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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

Prof. Werner presents at SMS, INSEAD, and RSM

Following two research talks at the Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting in Berlin, Tim Werner presented his paper “Into the Dark: Shifts in Corporate Political Strategy after a Reputational Threat” to the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD and the Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department at the Rotterdam School of Management in September.  The paper is co-authored with Mary-Hunter McDonnell of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Partners in Business Ethics Conference at the University of Kansas

''On September 29-30, Robert Prentice attended the Partners in Business Ethics Conference at the University of Kansas.  He serves on the Steering Committee of the PBE.

MBA Faculty Honor Roll

At an MBA ceremony on September 28, Grace Renbarger, Paula Murray, and Christopher Meakin were all recognized as having qualified for the Faculty Honor Roll in the Working Professionals MBA program. 

(Congratulations and thanks, Gracie, Christopher, and Paula).

Professor Spence Quoted in KUT Report

David Spence was quoted in KUT’s Sept. 26, 2016 report on litigation over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, You can read the full report here.

Professor Richter on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show

Brian Richter appeared on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show on September 15 to discuss the influences that bosses have on their employees when it comes to politics.

Professor Richter Quoted in the NY Times

On September 5th, 2016, Professor Richter was quoted in the NY Times' Dealbook column. You can read the full article here.

Prentice Receives First Place Award in the RMA Journalistic Excellence Competition.

Robert Prentice and co-author Yousef A. Valine received the First Place Award in the Risk Management Association’s Journalistic Excellence Competition (2016) for their article  “Barriers to Achieving ‘Credible Challenge’” that was published in The RMA Journal.

Professor Prentice Presents at the ALSB Convention in Puerto Rico

On August 10, Robert Prentice presented a paper entitled "Lessons from Behavioral Ethics: The Difficult Art of Making Moral Judgments" to the Ethics Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business at the ALSB's 91st annual convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico."

David Spence, “A Shift in the Energy Regulatory Regime” (RegBlog)

On July 18, 2016, Professor Spence's article, "A Shift in the Energy Regulatory Regime," was featured on RegBlog.  You can read the full article here.

Professor Werner wins SMS Stakeholder Paper Award

The Stakeholder Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) has awarded Timothy Werner its Best Proposal with Practical Implications Award for his paper “Covert Corporate Political Activity and Shareholder Value.”  Werner will receive the award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the SMS in Berlin this September.  You can download the paper here.