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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 Delivers Keynote at the Martz Symposium on Environmental Law

On March 21st David Spence, Professor of Law and regulation at the McCombs School and the School of Law, delivered the keynote address at the annual Martz Symposium on Environmental Law at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  The title of the address was "Reasons for Cautious Optimism on Climate Change."

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.

Professor Werner Quoted in LA Times & New York Daily News

Timothy Werner was quoted in both Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News stories examining business’ relationships with the NRA on February 25, 2018.

Climate Law Blog by Professor Spence

The Columbia U Sabin Center on climate change just posted an opinion piece by Professor Spence on peer-to-peer trading of energy.  You can read the full article here.

Professor Spence Quoted in the Washington Post

Professor Spence was briefly quoted in the Energy 202 column in the Washington Post a while back about environmental litigation against the Pruitt EPA here.

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.