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).more
B.A., mathematics, University of Notre Dame
M.A., philosophy, University of Michigan
Ph.D., philosophy, University of Michigan
- Business ethics
- Corporate governance
- History of corporate responsibility
- Global business values
- Executive Editor, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- "Goods that are Truly Good and Services that Truly Serve: Reflections on 'Caritas in Veritate'," Journal Of Business Ethics 100:S1 (2012): 9-16.
- Goodpaster, Kenneth E. and T. Dean Maines, "The Distinctive Vocation of Business Education in Catholic Universities," Journal of Catholic Higher Education 31:2 (2012): 193-212.
- "Ethics, Politics, and the Modern Corporation," Business Ethics Quarterly 21:1 (2011): 166-168.
- "Business Ethics: Two Moral Provisos," Business Ethics Quarterly 20:4 (2010): 740-742.
- "Corporate Responsibility and Its Constituents." In Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics, edited by Beauchamp and Brenkert. Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Sorenson, Ritch L., Kenneth E. Goodpaster, Patricia R. Hedberg and Andy Yu, "The family point of view, family social capital, and firm performance: An exploratory test," Family Business Review 22:3 (2009): 239-253.
- Conscience and Corporate Culture. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2007.
- Goodpaster, K. E., L. L. Nash and H. C. deBettignies, Business Ethics: Policies and Persons, Revised 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2006.
- "Ethics or Excellence? Conscience as a Check on the Unbalanced Pursuit of Organizational Goals," Ivey Business Journal 68: 4 (March/April, 2004): 1-8.
- Goodpaster, Kenneth E., T. Dean Maines and Arnold M. Weimerskirch, "A Baldrige Process for Ethics?," Science and Engineering Ethics 10:2 (April, 2004): 243-258.
- "Teaching and Learning Ethics by the Case Method." In Blackwell’s Guide to Business Ethics, edited by N.Bowie. Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
- Goodpaster, Kenneth E., T. Dean Maines and Michelle Rovang Burke, "Stakeholder Thinking: Beyond Paradox to Practicality," The Journal of Corporate Citizenship 7 (2002): 93- 111.
- Goodpaster, K. E. and J.B. Matthews, "Can a Corporation Have a Conscience?" Harvard Business Review 60 (January/February, 1982).
- 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