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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 Honor Roll - Spring 2015

In the Spring of 2015, students filled out course instructor surveys rating their McCombs professors over a wide range of criteria. Faculty members with the highest average scores were selected for the Faculty Honor Roll.  Of twelve professor selected, three were from BGS—Jeff Patterson, Tim Werner, and Robert Prentice.

Spence featured in McCombs Today (Fall 2015 Edition)

Professor David Spence was featured in Fall 2015 edition of McCombs Today, in an article about energy scholarship and teaching at McCombs.

Spence quoted in "Checks, Balances, and What Happens When Congress Punts" (Texas Enterprise).

On October 6th 2015, David Spence was quoted in an article titled "Checks, Balances, and What Happens When Congress Punts" on the Texas Enterprise website.  You can read the full article here.

Commentary co-written by David Spence on

On  September 27, 2015, the commentary co-written by David Spence from BGS and Ross Baldick from the Cockrell School of Engineering titled "Why America's power grid needs natural gas now more than ever" appeared on  You can read the full article here.

Op-ed by Prentice in a number of state media outlets

Three state media outlets, Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and The Monitor,  ran an op-ed by Professor Prentice in September 2015.

Spence quoted in "Colorado court takes up local laws limiting fracking" (

On September 23, 2015, Professor Spence was quoted in an article titled "Colorado court takes up local laws limiting fracking" on Read the full article.

Spence conducts Seminar: “You’re Biased and I’m Not: Separating Energy Policy From Energy Politics.”

On September 4th 2015, Spence conducted a seminar titled “You’re Biased and I’m Not: Separating Energy Policy From Energy Politics” at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

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 and Adelman quoted in "Guess Who Benefits From Regulating Power Plants" (

On August 24, 2015, David Spence and David Adelman's new paper titled "Cost-Benefit Politics in U.S. Energy Policy" was quoted in Legal Planet. 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.