Board of Directors 2015-2016

Elected members who jointly oversee the activities of SBE

Each year members of the Society for Business Ethics elect a new member to the Board of Directors. The Board is the governing body of our Society and is responsible for all major policy decisions affecting the Society. Members of the Board of Directors serve a five year term. During the second year on the Board an individual serves as secretary, during the third year as program chair (for our annual conference), and during the fourth year as our Society’s president.

Nien-hê Hsieh

Past President

Nien-hê Hsieh—Executive Board Member and Liason of the Society for Business Ethics and member of the Editorial Board of Business Ethics Quarterly—isolated on a transparent background
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    • Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the MBA Class of 1953 Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
    • On Editorial Board for Business Ethics Quarterly and served as its first Book Notes Editor, as well as the liaison for the Society for Business Ethics to the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division
    • Teaches courses on ethics, corporate responsibility, and social impact in undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education programs
    • At Wharton, helped expand curricular and co-curricular offerings, having developed the Undergraduate Secondary Concentration in Social Impact and Responsibility and serving as Co-Director of the Wharton Ethics Program
    • Current research concerns the challenges for business managers operating under social and political institutions that are perceived as deficient
    • Current research builds on previous research on economic institutions, decision-making and incommensurable values, the moral dimensions of work, and the provision of assistance by multinational enterprises
    • Work appears in edited volumes and various journals, including Business Ethics Quarterly, Economics and Philosophy, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Social Theory and Practice
    • Holds B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University
    • Held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, Harvard University, and Oxford University

Dawn Elm

Executive Director

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    • Professor of Ethics and Management, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Chair of Ethics and Business Law Department 2009-2014
    • Editorial Board Member Ethics and Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics
    • Education and ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Business Ethics, Business &
    • Society, Corporate Citizenship, Human Relation
    • Previous Editorial Board Member Journal of Business Ethics
    • Long time active member and past Division Chair of Social Issues Division of
    • Academy of Management, long time member of Society for Business Ethics and
    • International Association for Business and Society
    • Research interests include ethical decision making, aesthetics and business ethics, privacy, honesty, and spirituality at work
    • Work has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, Journal of Management Inquiry and Human Relations
    • Organizer of the first Business Ethics & Aesthetics: Teaching and Learning
    • Ethics with the Arts Conference at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, November 2009
    • PhD in Strategic Management & Organizations from University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Heather Elms


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    • Associate Professor of International Business, Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, D.C.
    • Associate Editor, Business Ethics Quarterly
    • Editorial Board Member, Business & Society, International Journal of Emerging Markets, and Stakeholder Theory & Practice
    • Representative at Large, International Association of Business & Society, and Strategic Management Society’s Stakeholder Strategy Interest Group
    • Current and much of previous work focuses on stakeholder theory and corporate responsibility
    • Work has appeared in outlets including Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization
    • Previously Founding Academic Director, Center for Business & Society, Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary
    • Holds a Ph.D. in Strategy & Organization from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley

Jeffery Smith

Program Chair

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    • Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics and director of the Center for Business Ethics at Seattle University
    • Published articles in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
    • Current research interests center on the political dimensions of market institutions, Kantian approaches to business ethics and the role of business education within liberal arts curricula
    • Visiting and adjunct appointments at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the Keck Graduate Institute
    • Editorial Board member and book review editor of Business Ethics Quarterly
    • Holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Moriarty


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    • Associate Professor, Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Coordinator of the Ethics & Social Responsibility Major at Bentley University
    • Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly. Former liaison from the SBE to the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Enthusiastic attendee of SBE meetings since 2004
    • Research interests include compensation ethics and corporate governance. With respect to compensation, I have written on questions of fairness in “extreme” cases, such as CEO pay, as well as on questions of fairness in “non-extreme cases,” such as internal equity within firms. With respect to governance, I have written on the role of non-shareholder groups in the management of the firm. I am also interested in the role of deservingness, or desert, in theories of distributive justice
    • Publications to feature his work in these and related areas include Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Noûs, and Philosophical Studies
    • Regularly teaches courses in business ethics to undergraduate business majors and leadership ethics to MBA students. Other teaching interests include environmental ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion
    • Received an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, both in Philosophy

Paul Dunn


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    • Previously served as Treasurer for the International Association of Business and Society (IABS)
    • Has held position of Treasurer for the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management for the past nine years
    • Received Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting from Boston University
    • Currently a business ethics professor at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University
    • Is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Ontario Institute
    • Has been associated with SBE since 1997

Jeff Frooman

Board Member

Jeff Frooman—Executive Director of the Society for Business Ethics—isolated on a transparent background
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    • Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick in Canada
    • Holds joint appointments between the Faculty of Business Administration (finance) and the Faculty of Arts (philosophy)
    • Completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh (2002) writing a dissertation entitled “Stakeholder Influence Strategies”
    • Current research interests include stakeholder theory, the link between CSP and CFP, and market morality
    • Published in scholarly journals including the Academy of Management Review, Business and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Business Ethics
    • From 2008-2013 served as the Executive Director of the Society for Business Ethics and from 2012 to the present has served as a co-chair of the Society’s Emerging Scholar’s Program
    • From 2013-2015 served as the co-director of the conferences for the Society for Business Ethics
    • Officer of the Social Responsibility Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada serving as academic reviewer (2008), program chair (2009), and division chair (2010)
    • Served as associate editor of the journal Business and Society, and is on the editorial board of both that journal and Business Ethics Quarterly

Bruce Barry

BEQ Editor

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    • Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University
    • Editor in Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly
    • Research on ethics, conflict, power, justice, negotiation, and workplace rights is published in numerous scholarly journals and volumes.
    • Books include Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace (Berrett-Koehler) as well as three co-authored titles on negotiation (McGraw Hill) used in courses at universities worldwide.
    • Past president, International Association for Conflict Management.
    • Holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia