Center for Integrity in Business and Government (CIBG)
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Situational integrity is the acceptance of double standards of ethical behavior for a person who can be perfectly caring and loyal in the personal sphere, but then cheats and bribes in the organization where he works.
The Center for Integrity in Business and Government (CIBG) was established in 2011 to serve as a regional center of excellence in integrity education, bringing new research and teaching tools to a growing but vastly under-studied field. The Center's primary activities focus on the development of innovative curriculum for MBA and executive students, offering practical insights and hands-on learning to develop the skills and tools required to operate with integrity, particularly in transitioning and emerging markets. Working in close cooperation with business executives and integrity educators, CIBG establishes partnerships to stimulate knowledge-sharing with international business networks, leading universities, business schools, and major international NGOs.
CIBG received high level support from Siemens AG in the first round of its integrity education initiative. This $3 million, five-year grant helped establish the Center.
The Center's main objectives are:
- Increase the quality, impact and sustainability of integrity education
- Develop an Integrity Curriculum Framework (ICF), a series of learning outcomes, and guidelines for local curriculum development
- Institutionalize integrity education in graduate and executive education programs at the CEU Business School and CEU School of Public Policy and International Relations
- Engage graduate students and junior, mid-level and senior business executives and public sector practitioners in promoting integrity
- Improve the reach and institutionalization of integrity education in undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs by creating a network of universities
- Targeted countries: the region of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union
- Build the capacity of professional training institutions
CIBG devoted its first five years to developing deep expertise on business and public sector integrity needs and challenges impacting Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the former Soviet Union (fSU). Much of this has relevance for broader geographic contexts, and our project partner, Integrity Action, adapts CIBG curricula to various cultural and educational frameworks.
CIBG has developed a special executive training as a feature that has built access to a very wide range of business executives worldwide. Those who are exposed to this curriculum gain an understanding what builds and protects integrity, but also became aware of the convoluted threats that can destroy it.
Our teaching and research will continue to expand over the next five years, extending first in Russia and Ukraine, and secondarily in China and South-East Asia. We created an interface between the business sector and the academia to provide the best targeted integrity education for future leaders.
We conduct research, prepare case studies, run global surveys, and collect and develop teaching materials and supporting tools relevant to specific areas of business integrity. Leveraging this knowledge base, we organize regional trainings and international workshops.
The idea that corporations can remain competitive and governments responsive, while working with integrity, will be demonstrated through substantive involvement of the private and public sectors in the development of locally relevant case studies. Integrity Action, CIBG’s Project Partner will adapt the curricula to cultures and educational frameworks of the region for relevance, making this project broadly applicable. Integrity Action will also train a cadre of integrity educators to develop contextually relevant curricula and supporting materials for graduate and executive education courses in business and public administration.