Dawn Elm

Professor, Ethics and Business Law

drelm@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4265

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

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

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 25 years, teaching and consulting in the areas of business ethics, strategy, leadership and corporate governance.

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.

Spring 2016 Courses
Spring 2016 Courses
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BETH 301 - 03 Business Ethics M - W - - - - 1515 - 1655 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 21984
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. Prerequisites: Junior standing and BLAW 301 or 302 or 303 or 304 and four additional credits from ACCT, OPMT, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG
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BETH 651 - 201 Ethical Culture - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 316
Description of course Ethical Culture : CRN: 21994
Cultures of economic competitiveness and legal compliance are necessary but not sufficient for corporate responsibility. This course will examine the elements of ethical decision-making and ethical corporate cultures from the perspective of an organization's leadership. The premise of the course is that leaders are the architects of corporate culture- and that the moral agenda of leaders includes three practical imperatives: elucidating, institutionalizing and sustaining ethical values. The first two imperatives (elucidating and institutionalizing) involve placing moral considerations in a position of salience and authority alongside considerations of competitive strategy and compliance in the organization's mindset. The third imperative (sustaining) has to do with passing on the spirit of this effort in two directions: to future leaders of the organization and to the wider network of organizations and institutions that make up the social system as a whole. The case method will be used to introduce frameworks for making reasoned, thoughtful ethical decisions and to diagnose both positive and negative cultural leadership. Students will learn to recognize and resolve ethical issues and identify practical ways (1) to enhance sound ethical cultures and (2) to remediate weak ethical cultures. NOTE: Students are not permitted to take BETH 651 for credit if they have completed, or are taking concurrently, either BETH 601 ("Business Ethics") or BETH 701 ("Ethical Ldrshp & Corp Act") for credit. Prereq (or may take concurrently) LAWS 730/BETH 650
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Summer 2016 Courses
Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses
Fall 2016 Courses
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BETH 625 - 201 Business Ethics Foundations M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics Foundations : CRN: 43044
THIS SECTION IS INTENDED FOR STUDENTS EARLY IN THEIR PROGRAM (15 credits or less completed). STUDENTS MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR MGMT625-201 (CRN 43088) THIS TERM. This class explores the fundamentals of ethical decision making in the business context. It covers the psychology of ethical decision making, including individual and situational factors influencing the decision process, as well as the ethical theories needed to understand the dimensions of an ethically complex situation. The class introduces a framework for analyzing ethical situations and developing a managerially defensible solution. It also explores various strategies for dealing with ethical challenges in the workplace and ways to effectively communicate one’s decisions. Co-requisite: MGMT 625
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BETH 625 - 203 Business Ethics Foundations M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 316
Description of course Business Ethics Foundations : CRN: 43045
THIS SECTION IS INTENDED FOR STUDENTS LATER IN THEIR PROGRAM (18 credits or more completed). STUDENTS MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR MGMT625-203 (CRN 43087) THIS TERM. This class explores the fundamentals of ethical decision making in the business context. It covers the psychology of ethical decision making, including individual and situational factors influencing the decision process, as well as the ethical theories needed to understand the dimensions of an ethically complex situation. The class introduces a framework for analyzing ethical situations and developing a managerially defensible solution. It also explores various strategies for dealing with ethical challenges in the workplace and ways to effectively communicate one’s decisions. Co-requisite: MGMT 625
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BETH 701 - 121 Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act - T - R - - - 1515 - 1645 SCH 120
Description of course Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act : CRN: 43048
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.
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - present)
  • David A. and Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - 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
  • Anchor Bank,
  • Business Ethics Quarterly,
  • CEBC - Center for Ethical Business Cultures - University of St. Thomas,
  • Journal of Business Ethics Education Book Review,
  • Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Reviewer
  • Journal of Ethics and Behavior,
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD),
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Business Ethics,
  • Society for Business Ethics,
  • Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Business Ethics, Editor

Publications
  • Pattit, K., Elm, D. R., & Martin, L. (2015). Areas of privacy in Facebook: Expectations and value. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (33)(2/3), pp. 147-176
  • 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),
  • 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

Books and Chapters
  • Elm, D. R. (2014). Encyclopedia of Management, Business Ethics Volume, Vol. 3. In UST Ethics Faculty (Ed.), Aesthetics and ethics.
  • Elm, D. R. (2014). Encyclopedia of Management, Business Ethics Volume, Vol. 3. In UST Ethics Faculty (Ed.), Obedience to law and authority.
  • Elm, D. R. (2013). 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. (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

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

Awards and Honors
  • Faculty Service Award, Opus College of Business, 2015

Presentations
  • "Gender in ethics - then and now: What have we learned?" International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Dublin, Ireland, October 01, 2014
  • "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
  • "'Dancing, emotion, and daring to care' All academy PDW the social and the physical-from management research findings to artifact - by scholar-artists who dare to care" AOM - Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Canada, August 01, 2010
  • "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
  • "The Ruffin Lecture Series, April 1996-2004" 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, January 01, 2003
  • "The Ruffin Lecture Series, April 1996-2004" Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 01, 2002