Will walk for water

Carol Elliott

Mendoza accountancy teacher Mike Meyer trekked 30 miles around the Notre Dame campus to raise funds to build wells in tiny African village.

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.


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.…