Trust

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Ethics and trust are inextricably linked. We are interested in ethics in large part because we are concerned, even obsessed, with the question of who we can trust is a world where there is risk and uncertainty. In our relationships, we humans…

Internal Reporting

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Internal Reporting refers to any time that a member of an organization (or a former member) tells someone else about an illegal or immoral practice, if the telling is done in the hope that someone will do something to change the practice.…
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Ethics Pays

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent, a late 12th-century icon at Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai. Is good ethics really good for business? Crime and sleazy behavior sometimes pay off handsomely. People wouldn’t do such…

Negotiation

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INTRODUCTION Carl Seiler, Signing the Preliminary Treaty of Peace at Paris, via Wikimedia Commons. Negotiation is commonly defined as a decision-making process by which two or more people or groups agree on how to allocate scarce resources.…

Law

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INTRODUCTION Image: William Hogarth, "The Bench," via Wikipedia. Most of our research pages focus on the behavior of individuals, and the ways that individuals interact within companies. But the companies themselves are embedded in a network…

Conflicts of Interest

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INTRODUCTION  Image: Giotto di Bondone, "Kiss of Judas," via Wikimedia Commons Bribery, kickbacks, and other clear-cut forms of corruption are serious problems for genuine bad apples; however, much of the problem with conflicts of interest…

Decision Making

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The portrait, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, took on the burden of Gray’s unethical decisions,while the man himself retained his youth and beauty. It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows…

Teaching Ethics

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Image: Raphael's "School of Athens," via Wikimedia Commons INTRODUCTION After each major business scandal, a chorus of voices calls for business schools to work harder to instill ethics into their students. But what exactly should they do? On…
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Personality & Personnel

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Are honesty and ethicality stable personality traits? Can you hire people who are more likely to be honest and ethical, and avoid those who are not? Psychologists have identified a series of characteristics that predict patterns of unethical…
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Leadership

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​ Image: Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito, via Wikimedia Commons. Machiavelli told political leaders that it was more important for them to be feared than loved. In lawless times with weak institutions, he may have been right. But…