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CCBE Activities

Business Ethics Speaker Series:

The CCBE hosted a talk by Rob Chestnut, General Counsel, Airbnb, and Author, on his book "Intentional Integrity How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution--and Why That's Good for All of Us"(by Rob Chesnut for St. Martin’s Press, July 28, 2020).

The CCBE hosted a talk by Mark Jaccard, Professor of Sustainable Energy at Simon Fraser University, on his new book "The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress" (Cambridge University Press, Feb. 6, 2020).

The CCBE hosted a talk by Susan Liautaud, Founder and Managing Director, Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, and Lecturer, Stanford University, on her new book "The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World" (Simon & Schuster, January 5, 2021). 

Morality Lab:

Co-organized by Professors Matthew Feinberg and Stéphane Côté, the Morality Lab is a weekly meeting where researchers present studies on ethics in social and organizational settings. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students present and receive feedback on new research ideas, research in development, preliminary results, and/or completed research projects. Scholars come from various disciplines, including organizational behavior, marketing, finance, psychology, and sociology. To be added to the email list, please contact Centre Director Stéphane Côté at

Winter 2021 sessions

Ying Zeng: Hiding in incommensurability: People prefer to compete with dissimilar others when they are not likely to win
Cecilia Ma and Spike Lee: Pain sensitivity tracks moral intuitions and political attitudes, especially across the aisle
Jason Plaks: Anger and sadness as moral signals: Actor and observer effects

Fall 2020 sessions

Ioana Sendroiu: Moral markets in crisis? Businesspeople navigating between profit and public health during COVID-19
Stéphane Côté and Yan Vieites: Social class and cooperation
Dylan Wiwad: A typology of distributive social justice: A New theoretical approach for understanding intergroup motivations
Greg Depow: Prosocial Apathy: Avoidance of cognitive effort when working for individuals and charities
Evan Westra: Virtue signaling and the dynamics of social norms
Joyce He: Lean in or don’t lean out? Opt-out framing attenuates gender differences in competition
Yoel Inbar: Vicarious affect and praise for good deeds
Siyin Chen: Art and Sacredness
Victória Oldemburgo de Mello: Social media use and political polarization
Aidan Campbell: Effort and meaning in life
Chloe Kovacheff: Contributing more: Corporate social responsibility programs, morality and employee pay requirements

Research Roundtable:

In the winter of 2021, the Clarkson Centre will host a research roundtable on ethics in business. The roundtable will approach questions relating to morality and ethics from an interdisciplinary perspective, featuring speakers from organizational behavior, marketing, strategic management, and psychology. 

PhD Student Research Awards:

The Clarkson Centre funds research projects on ethics in business led by Rotman PhD students. The projects funded by the centre during the 2020-21 academic year are: 

Solomiya Draga: Trauma Tradeoffs: Moral Decision-Making and Trade-Offs between Employee and Client Well-Being in the Social Service Sector
Leandro Pongeluppe: There Is No Plan(et) B: Evidence from Natura’s Impact on Amazon Rainforest Conservation
Eyub Yegen: Social-Welfare Implications of Privatizing Prisons and the Role of Asset Managers