To the Point: Dispatches from the Ethical Frontier

What's the upshot?

While our Center is situated within a premier research university, we recognize that for the ideas scholars explore to have the greatest impact, findings need to go beyond academic journals. The write-ups in this section attempt to repackage research into short, actionable summaries. Of course, if one piques your interest and you'd like to learn more about the work behind it, do not hesitate to contact us.

Making Feedback Normal

Making Feedback Normal

“Can I give you a little feedback?” It’s something we all hear or say from time to time, and what follows is often accompanied by awkwardness and anxiety on one or both ends of the conversation. But what if we could release the tension and leverage feedback on a more regular basis?


The Triggers We Don't Notice

The Triggers We Don't Notice

Ethical decision-making isn’t always as rational as we often think it is. Here’s how subconscious priming can actually make people more ethical.


Bringing the Code to Life

Bringing the Code to Life

All companies need to have a code of conduct, but can most employees tell you what it says? At Georgia-Pacific, probably so. See how their innovative scenario-based training is changing the game.


Buying Integrity

Buying Integrity

Tim Judge's work on individual differences reveals that a few simple tests added into the selection process may be the most accurate (and cost-effective) way to ensure that your organization has ethical employees.


Increasing Your Odds

Increasing Your Odds

Across the spectrum, Ann Tenbrunsel says, we’re all prey to thinking we’re more ethical than we really are. The good news is that there are proactive steps businesses can take to avoid common pitfalls.


Do Corporate Values Make a Difference?

Do Corporate Values Make a Difference?

They’re everywhere, and they can help—but it’s not automatic. Ed Conlon looks into how to ensure mission and values statements make a real impact.


One More, with (Ethical) Feeling

Once More, with (Ethical) Feeling

Traditionally, teaching ethics involved reasoning through abstract cases. Chris Adkins argues that after all we’ve learned through neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics, it’s clear we can’t leave out emotion.


Refreshing Corporate Values: Big Blue's How-To

Refreshing Corporate Values: Big Blue's How-To

Reinforcing common values can be challenging across a huge company—but as the case of IBM shows, technology can make the process easier.


Coming Clean: Environmental Disclosures and the Bottom Line

Coming Clean: Environmental Disclosures and the Bottom Line

When it comes to carbon emissions, corporate instincts may be to keep levels quiet. But three accounting researchers find that disclosing may actually help a company’s financial performance.

 


Hiring for Guilt: How a Simple Test Might Help You Hire More Ethical Employees

Hiring for Guilt: How a Simple Test Might Help You Hire More Ethical Employees

Knowing that hiring ethical people means building a better organization, what predictors can savvy employers use to assess a potential employee’s ethical fiber?

 


It Ain't All Bad (Or at Least, It Shouldn't Be): Why Ethics Education Needs to Stay Positive

It Ain’t All Bad (Or at Least, It Shouldn’t Be): Why Ethics Education Needs to Stay Positive

When designing ethics curriculum, focusing on the examples of failed ethics could actually decrease ethical behavior of students and trainees.


Aim High: Insights on Developing Leaders from the Air Force Academy

Aim High: Insights on Developing Leaders from the Air Force Academy

Founded on interdisciplinary research and tested within the high-stakes environment of the United States Air Force, a conceptual framework used there could help take your organization to the next level.