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Kenneth Goodpaster

David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics : Ethics and Business Law Department

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Kenneth Goodpaster taught moral philosophy at the University of Notre Dame throughout the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980. At Harvard, he developed the second-year course, Ethical Aspects of Corporate Policy, and the first-year module, Managerial Decision Making and Ethical Values (1989). He also co-authored Policies and Persons: A Casebook in Business Ethics (McGraw-Hill, Fourth Edition, 2006). In 1990, Goodpaster accepted the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), where he teaches MBA students and executives, including a Great Books Seminar for business students and law students.

He has published articles in a variety of professional journals, including the Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Business Ethics, Thought, Business Ethics Quarterly and the Harvard Business Review.

One of his latest books, Conscience and Corporate Culture, is available from Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2007. Released in 2012 was the widely-recognized history for which Goodpaster served as executive editor:  Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press). He is also preparing, with his business ethics colleagues at the University of St. Thomas, the third edition of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management volume on business ethics.

Goodpaster sits on the editorial boards of many journals in the field of business ethics, and is active with the Minneapolis-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures, the Better Business Bureau and the International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE).


Academic Background

B.A., mathematics, University of Notre Dame
M.A., philosophy, University of Michigan
Ph.D., philosophy, University of Michigan

Research Specialties

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate governance
  • History of corporate responsibility
  • Global business values

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Major Works

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Business Ethics Quarterly

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • The 2005 Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University, April 2005
  • The 2005 Dodd Distinguished Lecturer in Business Ethics, University of Toledo, April 2005
  • Aquinas lecturer, St. Louis University, 2003
  • Business excellence award for innovation in teaching, University of St. Thomas, 2002
  • Paul Harris medal for service to education, Rotary International, 2000