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Protections, Not Money, Can Boost Internal Corporate Whistleblowing

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Research finds that strong, reliable anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, but that offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior – or at least not right away.

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Consideration of Costs Can Reduce Moral Objections to Human Organ Sales and Other ‘Repugnant’ Transactions, Says Johns Hopkins Researcher

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A new study by a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School researcher shows that people might abandon their moral objections to organ selling – and to other transactions in repugnant markets ─ when presented with information about the potential advantages of such sales.

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Women Make More Ethical Decisions, Study Finds

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Unfortunately, there are still those in business who see having a female CFO as a “token.” But a new research study finds that not only does having a female CFO lead a company to more ethical tax decisions, but having female board members is also beneficial—and necessary—for ethical financial decision making. The study examined the associations between CFO gender, board gender diversity and corporate tax evasion through 20 years of data spanning 1991-2011. They found that women CFOs in the study were indeed less likely to evade taxes than their male counterparts, and they also confirmed that having a “critical mass” of women making up at least 30 percent of the board lets a company reap the benefits of gender diversity.

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Complexity, Opacity of Mortgage-Backed Securities Affected #S&P's Ratings, Pamplin Professor Says

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Keep Your Enemies Close? Study Finds Greater Proximity to Opponents Leads to More Polarization

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Encouraging adversaries to have more interpersonal contact to find common ground may work on occasion, but not necessarily in the U.S. Senate, according to new research.

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Is Cheating on the Field Worse Than Cheating on a Spouse? Some Fans Think So

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Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike drop Lance Armstrong but stay loyal to Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong's doping scandal took place on the field, unlike Wood's off-the-field extramarital affairs, according to new studies.

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Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries,’ According to Researchers

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An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.” Civilization has crossed four of nine so-called planetary boundaries as the result of human activity, according to a report published today in Science by the 18-member research team.

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Fans Reluctant to Treat College Athletes as Paid Professionals

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While many Americans are open to compensating college athletes in some form, more Americans prefer to see colleges continue to treat athletes as amateurs who compete primarily for love of the sport and educational opportunities, not for pay. That’s according to a new national survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute

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Entrepreneurs to Venture Capitalists: Don’t Be a Scrooge

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A recently published study of more than 550 decisions and responses from 144 experienced entrepreneurs reveals that “knowledge of explicit ethical or unethical behavior (by venture capitalists) profoundly shapes the entrepreneurs’ willingness to partner.”

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Researcher Finds Tribal Wisdom, Business Ethics More Related Than They Seem

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A College of Business researcher is studying how Native American tribal values can be applied in today's business world.