The Hill).  You can read the article here.

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.