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G. Richard Shell

Thomas Gerrity Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management

Chairperson, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department

Research Interests: negotiation, power and influence in organizations, the psychology of success, commercial arbitration, contracts, legal and political aspects of competitive strategy

Links: CV, Personal Website

Teach courses for undergraduates and MBA students on the Literature of Success, Negotiations and Conflict Management, and Responsibility in Business.


  • LGST612 - Responsibility in Business

    This course introduces students to important ethical and legal challenges they will face as leaders in business. The course materials will be useful to students preparing for managerial positions that are likely to place them in advisory and/or agency roles owing duties to employers, clients, suppliers, and customers. Although coverage will vary depending on instructor, the focus of the course will be on developing skills in ethical and legal analyses that can assist managers as they make both individual-level and firm-level decisions about the responsible courses of action when duties, loyalties, rules, norms, and interests are in conflict. For example, the rules of insider trading may form the basis for lessons in some sections.

    Group assignments, role-plays, and case studies may, at the instructor's discretion, be used to help illustrate the basic theoretical frameworks. Course materials will highlight industry codes and professional norms, as well as the importance of personal and/or religious values.

    Format: class participation, quiz, group report, and final paper or exam. Materials: coursepack. Prerequisites: none.

    LGST612001  ( Syllabus