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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

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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

BGS Guest Speaker Professor Richard Hall

With the generous support of the Bates Family Foundation, the BGS Department brought in Professor Richard Hall of the University of Michigan on April 22 to give a talk entitled "Issue Advertising and Legislative Voting on the Affordable Care Act."

Professor Spence Quoted in KUT News Broaddcast

On 04/16/16, Professor Spence was quoted in a news broadcast titled "Texas Power Players Sit Out Political Opposition To Clean Power Plan" on the Weekend Edition Saturday of KUT News. You can listen to the broadcast or read the transcript here.

Professor Landolt To Receive 2016 Tower Award

Karen Landolt was named UT's "Outstanding Community-Based Learning Professor” and will receive a 2016 LCCE Tower Award.

Professor Prentice Presents At The Kelley School of Business

On April 22, Robert Prentice made a behavioral ethics presentation using Ethics Unwrapped videos at the Kelley School of  Business, University of Indiana.

Op-Ed by Professor Spence in Huffpost Politics

On 04/14/16, an op-ed by Professor Spence was posted on the Huffington Post website.  You can read the full article here.

Co-Sponsored Guest Speaker Professor Hollis Skaife

On April 15, the generosity of the Bates Family Fund enabled BGS to co-sponsor with the Accounting Department a research talk by UC Davis Professor of Accounting Hollis Skaife.  The title of the talk was "Strategic R&D Classification and the R&D Tax Credit."

Professor Werner Interview with CBC News

On April 13, 2016, Professor Werner was quoted in an article titled "Anti-LGBT Laws Push Corporations to Forefront of Equality" on CBC News.  You an read the full article here.

Professor Werner discusses business’ opposition to anti-LGBT legislation

On Monday, April 4, Professor Werner was interviewed by Knowledge@Wharton’s Radio show on SirusXM.  Werner discussed the reasons for and consequences of the business community’s opposition to anti-LGBT legislation that has been introduced in several state legislatures.  Werner wrote on this topic in his 2012 book, Public Forces and Private Politics in American Big Business.  A podcast version of the interview is available here.

Professor Werner participates in an Undergraduate Business Council Event

On Tuesday, March 29, BGS Professor Tim Werner participated in an Undergraduate Business Council event entitled “Debunking Trump” with Journalism Professor Robert Jensen.  Werner and Jensen discussed Donald Trump’s role in the current election, focusing on his relationship with the Republican Party and its key constituencies (including business), and they also put Trump’s candidacy, as well as those of the other remaining 2016 candidates, in historical perspective.

Professor Davis Presents Paper to BGS

The generosity of the Bates Family Foundation enabled BGS to host a March 4 paper presentation by Dr. Jerry Davis of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  The paper was entitled "What Might Replace the Modern Corporation? Uberization and the Web Page Enterprise."