Far to go: New research examines ethical behavior on Wall Street

Carol Elliott

Ann E. Tenbrunsel has made a career out of studying a concept called “ethical fading” – or simply put, why good people do bad things.

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Tenbrunsel, the David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, co-authored a book in 2011, “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It,” examining the topic. The researchers studied real-life examples of profound ethical failures, such as Enron, sales of the defective Ford Pinto, the downfall of Bernard Madoff and the Challenger space shuttle disaster. They found a common theme: Individuals like to believe they will stand up for what’s right, but they all too often overestimate their ability to do so, and end up acting in unethical ways without having the intention.…

Launch of a New Institute

Carol Elliott

The Mendoza College of Business new institute, the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing, will greatly advance investment-management research and educational outreach on a worldwide scale.

In five trades: Start with chopsticks, end up in Martha’s Vineyard?

Carol Elliott

The students in Rev. Eric Zimmer’s Executive MBA Negotiation class were given a simple assignment: Start with a pair of cheap ornamental chopsticks, and see what you can get for them in five trades.

Zimmer, S.J., an associate adjunct professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, organized the students into teams and made the exercise a competition. So how did they do? Here’s a short list of what they traded up for:…

20 laps, 30 miles, one well, many lives

Carol Elliott

At 6 a.m. on May 3, Michael Meyer will start off on a 30-mile trek that will take him around the University of Notre Dame campus 20 times. The reason for the Notre Dame accountancy teacher's trek is part of a story that goes back four years and thousands of miles to a small, very poor country in equatorial Africa, Burkina Faso.

Mendoza teams place 1st and 2nd in case competition

Carol Elliott

Two teams of University of Notre Dame MBA students received first- and second-place prizes during the Arthur W. Page Society 2015 Case Study Competition. The Society, which announced the awards April 2, sponsors the annual competition in alliance with the Institute for Public Relations for the writing of original case studies by students pursuing a degree focused on corporate communications and public relations.…