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The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics is the umbrella for all activities and research on leadership, ethics and governance at Columbia Business School. Engaging students, faculty members, and the external community in collaborative efforts, the Bernstein Center seeks to integrate ethics into the core classes taught to all MBA and Executive MBA students at Columbia. Through funding research and developing new teaching materials, the Bernstein Center provides faculty members and students with frameworks and tools to think critically about ethical and governance conflicts so that they will be better prepared for their future careers.
The Bernstein Center supports faculty-research projects on such topics as socially responsible investing, the role of private equity and sovereign wealth funds, corruption and bribery in developed and developing countries, governance of and by financial institutions, and the global evolution of boardrooms to encompass more women and diversity.
Research Insights on Leadership and Ethics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
"Banks in India...the accounts are not well used...This may be because they have to walk the 3km to the bank; or it may be due to other obstacles, such as procrastination.”
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Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business
"The industry has developed general principles on which portfolio risk should be decomposed but actually determining the risk contributions can be difficult in complex portfolios.”
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Senior Vice Dean and Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"Those in a homogeneous group put much less effort into the task at hand in part because they were more interested in avoiding conflict. Diverse environments allowed people to focus on the task instead of their social relationship."
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Professor of Finance
“What makes countries rich is how productively they use their resources…Once a (more productive) technology is introduced, do people use it? Why aren’t people using the most improved technologies to begin with?”