Christopher Michaelson

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 451I
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., , University of Minnesota
M.A., Ethics/Aesthetics, University of Minnesota
B.A., Philosophy, Northwestern University

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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.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
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BETH 301 - 07 Business Ethics - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 109
Description of course Business Ethics : CRN: 42669
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

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BETH 650 - 201 Compliance Programming - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 MSL 334
Description of course Compliance Programming : CRN: 43434
Compliance and ethics management is a complex management process that requires program design that supports management's objectives, coordinated activities to be operated across functions and geographies, and performance measurement to reasonably assure effectiveness and a return on management's investment. This course will engage participants' personal knowledge and experience- in dialogue with instructors and guests from industry with law and business backgrounds- to explore assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation), leading practices relating to these program elements, and how to measure effectiveness (from the perspectives of both ethics and economics). The course will also use case method and other practical examples to explore the familiar distinction between compliance-based and integrity-based programs as a link to the course, "Ethical Culture."

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BETH 741 - 366 Ethics and Leadership - - - - - - - -
Description of course Ethics and Leadership : CRN: 43376
Registration is restricted to EXECUTIVE MBA students only

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LAWS 730 - 01 Compliance Programming - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 MSL 334
Description of course Compliance Programming : CRN: 43124
Compliance and ethics management is a complex management process that requires program design that supports management's objectives, coordinated activities ot be operated across functions and geographies, and performance measurement to reasonably assure effectiveness and a return on management's investment. This course will engage participants' personal knowledge and experience- in dialogue with instructors and guests from industry with law and business backgrounds- to explore the following themes: program design frameworks and key elements (including risk identification and assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation), leading practices relating to these program elements, and how to measure effectiveness (from the perspectives of both ethics and economics). The course will also use case method and other practical examples to explore the familiar distinction between compliance-based and integrity-based programs as a link to the course, "Ethical Culture."

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J-Term 2015 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St Paul / Minneapolis (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - 2012)
  • Director, Advisory Practice (Performance Improvement), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Minneapolis (2006 - 2008)
  • Adjunct Faculty, New York University - Leonard Stern School of Business, New York (2006 - 2007)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2006 - 2007)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, New York University - Leonard Stern School of Business, New York (2005 - 2006)
  • Director, Advisory Practice (Performance Improvement), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York (2004 - 2006)
  • Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Philadelphia (2002 - 2005)
  • Senior Manager, Advisory Practice (Finance,Ops, Risk & Compliance), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York (2000 - 2004)
  • Instructor of Management Ethics (adult degree program)., Manhattan College, Bronx (2000 - 2000)
  • Manager, Global Risk Mgmt Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York (1998 - 2000)
  • Senior Associate, Financial Advisory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York (1998 - 1998)
  • Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant, New York (1996 - 1997)
  • Program Associate, National Education Association/National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, Washington (1993 - 1994)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Business Ethics

Professional Service
  • Ramsey Middle School PTA,
  • Business and Professional Ethics Journal,
  • International Society for Business Ethics and Economics, Officer
  • Business Ethics Quarterly, Reviewer
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics Volume,
  • Burroughs Community School PTA,
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota,
  • Journal of Business Ethics, Reviewer
  • Nobel Peace Prize Forum Planning Committee,

Public Service
  • Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Committee Member
  • Burroughs Community School, Member

Publications
  • Michaelson, C. M. (forthcoming). Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. Terrorism. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons
  • Michaelson, C. M. (forthcoming). Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. World economic forum. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons
  • Michaelson, C. M. (forthcoming). Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. Moral luck. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons
  • Michaelson, C. M. (forthcoming). How reading novels can help management scholars cultivate ambiculturalism (Dialogue). Academy of Management Review,
  • Michaelson, C. M., Pratt, M. G., Grant, A. M., & Dunn, C. P. (forthcoming). Connecting business ethics and organization studies. Journal of Business Ethics Education,
  • Michaelson, C. M., Pratt, M. G., Grant, A. M., & Dunn, C. P. (2014). Meaningful work: Connecting business ethics and organization studies. Journal of Business Ethics, (121)(1), pp. 77-90
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2013). Aesthetics and Business Ethics. In D. Koehn and D. Elm (Ed.), Literature and the canonical values of capitalism Ch. 4 (pp. 37-50). Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
  • Glac, K., & Michaelson, C. M. (2012). What is a good answer to an ethical question?. Journal of Business Ethics Education, (9)(1), pp. 233-258
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2012). Cantor Fitzgerald and September 11. Journal of Business Ethics Education, (9), pp. 411-420
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2011). Whose responsibility is meaningful work?. Journal of Management Development, (30)(6), pp. 548-557
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2011). Reading leaders' minds: in search of the canon of 21st century. Asian Journal of Business Ethics,
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2011). Morally differentiating responsibility for climate change mitigation: An analogy with Tolstoy's 'master and man'. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (30)(1-2), pp. 113-136
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2010). The importance of meaningful work. MIT Sloan Management Review, (51)(2), pp. 12-13
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2010). Business and/as/of the humanities. Journal of Business Ethics Education, (7), pp. 201-212
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2010). Revisiting the global business ethics question. Business Ethics Quarterly, (20)(2), pp. 237-251
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2009). Normative Theory and Business Ethics. In Jeffrey Smith (Ed.), Values and capitalism (pp. 195-208). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2009). Meaningful work and moral worth. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (28)(1-4), pp. 27-48
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2009). Teaching meaningful work: Philosophical discussions on the ethics of career choice. Journal of Business Ethics, (6), pp. 43-67
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2008). Work and the most terrible life. Journal of Business Ethics, (77)(3), pp. 335-345
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2008). Moral luck and business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, (83)(4), pp. 773-787
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Moral luck (pp. 1426-1428). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Humanities and business ethics (pp. 1081-1084). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Reputation management (pp. 1820-1823). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Terrorism (pp. 1068-2071). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2007). Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Ethics and the tobacco industry (pp. 794-799). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2006). Compliance and the illusion of ethical progress. Journal of Business Ethics, (66), pp. 2-3
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2005). Meaningful motivation for work motivation theory. Academy of Management Review, (30)(2),
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2005). I want your shower time! Drowning in work and the erosion of life. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (24)(2), pp. 7-26
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2005). Dealing with swindlers and devils: Literature and business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, (58)(4),
  • Michaelson, C. M. (2004). Business and ethics after September 11. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, (12)(1-2),

