Dawn Elm

Full Professor, Ethics and Business Law

drelm@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4265

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 343R
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., Strategic Management & Organization, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

See publications in UST Research Online

Dawn Elm received her Ph.D. in strategic management and organization from the University of Minnesota in 1989. She has been a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas for 22 years, teaching and consulting in the areas of business ethics, strategy, leadership and corporate governance. She is currently chair of the Department of Ethics and Business Law at the Opus College of Business.

Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas, Elm worked in product development with the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, after receiving her B.S. in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She is widely published in the field of business ethics and was the recipient of the University of St. Thomas Excellence in Business Ethics award in 2002. Her current work involves improving ethical decision making in business, the impact of social media on privacy valuation and the integration of aesthetics and business ethics. She currently serves as the executive director of the Society for Business Ethics, a global association.

Elm has experience in strategy consulting, ethical decision-making training, product and process development, and corporate governance. She has served as an independent director in the banking and construction industries on public, private and family business boards. She has also served on non-profit boards in the Twin Cities area.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BETH 701 - 121 Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act - T - R - - - 0830 - 1000 SCH 127
Description of course Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act : CRN: 42677
Registration is restricted to Full - time MBA students only This course provides an overview of a wide array of business situations at the individual, organizational and societal levels with a focus on the ethical aspects of those situations and a review of the legal aspects of those situations. The course reviews and applies moral philosophy, important legal principles and human decision- making psychology for analyzing the ethical issues in business organizations. It also examines the challenge of ethical leadership and how an organization can be structured and developed to encourage employees at all levels to think and act ethically in a global environment. The lab involves introducing students to local organizations engaged in efforts to revitalize the business community. This is designed to help them enhance and appreciate the relationship between business and the larger society.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BETH 701 - 122 Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act - T - R - - - 1015 - 1145 SCH 127
Description of course Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act : CRN: 42678
Registration is restricted to Full - time MBA students only This course provides an overview of a wide array of business situations at the individual, organizational and societal levels with a focus on the ethical aspects of those situations and a review of the legal aspects of those situations. The course reviews and applies moral philosophy, important legal principles and human decision- making psychology for analyzing the ethical issues in business organizations. It also examines the challenge of ethical leadership and how an organization can be structured and developed to encourage employees at all levels to think and act ethically in a global environment. The lab involves introducing students to local organizations engaged in efforts to revitalize the business community. This is designed to help them enhance and appreciate the relationship between business and the larger society.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BETH 301 - 01 Business Ethics M - W - - - - 1315 - 1455 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 21917
This course plays a critical role in the principle-based education of St. Thomas business students, especially in introducing the responsibilities of a business professional. Through analysis of case studies, readings and other experiential exercises, students will develop an understanding of professional business conduct and judgment grounded in moral principles. This course is a pre-requisite for all 400 level business courses. Prerequisite: eight credits from ACCT, BLAW, DSCI, FINC, MGMT, MKTG and junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - present)
  • Ethics and Business Law Department Chair, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2011 - 2014)
  • Department Chair, Interim, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2009 - 2011)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - College of Business, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1994 - 2001)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul (1989 - 1994)
  • Instructor/Research Assistant, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1984 - 1989)
  • Product Development Manager, Domestic & International Beauty & Health Care Products, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati (1980 - 1984)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • International Association for Business & Society
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
  • Society for Business Ethics

Professional Service
  • CEBC - Center for Ethical Business Cultures - University of St. Thomas,
  • Society for Business Ethics,
  • Journal of Ethics and Behavior,
  • Business Ethics Quarterly,
  • Journal of Business Ethics Education Book Review,
  • Anchor Bank,
  • Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Reviewer
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD),
  • Minnesota Chapter of Women on Corporate Boards,
  • Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Business Ethics, Editor

Public Service
  • University of Minnesota Women's Gymnastics Booster Club, Chairperson

Publications
  • Elm, D. R. (2014). Aesthetics and ethics. Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, Business Ethics Volume,
  • Elm, D. R. (2014). Aesthetics and Business Ethics. In D Koehn and D. Elm (Ed.), The artist and the ethicist: Character and process Ch. 5 (pp. 53-66). Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
  • Elm, D. R. (2014). Obedience to authority and the law. Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, Business Ethics Volume,
  • Elm, D. R. (2011). Twenty years to today. Journal of Business Ethics,
  • Elm, D. R., & Radin, T. J. (2011). Ethical decision-making: Special or no different?. Journal of Business Ethics,
  • Elm, D. R., & Taylor, S. (2010). Representing wholeness: Learning via theatrical productions. Journal of Management Inquiry, (19)(2), pp. 127-136
  • Hartman, L., Elm, D. R., Radin, T., & Richmond-Pope, K. (2009). Translating corporate culture around the world: A cross-cultural analysis of whistleblowing as an example of how to say and do the right thing. Politeia: Corporate and Stakeholder Responsibility Theory and Practice, (XXV)(93),
  • Elm, D. R. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Truth-telling (pp. 2124-2126). Sage
  • Elm, D. R. (2003). Workplace spirituality and organizational performance. In Robert A. Giacalone and Carole L. Jurkiewicz (Ed.), Honesty, spirituality, and performance at work. New York: M.E. Sharpe
  • Kelley, P. C., & Elm, D. R. (2003). The effect of context on moral intensity of ethical issues: Revising Jones' issue- contingent model. Journal of Business Ethics, pp. (00) 1-16

Research Interests
  • Corporate Management
  • Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
  • Governance
  • Corporate Strategy

Presentations
  • "Areas of privacy in Facebook: Expectations and value" Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida, August 01, 2014
  • "Perspectives on the intersection of law and ethics" Midwest Academy for Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "Areas of privacy in Facebook - expectations and value" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, MInnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Areas of privacy in Facebook - expectations and value" Society for Business Ethics, Boston, MA, August 01, 2012
  • "Better ethical decision making at work" Midwest Medical Insurance Group Patient Safety Symposia, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2009
  • "Ethical decision-making: What's so special after all?" Vincentian Business Ethics Annual Conference, St John's University, Manhattan, New York, January 01, 2008
  • "Review criteria for applied ethics scholarship: Multi-disciplinary perspectives." Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 01, 2008
  • "Posturing vs lying in entrepreneurial firms: Assessing honesty in entrepreneurs" International Association for Business Society, Yucatan, Mexico, January 01, 2006
  • "Panel member for All Academy Showcase Symposium titled 'What we can learn from the Hawaiian Hula'" Academy of Management, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 01, 2005
  • "The Ruffin Lecture Series, April 1996-2004, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia." Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 01, 2004
  • "The Ruffin Lecture Series, April 1996-2004, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia." Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 01, 2003
  • "Cast member of All Academy Session Play titled 'The Ties That Bind', written and directed by Stevens S. Taylor" National Academy of Management Conference, Denver, Colorado, January 01, 2002
  • "The Ruffin Lecture Series, April 1996-2004, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia." Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 01, 2002