COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland announces the launch of the new Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC), a joint effort of the university's Robert H. School of Business and Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
C-BERC is the first venture of its kind to formally link business with criminology in an academic environment. Through C-BERC, UMD seeks to scientifically confront, assess, evaluate and develop best practices at the intersections of business, ethics, regulation and crime.
"Recent headlines from major news sources highlight the critical need for C-BERC, from stories about insider trading to drug-marketing settlements to corporate compliance. Although there is a great deal of conjecture about why otherwise successful companies violate the law, as well as strong points of view about specific policies and strategies designed to prevent and control crime and victimization, there is far too little scientific investigation into these issues to answer these key questions," says C-BERC Director Dr. Sally Simpson. "The goal of C-BERC is to build a diverse scientific community of scholars and students, whose research and training will address these and other critical challenges confronting business."