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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

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.

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.

Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference

On May 16, 2016, Cara Biasucci, Program Director for Ethics Unwrapped, presented "Ethics in the Digital Age: Innovating Ethics Education in the Liberal Arts" at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference in Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Second Meeting of the Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council

On April 4, 2016, the second meeting of the Ethics at McCombs Advisory Council was held in the Legacy Events Room. Council members heard from Cara Biasucci, Program Director of Ethics Unwrapped, and sat in on an ethics course taught by Professor Karen Landolt. The Ethics Advisory Council supports Ethics Unwrapped and other BGS ethics initiatives.

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."