About Us

Business is at a crossroads with regard to its roles and responsibilities. Corporations are called upon not only to do well, but also to do good in an increasingly complex legal and social environment. The mission of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC) is to generate new ideas and information at the intersection of theory, policy, and practice that will serve as a resource for business leaders, policymakers, and practitioners. The center embraces a unique interdisciplinary approach to the legal and ethical challenges of modern business operations by integrating and extending research in the fields of business ethics, regulation, and criminology. C-BERC's scholarly work embraces multiple diverse perspectives and methods of analysis. Through its graduate certificate, professionals and students will gain training in law, evidence, and auditing.

Research Domains

  • Measuring the Extent and Pervasiveness of Business-related Crime
  • Costs of Business Crime
  • Evaluation of Regulatory Policy
  • Accounting Ethics

About the Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

About the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS)

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS) is home to 10 diverse, interdisciplinary departments and programs, all committed to investigating and improving the human condition. Our faculty, students and alumni explore and inform the full range of fields in the behavioral and social sciences. While pursuing dramatically different projects and areas of research, each individual in BSOS seeks to Be the Solution to the world's great challenges. As the largest college at the University of Maryland College Park, BSOS is home to many globally renowned degree and certificate programs for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students – including the nation's #1 program in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The UNCAC Coalition has posted a hiring notice for a paid internship of up to 6 months at its Vienna office. This notice may be of interest to almost- or recently-graduated UMD students with an interest in anti-corruption, government transparency, and good governance.

Applicants should note that the closing date for this posting is this Friday, April 30, 2021, and that the successful applicant will need to obtain a valid work permit for Austria that allows him or her to work 30 or more hours a week. Other requirements for the application are contained in the notice.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Class of 2021
FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work. Learn more.

Call for Paper Proposals
In 2021, Regulation & Governance will publish its fifteenth issue. In that time period, the journal has become the leading interdisciplinary voice showcasing work on a broad range of regulatory and governance topics. To mark this achievement and to chart a path forward, Regulation & Governance will publish a special issue of scholarship reflecting on the past, present, and future of regulation and governance scholarship.

July 2019 — Professor Sally Simpson awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor. Read more.

Leigh Anenson and Sally Simpson are Honorees at the Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration

February 2019 — Professor of Business Law T. Leigh Anenson and C-BERC Director and CCJS Professor Sally Simpson have been nominated to be recognized at the Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Celebration on February 28, 2019.

The Division of Research is honoring faculty who have demonstrably elevated the visibility and reputation of the University of Maryland Research Enterprise through meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Research finding that is both highly-cited and transformative to their field
  • Research achievement with demonstrable societal impact, such as change in policy, major
  • External press coverage
  • Recognition by national or international group
  • Published in a renowned scholarly journal or publication in their field
  • Selection for award for a funding competition with limited submissions
  • Selection for a Division of Research Tier 1/New Directions award
  • Recipient of significant external research funding from a federal funding agency, foundation, corporation, non-profit, national laboratory, medical center, or other entity

August 2018 — Gideon Mark was elected managing editor of the American Business Law Journal, published quarterly.

Peter Reuter, a professor of criminology and public policy, was awarded the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, for his breakthroughs with Ruth Dreifuss of Switzerland, president of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, in evidence and policy development on drug abuse. He has spent decades examining the relationship between drug policy and crime. The award, the most prestigious in the field, comes with a prize of $1 million kroner (about $110,000).

Sally Simpson Speaking Engagements

Corporate Governance and Corporate Illegality: A Study of Board Structure and Design
Sally S. Simpson
Miranda A. Galvin
Cristina Layana
Hueun Lee
Debra Shapiro
Christine Beckman
Gerald S. Martin

Paper will be presented at the American Society of Criminology in Philadelphia, PA November 15-18.

Corporate Governance and Collusion: Does Board Diversity Matter?
Sally S. Simpson

To be presented at the International Symposium on Imperfect Forms of Collusion in Stellenbosch, South Africa. January 12-13.

C-BERC Director and CCJS Professor Sally Simpson has just been elected as the next President of The American Society of Criminology for 2019–20.

Simpson also will receive the 2018 American Society of Criminology's Edwin H. Sutherland Award or her outstanding contributions to theory and research in criminology on the etiology and control of corporate crime, and for her scholarship on the study of gender and crime.


Contact Us

Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC)
3338 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD  20742
Phone: 301-314-1237
Email: cberc@umd.edu

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