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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

On September 11, Ethics Unwrapped released eight new ethics videos that, like all its others, are free, easily available (on Youtube or at, research-driven, and award winning.

CEO of Global Ethics Institute teaches McCombs Students

On September 25, Anthony Gray, CEO of the Global Ethics Institute, taught McCombs students how to make reasoned and defensible decisions when confronted with difficult ethical choices. The talk was made possible by the Bates Family Foundation, Bob and Ann Pratt, Will and Beverly O'Hara, and Charlie and Mary Teeple.

Professor Timothy Werner, along with co-author Mary-Hunter McDonnell of Georgetown University, won the Best Conference Paper Prize at the Strategic Management Society's Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. Werner and McDonnell's paper, "Blacklisted Benefactors: The Political Contestation of Non-Market Strategy," demonstrates that social activist protests can disrupt corporate political activity, such as campaign contributions. The awards committee named the paper as the best out of the over 700 papers presented at the conference.

Professor Allison Presents at ALSB

John Allison presented a paper entitled "New Evidence on Patent Litigation Outcomes Across Technologies and Industries" at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle.

Professor Murray Presents at ALSB

Paula Murray presented a paper entitled "Eminent Domain: Appropriate Use of the Power to Help Underwater Homeowners?" at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle.

Prentice Wins Best Ethics Paper at ALSB

Professor David Spence was quoted recently in a Christian Science Monitor article about conflict between states and local governments over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." The proliferation of litigation pitting state regulators and landowners against local communities trying to restrict or ban fracking, and the resolution of those conflicts, is the subject of a forthcoming article in the Texas Law Review by Prof. Spence.

Professor Prentice Participates in Ethics Roundtable

Professor Robert Prentice participated in the July 10 Ethics Board Roundtable in Washington DC that was hosted by the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).

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."