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Behavioral ethics and compliance: what the board of directors should ask

[This essay was originally posted on the Conflict of Interest Blog.] In “Behavioral Ethics: Can It Help Lawyers (and Others) Be Their Best Selves?” – a preliminary draft of a paper which has been accepted for publication by the Notre…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 4/14/14-4/27/14

Today we have a roundup of articles from the past two weeks: Making Use of Non-Financial Disclosures, in The Wall Street Journal A recent survey found that 9 out of 10 investment professionals said non-financial disclosures (e.g.,…
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#EthSys Insights 2: Marc Hodak

#EthSys Insights is a video series where we have experts answer questions about ethical systems design. For our second installment, we turn to Corporate Governance contributor Marc Hodak, adjunct professor at NYU-Stern. Marc answered the…
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(Dis)honesty – The Truth About Lies

The film’s director, Yael Melamede, and Dan Ariely, ready for the lies Yesterday, EthicalSystems.org collaborator Dan Ariely, came to New York to participate in the 11th annual Games for Change Festival. In addition to speaking at…
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Raising a Moral Company

Ethical Systems contributor Adam Grant wrote in the New York Times last week about how to raise a moral child. Drawing insights from several psychological studies, he came away with three primary suggestions: Praise good character,…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 4/7/14-4/13/14

The Morning Risk Report: What is Corruption? in The Wall Street Journal In his ruling in a major Supreme Court decision issued two weeks ago, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the only form of corruption under the law is outright…
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Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 3/31/14-4/6/14

The Morning Risk Report: Investment Experts Can’t Spot Liars, And Worse, Think They Can, in The Wall Street Journal A recent study on lies in the financial industry found that although investment professionals "are just a little better…
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Dishonesty Debate with Dan Ariely, Paul Bloom, and Peter Singer

Last night’s Cross-Coursera Dishonesty Debate brought together moral philosopher Peter Singer of Princeton, behavioral psychologist Paul Bloom of Yale, and our EthicalSystems.org behavioral economist Dan Ariely of Duke, to engaged in a debate…
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Risk Assessment – By the Book

[This essay was originally posted on Corporate Compliance Insights.] Nothing is more important to developing and maintaining an effective C&E program than risk assessment, and effective risk assessment is, as a general matter, perhaps…
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Distance, Dehumanization, and Ethical Disengagement

Being mindful of the variety of ways we humans misunderstand each other is instrumental in promoting ethical systems. Salon.com recently featured an article titled The Psychology of Hate: How We Deny Human Beings Their Humanity from Ethical…