Moral imagination is our ability to think outside the box and envision ways to be both ethical and successful.

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When we do something good we get to thinking of ourselves as pretty good people, and can then give ourselves license to fail to live up to our own ethical standards. This phenomenon is known as moral equilibrium.

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Framing describes how our responses to situations, including our ethical judgments, are impacted just by how those situations are posed or viewed.

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BY JEREMY WILLINGER Introducing Head to Head: A conversation on behavioral science and ethics, a new eBook created for anyone interested in improving the effectiveness of compliance and ethics (C&E) programs in organizations. About: Head to Head is structured as a series of dialogs between ES collaborator Jeff Kaplan and our CEO Azish Filabi on various facets of compliance and ethics work. By…

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An Ethical Systems Highlighted Syllabus BY ETHICAL SYSTEMS Download syllabus for Designing a Good Life, taught at University of Chicago Booth’s School of Business in 2015 by Nick Epley.  Download

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BY JESSICA GUO The third of three Company Snapshots, these research-based pieces by guest author Jessica Guo look at aspects of successful companies that can be examined for strategy and information of benefit to both active businesses and the academics that study them. See our first company snapshot examining culture and values at Costco and our second company snapshot looking at how values…

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An Ethical Systems Book Review BY DAVID NEWMAN Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good Peopleby Lynn Stout (public library)Summarized by David Newman Overview Conscience, or unselfish prosocial behavior, is a real and powerful force. A growing body of empirical evidence shows how conscience both shapes our lives and is shaped by our society. Yet for decades, scholarly…

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An Ethical Systems Book Review BY DAVID NEWMAN The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evilby Philip ZimbardoRandom House Publishing Group, 1st Ed. Reprint (2008) (public library)Summarized by Joshua Elle Overview In a compelling story of his own life’s journey, Phil Zimbardo juxtaposes his famous Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) and the equally famous Milgram experiment on obedience to authority…

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Ayin Jambulingam, a culture and leadership consultant based in Malaysia, explores the historical, political and cultural factors driving the Covid-19 response across Asia. We explore how political leadership and structures have affected the trajectory of the virus, whether lessons from Sars have helped drive a more robust response, and the strengths and weaknesses of collectivist…

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In this conversation, Danielle Allen talks with TED head Chris Anderson about how to deal with both the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting global economic crisis.

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