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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

Professor Spence's Op-Ed on the Washington Post

On March 15th, Professor Spence's op-ed was featured on the Washington Post website.  Read the full story here.

Ethics Unwrapped Video Series and Educational Program receives 2017 CASE Award

The Ethics Unwrapped Video Series and Educational Program received a 2017 CASE Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for its most recent short video, Propaganda: Ethics & the Media. The video, inspired by Ethics Unwrapped's collaboration with the Bullock Texas State History Museum and their exhibit "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda," points out the biases and pressures that support propaganda, and encourages ethical leadership through ethics education. This is the fourth CASE Award that Ethics Unwrapped has won since the program launched in November 2012.

Professor Spence quoted in the Austin American Statesman

On March 3rd, Professor Spence was quoted in an article titled "Ken Paxton praises Trump’s EPA as relations warm" in the Austin American Statesman.  Read the full article here.

Professor Spence op-ed on IEEE Spectrum

On February 23, IEEE Spectrum, a technology, engineering, and science news journal, published a story by Professor David Spence, on the full cost of electricity. Read the full story here.

Professor Spence quoted in

On February 22nd, Professor Spence was quoted in an article title "What Energy Producers Need to Know About Trump's SCOTUS Pick" in Read the full article here.

Professor Spence quoted in ABC News Article

On January 18, 2017, ABC News quoted Professor David Spence in a story about how Trump’s EPA pick has favored state over federal authority on the environment.  Read the full article here.

Professor Spence quoted in Megawatt Daily.

On January 4th, Professor Spence was quoted in an article in Megawatt Daily titled "CPP support letter likely to be ignored: observers."

Professor Spence quoted in The Desert Sun

On December 9th, Professor Spence was quoted in an op-ed in The Desert Sun.  Read the full article here.

Prof. Werner elected to SMS Stakeholder interest group position

Prof. Tim Werner has been elected to serve as representative-at-large for the Stakeholder Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.  Werner’s two-year term will begin in January 2017.

Guest speaker Dr. Larry Rothenberg presents paper to BGS faculty

On November 18, the BGS Department hosted Dr. Larry Rothenberg of the University of Rochester who presented a paper entitled “Bureaucrats, Judges, and Societal Welfare."