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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 Richter Quoted in the Washington Post

On June 3rd 2016, Professor Richter was quoted in an article on titled "Why we don’t see more CEOs endorse presidential candidates."  You can read the full article here.

Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law

David Spence was named the Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law at McCombs.

Professor Prentice Presents at the AACSB Conference

On May 9, Robert Prentice talked about "Ethics for the 21st Century" in Indianapolis at the AACSB's "Redesigning the MBA" Conference.

McCombs Society for Policy & Enterprise

The McCombs Office of Student Life has approved the creation of a new student organization called the McCombs Society for Policy and Enterprise that will engage students with the same issues that the BGS Department was formed to research and teach.

Professor Spence Quoted in the Daily Texan

On 04/21/16, Professor Spence was quoted in an article entitled "Poll Finds Millennials More Concerned About Energy and the Environment" in the Daily Texan.

Guest Speaker Professor Richard Hall

With the generous support of the Bates Family Foundation, the BGS Department brought in Professor Richard Hall of the University of Michigan on April 22 to give a talk entitled "Issue Advertising and Legislative Voting on the Affordable Care Act."

Professor Spence Quoted in KUT News Broadcast

On 04/16/16, Professor Spence was quoted in a news broadcast titled "Texas Power Players Sit Out Political Opposition To Clean Power Plan" on the Weekend Edition Saturday of KUT News. You can listen to the broadcast or read the transcript here.

Professor Landolt To Receive 2016 Tower Award

Karen Landolt was named UT's "Outstanding Community-Based Learning Professor” and will receive a 2016 LCCE Tower Award.

Professor Prentice Presents At The Kelley School of Business

On April 22, Robert Prentice made a behavioral ethics presentation using Ethics Unwrapped videos at the Kelley School of  Business, University of Indiana.

Op-Ed by Professor Spence in Huffpost Politics

On 04/14/16, an op-ed by Professor Spence was posted on the Huffington Post website.  You can read the full article here.