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What’s up With White Collar Crime?

We started reading Jennifer Taub’s book on white collar crime–Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime–on the December 2020 day that President Trump announced pardons for Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Charles Kushner and 26 other mostly white collar criminals. Coincidentally, Taub begins her book noting that: Just after Valentine’s […]

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Coding Honor into Virtual Classrooms

It’s that time of year when here at UT (and at colleges all across the country), we are concerned about academic dishonesty in a time of online (or mostly online) education. All teachers fear that despite their own best efforts and the utilization of some technological surveillance devices, it is virtually impossible to prevent cheating […]

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A Better Game Plan for Student Athletes

The University of Texas at Austin announced the creation of a Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation this year. Part of the Center’s mission, as currently envisioned, is to teach high school athletics coaches how to deal with various behavioral and other off-field matters involving their student athletes. Helping coaches “develop their students as people,” […]

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Deciding to Dope

Recently three things came across my desk nearly simultaneously. One was a report that Lance Armstrong had told a BBC interviewer: “If you take me back to 1995, when [doping] was completely and totally pervasive, I’d probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that.” (Rapp, 2015) Second, was a report that two MMA […]

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Ethics in the Field

Many of our Ethics Unwrapped videos present ideas produced by the new research field of behavioral ethics, which studies why people make the ethical (and unethical) decisions that they do. Much of the research comes from behavioral psychology and the “heuristics and biases” research stream created by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and his late […]

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Why Good Teachers Do Bad Things

Rachel Aviv’s article “Wrong Answer” in a recent New Yorker issue presents a textbook case of why good people do bad things.  The article tells the story of the recent cheating scandal in the Atlanta School District, which was one of the worst of a string of school cheating scandals across the U.S.  Forty-four of […]

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A Brief Guide to Behavioral Legal Ethics

Guest blogger Tigran Eldred is an Associate Professor of Law at the New England School of Law in Boston.  He has a distinguished background as a public defender and civil rights lawyer before he joined academia.  However, our particular interest in his contribution relates to his interest in behavioral ethics as it applies to the […]

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Helping Your Employees Be Their Best Selves

There is no single correct way to teach business ethics.  A common approach combines philosophy and character development.  Teachers impart philosophical concepts for resolving difficult ethical issues and encourage students to develop and hone strength of character to give them the means to actually implement the solutions that develop. Any regular reader of this blog […]

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Miopía moral

La miopía moral es una distorsión de la visión moral que previene que los problemas éticos sean claros y distinguibles.

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Mutismo moral

El mutismo moral ocurre cuando nos comunicamos de manera que obstruye nuestras creencias morales, o simplemente no damos voz a nuestros sentimientos morales de ninguna manera.

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Obediencia a la autoridad

La obediencia a la autoridad describe nuestra tendencia a querer complacer a las figuras de autoridad. Ponemos demasiado énfasis en esa meta y, consciente o inconscientemente, subordinamos el gol de actuar éticamente.

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Comportamiento Ético Limitado

El comportamiento ético limitado explica como las presiones sociales y organizacionales y nuestros propios procesos psicológicos causan que tomemos parte en acciones éticamente cuestionables las cuales son inconsistentes con nuestros propios valores y preferencias.

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Conflicto de interés

Un conflicto de interés ocurre cuando tenemos incentivos y responsabilidades en nuestras vidas personales y profesionales que están en conflicto y pueden causar daño a los demás y a la sociedad.

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Sesgo del conformismo

El sesgo del conformismo se refiere a nuestra tendencia a usar las acciones de otros como guía para el comportamiento apropiado en lugar de ejercitar nuestro propio juicio independiente.

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La moral según el rol

La moral según el rol se refiere a la tendencia de usar estándares morales distintos dependiendo de los diferentes papeles que jugamos en la sociedad.

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My Group Versus Your Group

It seems obvious that people should judge the ethicality of others’ actions in an objective and fair way.  What is not so obvious is how difficult it often is to do that.  One reason why it is difficult to make such objective judgments is our tendency to sort ourselves and others into groups and to […]

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