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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…
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How the government created the legal ecosystem for the financial crisis

Many Americans are angry that hardly any executives have gone to jail for fraud or other actions that caused the global financial crisis. In an essay in the New York Review of Books, judge Jed Rakoff gives his analysis of why federal prosecutors…
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The Promise of Ethical Systems for C&E Professionals

Jeffrey Kaplan (resident expert in law and compliance) has a new post on Conflict of Interest Blog about the potential for Ethical Systems to improve corporate compliance: "my hope is that through the Eth Sys platform social science researchers…
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What an ethical culture is and isn’t

There was an interesting exchange at ECOA Connects blog last week, about what are the key components of an ethical culture. (ECOA is the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.) The authors were two men with a great deal of experience working…
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Ameliorating Conflicts of Interest and Corruption in Auditing

Image: Chester Higgins, via Wikimedia Commons. Negative externalities such as pollution can be controlled, but only if all stakeholders are working together instead of at cross purposes. Auditors are usually hired and paid by the firms…
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Finance Tackling Ethical Conduct, But Issues Remain

  Image: The Economist Insights An Economist Intelligence Unit report sponsored by CFA Institute "examines the role of integrity and knowledge in restoring culture in the financial services industry and in building a more resilient…
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High-Status, Successful Employees More Likely to Use Deception

A working paper at Harvard Business School reports that successful, higher-status employees are more likely to react to unfavorable comparisons with peers by engaging in deception designed to make the comparisons less unfavorable. The authors…