Challenges for Ethics in Competitive Environments

This series of case studies focuses on the special challenges for ethics in competitive and adversarial environments.  Funding for this project is provided by the Bass Connections Silver Gift, supporting research teams whose projects overlap with Kenan programs.

Tesla’s Elon Musk: A Tweet to Burn the Short Shorts?  Part A (2019)
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The case study examines Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “funding secured” tweet—which cost short sellers an estimated $1.3 billion—from the perspective of SEC Commissioner Jina Choi.

From Cornering to Cornered: The Hunt Brothers’ Adventures in the Silver Market (2019)
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The case study examines the timeless story of the Hunt Brothers’ spectacular rise and fall. This “throwback” case helps us to understand the rationale behind the rules governing the commodities markets today. It also raises questions about the ethics or legitimacy of changing the rules “in the middle of the game.”