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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

Panel Discussion with Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins

On March 2, 2018, Meme Drumwright and Robert Prentice joined Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins in a panel discussion on “Enron, Power, Gender and Industry at UT and Beyond” as part of a symposium at the UT Fine Arts School.

BBA Spring 2018 Faculty Honor Roll

Dean Bredeson was named to the BBA Spring 2018 faculty honor roll.

2018 Changemaker Award

Professor Brad Gold has been named a finalist for the 2018 Changemaker award by the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce.

BGS Faculty to participate in the Eyes on Teaching Program

BGS faculty members Karen Landolt and Fran Pedersen have been selected by the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program to participate in the Eyes on Teaching program in Spring 2018.

Professor Spence at Georgetown Law School

David Spence has spent the fall semester visiting at the Georgetown Law School in Washington DC.

BGS Faculty selected for the BBA Honor Roll

BGS faculty members Tim Werner and Robert Prentice have been selected for the BBA Faculty Honor Roll for their teaching in the spring semester of 2017.

BGS co-sponsors the International Political Economy Society

On Nov. 16 and 17 the BGS Department co-sponsored the International Political Economy Society (IPES) annual conference, hosted by UT’s Government Department.  The conference brought in leading scholars from all over the world.  The Department thanks the Bates Family Foundation for its generous support which made this possible.

BGS Hosts Non-Market Strategy Conference

On Friday, October 27, the BGS Department hosted a non-market strategy-focused extension of the Strategic Management Society’s Annual Meeting.  The mini-conference attracted over 50 attendees from schools in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  The event featured a keynote address from Tom Lyon of the University of Michigan and panel discussions run by Ronnie Chatterji of Duke University and Doug Schuler of Rice University.  Additionally, Susan Moore of AMD provided an industry perspective on firms’ government affairs and corporate social responsibility practices.

Partners in Business Ethics Conference

On November 7 and 8, Robert Prentice attended the Partners in Business Ethics Conference at Penn State.  He is on the steering committee for the PBE Conference and BGS will host the conference in 2019.

BGS Hosts SMS Conference Extension

On October 27, BGS hosted an extension to the annual Strategic Management Society Conference entitled "The Future of Non-Market Strategy Research" with scholars from all over the world.  The Bates Family Foundation's support is  gratefully acknowledged.