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Engaged Academics at Ethical Systems

Image via Wikimedia Commons. Academic research necessarily focuses on the outer rings. Our goal is to condense much of that into the middle. "Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors,…
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Too close to the line: a convergence of culture, law and behavioral ethics

[This essay was originally posted at The Conflict of Interest Blog.] Image via Wikimedia Commons. To “walk the line” means something very different to those who prosecute business crime cases than it did to Johnny Cash. For instance,…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 2/10-2/16

The Morning Risk Report: One Way to Win Board Ballots–Ban Opponents, in The Wall Street Journal Activist investors and shareholder advisors are opposing new bylaws that prevent dissident director candidates from standing for election. These…
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Are you keeping track of your compliance costs?

[This essay was originally posted at The Conflict of Interest Blog.] A recent post reviewed some new and important research showing a positive correlation between companies having a culture of integrity and being profitable. Since then,…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 2/3-2/9

Survey: Workplace Misconduct at Historic Low, from the Ethics Resource Center In case you missed our previous blog post, the 2013 National Business Ethics Survey came out last week, with fairly encouraging results. Sampling over 6,400…
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Good News: Workplace Misconduct is Declining Steadily

On February 4 the Ethics Resource Center released the latest National Business Ethics Survey (NBES). Sampling over 6,400 workers across the country, the report found that 41% of those surveyed said they have observed misconduct on the job,…
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Research on the Giving Voice to Values curriculum

I have been corresponding with Mary Gentile, the creator of the widely used Giving Voice to Values curriculum. I asked her: “Is there any research showing behavioral effects of the curriculum? I know that this is extremely difficult to show,…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 1/27-2/2

Press Release: ECOA to Offer Unique Global Law Distance-Learning Course Tailored for E&C Practitioners The Ethics & Compliance Officer Association will offer a first-of-its-kind online professional development course serving…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 1/20-1/26

The Value of Corporate Culture, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation The authors discuss their recent NBER working paper, in which they find that "high levels of perceived integrity are positively…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 1/13-1/19

For the Love of Money, in The New York Times A former hedge fund trader shares his personal experience of how the "wealth addiction" that afflicts much of Wall Street creates "a toxic culture that encourages the grandiosity of people…