Cheating May Cause Boost in Happiness

Citing a 2013 study by several ethics researchers, including EthSys contributor Francesca Gino, The New York Times reports that people experience an elevated mood after cheating, as long as they do not believe anyone was harmed…

Trust Within and Between Groups with Different Missions

A manuscript currently in press from the University of Zurich reports that subjects who strongly identify themselves with a non-profit mission are more trustworthy in a minimal group setting (i.e., when grouped by artistic preference for…

Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 9/30-10/6

SEC Gives Whistleblower More Than $14 Million In Record Award​, in The Wall Street Journal The SEC said it awarded more than $14 million to a whistleblower who gave the agency information that led to an enforcement action “that recovered…

Risk Management and Ethical Systems Design

Recently the Wall Street Journal featured a conversation with Henry Ristuccia, a partner at Deloitte and global leader for Governance, Risk and Compliance Services, speaking on the subject of reputational risk management. The key takeaway: reputation…

Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 9/23-9/29

This week we turn our focus to stories about corruption. To learn more about research in this area and related fields, see our pages on Corruption and Cheating. Corruption Risk Index Reveals Long-Term Lack of Will to Tackle Corruption…

Cultural Alignment and Compliance

Mary Schapiro, former SEC Chairman from January 2009 until December 2012, remembers "a time when enforcement fines were the cost of doing business." But in August 2013, WSJ financial editor Francesco Guerrera wrote of a change in the regulatory…

Blind Spots Review by Jeff Kaplan

Although we plan to add a full-length book summary in the near future, lawyer and ethical systems researcher Jeff Kaplan has already written a review of Blind Spots (homepage, amazon, B&N, public library), by Max Bazerman…

Week That Was in Ethical Systems, 9/16-9/22

Cheating and Culture: “Students Accused of Cheating Return Awkwardly to a Changed Harvard” in the New York Times Ethical breaches send ripples through all organizations. A year after dozens of students were caught cheating, students and…

The Ethics of Pay for Performance

The Trouble with Wall Street, by Michael Lewis. The New Republic, February 4, 2013. Earlier this year, Michael Lewis addressed how firms on Wall Street in general, and Goldman Sachs in particular, have fostered a culture that systematically…

Ethics Classes Don’t Need to Make Students More Ethical To Be Worthwhile

Business Ethics is often criticized on the grounds that its inclusion in the business education curriculum has not improved the ethical performance of business. This critique is grounded in two false assumptions: (1) individual and institutional…