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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 quoted in Austin Monitor article

On July 18, 2017, David Spence was quoted in an article titled "City of Austin welcomes Texas AG opinion on local tree rules" on the Austin Monitor website. Read the full article here.

Professor Spence quoted in the New Haven Register

On July 12th, 2017, David Spence was quoted in an article titled "Connecticut residents pay highest energy costs in nation, analysis finds" in the New Haven Register.  Read the full article here.

Professor Spence's Op-Ed in the East Bay Times

On July 11th, 2017, David Spence's op-ed titled "What does ‘100 percent renewable’ really mean?" was published in the East Bay Times.  Read the full article here.

Professor Spence's Op-Ed in the American Statesman

On June 24, 2017, David Spence published an op-ed entitled "How politics — again — stand in the way of energy solutions" in the American Statesman.  Read the full article here.

Professor David Spence quoted in an NPR article on exporting Texas’ wind and solar power

On May 17th, Professor David Spence was quoted in an article on NPR titled "Could a Push to Export Texas' Renewable Energy Be Getting a Second Wind."  Read the full article here.

Professor Werner's op-ed published by Fortune

On May 2, 2017, an op-ed written by Professor Werner was published by Fortune.  You can read the full story here.

Professor Prentice's Op-Ed in Fortune Magazine

On April 20, 2017, Robert Prentice published an op-ed in Fortune magazine, entitled "The United Debacle Shows What Business Schools Are Missing.  You can read the full article here.

Business & Family Leave Conference

On April 5, BGS helped sponsor a student-driven conference on Business & Family Leave, featuring Wendy Davis (former gubernatorial candidate, and now with Deeds Not Words), Mary Chauvin (founder and CEO of Penny Parental), and Laura Guenther (Director, McCombs Center for Leadership & Ethics).  The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Audrey Sorrells of UT’s Office of the Dean of Students.  The event was conceived by student Anna Hiran, who was assisted by Cameron Powell, Sean Sellers, and the Texas Society for Policy & Enterprise and underwritten by the Bates Family Foundation.

Professor Spence's Op-Ed in 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.