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Compliance & ethics officers in the realm of bias

Bias and conflicts of interest are, of course, related to each other;  but they also differ, in that the former can be based purely on thoughts (or feelings or beliefs) whereas the latter generally requires something truly tangible, such as an economic or familial relationship. Prior postings on bias – […]

Specialty bias

A recurring theme in Doonesbury during the presidency of George W. Bush was that whatever the challenge he was faced with the President would respond by cutting taxes for the wealthy. The reason was not nefarious, according to the comic strip. Cutting taxes was simply what he knew best how […]

How does your compliance and ethics program deal with “conformity bias”?

In his blog on the Ethics Unwrapped website published by the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business,  Prof. Robert Prentice reviews some important recent research on the behavioralist phenomenon of “conformity bias” – “the tendency of people to take their cues as to the proper way to think and […]

Cognitive Bias and the Need for “Behavioral Ethics and Compliance”

The Conflict of Interest Blog is focused not only on traditional COIs but also on what can be called “Conflicts’ Cousins” – other phenomena that, like COIs, can subvert sound ethical (and sometimes legal) decision making.  One of these – “moral hazard” – has been the subject of several posts to […]

Lawyers as compliance officers: a behavioral ethics perspective

What role do corporate lawyers play in preventing wrongdoing by executives in their client organizations? And how is this role impacted by behavioral ethics? In “Behavioral Legal Ethics Lessons for Corporate Counsel,” to be published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review, Paula Schaefer of the University of Tennessee College of […]

Ethics made easy

We justly praise those who show true ethical heroism.  But to protect business organizations  and society generally from legal and ethical breaches we need to aim our efforts more broadly. In “How to Design an Ethical Organization” in the May-June 2019 issue of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Epley, John […]

Point-of-risk compliance

Here is my latest column from C&E Professional – on  “point-of-risk compliance.” I hope you find it useful.

Behavioral ethics program assessments

Rebecca Walker and I have an article in the Spring 2019 issue of Ethical Boardroom on behavioral ethics program assessments. We hope you find it interesting.

Being a parent as a source of ethics risk

In 1973, in speaking to colleagues on the  Cook County Democratic Committee, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago defended his having directed a million dollars of insurance business to an agency on behalf of his son John with the immortal words: “If I can’t help my sons, then [my critics] can kiss […]

Behavioral ethics and compliance assessments

New from the Compliance Program Assessment Blog. Rebecca Walker and I hope you find it interesting.