Faculty & Research

Christopher M. Michaelson

Associate Professor: Ethics and Business Law Department

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After earning a Ph.D. in philosophical aesthetics and ethics, Christopher Michaelson defied philosophical and practical logic to launch a business advisory career in New York. A few years later, he began his academic career while leaving a foot in practice. For most of the past 10 years, he has combined full-time academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and the University of St. Thomas with part-time business practice and community service.

Michaelson's business clients have included major multinational corporations, along with government and non-governmental organizations and multilateral financial institutions. He has addressed business and academic audiences on several continents and currently co-edits PwC's strategy and risk journal, Resilience: Winning with Risk, and serves as the secretary-general for the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics.

Michaelson's primary research specialties include meaningful work, global ethics and emerging risks. His writing–appearing in various academic, trade and blog publications–seeks to shed light on these issues using such media as art, architecture, literature and film. He brings his experience and research to teaching ethics, leadership, governance and sustainability.


Academic Background

B.A., philosophy, Northwestern University
M.A., philosophy, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., philosophy, University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • Meaningful work
  • Global ethics
  • Emerging risks

Selected Works

Professional History

  • New York University Stern School of Business, business and society program faculty, 2005-present.
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, visiting faculty, 2002-2005.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, advisory, 1998-present.