The History of SBE

In August, 2005, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Society for Business Ethics, the parent organization of the Business Ethics Quarterly, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. The thirty-seven page glossy program featured the past presidents of the society. But many of the attendees and many more of the members of the Society know little about its history. As an early member and unofficial historian of the Society, Richard DeGeorge was asked to prepare and present the Society’s history, based on available records and interviews with many of those who had a hand in forming and nurturing it through its early years.

DeGeorge noted that there were many ways to do the history of the Society for Business Ethics, but decided to pursue only three. The first is the philosophical. The second is the chronological. The third is the projective.

Philosophical Chronological Projective