Research Interests
  • Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
  • Risk Management
  • Globalization
  • Meaningful Work

Presentations
  • "Business in the work and world of David Foster Wallace" David Foster Wallace Conference, Bloomiongton, Illinois, May 23, 2014
  • "Trying to get back what I never actually had" David Foster Wallace Conference, Bloomington, Illinois, May 23, 2014
  • "Business in the work and world of David Foster Wallace" May Meaning Meeting, Owatonna, Minnesota, May 01, 2014
  • "Inspiring peacemaking in tomorrow's leaders" Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 01, 2014
  • "Is meaningful work moral work?" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "What makes work meaningful? Why does it matter? How can it be cultivated?" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "Business novels and good characters: Using novels in professional responsibility" New York University Business and Society Program, New York, New York, March 01, 2014
  • "Protecting your business in a digital economy" World Economic Forum Cross-Industry Meeting on Hyperconnectivity, New York, New York, March 01, 2014
  • "A normative theory of meaningful work" SIOP - Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, Texax, May 01, 2013
  • "A normative theory of meaningful work" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2013
  • "Meaning-based job-related well-being: Related but separate from job satisfaction." SIOP- Society for Industrical and Organizational Psychology, Houston, Texas, April 01, 2013
  • "Ethics clinical pathological conference: requests to compel treatment" Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 01, 2013
  • "Meaningful work and confucian virtue" Society for Business Ethics, Boston, MA, August 01, 2012
  • "The rise of the rest: The competition for the world's tallest skyscraper and its implications for global ethics and economics" ISBEE - International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics World Congress, Warsaw, Poland, July 01, 2012
  • "Economic ethics in literature and film" New York University Stern School of Business Paduano Symposium, New York, NY, May 01, 2012
  • "Is resource scarcity in manufacturing a ticking time bomb?" World Economic Forum - PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Program, Davos, Switzerland, April 01, 2012
  • "Doing business in Europe" French-American Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, April 01, 2012
  • "Cases on the relationship of treatment to evidence" Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota: Ethics Clinical Pathological Conference, Saint Paul, MN, April 01, 2012
  • "On the future of natural resources: How China's demand will shape international markets" World Economic Forum - PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Program on New Champions, Dalian, China, October 01, 2011
  • "Moral hazard and pediatrics" American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2011
  • "Employee motivation in an era of downsizing" Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2011
  • "Beyond the bottom line: Mobilizing the power of private capital for social and financial return" University of St. Thomas Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, Minneapolis, MN, October 01, 2011
  • "Business ethics from two perspectives" Institute of Internal Auditors, Saint Paul, MN, September 01, 2011
  • "Business in extreme operating environments: Do we have a theory on that?" Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX, August 01, 2011
  • "Is moral impartiality a business ethics requirement?" Society for Business Ethics, San Antonio, TX, August 01, 2011
  • "Meaningful work and business ethics" New York University Stern School of Business Paduano Symposium, New York, NY, May 01, 2011
  • "Meaningful work through the lens of literature" May Meaning Meeting, Sundance, UT, May 01, 2011
  • "Reflections on meaningful work" Social Business - The Norwegian and American Experiences, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, April 01, 2011
  • "Reading leaders' minds: In search of the canon of 21st century global capitalism" Shaghai International Conference, Center for Business Ethics, Shanghai, China, September 01, 2010
  • "The capitalist canon" Society for Business Ethics, Montreal, Canada, August 01, 2010
  • "Whose responsibility is meaningful work?" Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada, August 01, 2010
  • "Whose responsibility is meaningful work?" Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, Barcelona, Spain., May 01, 2010
  • "Business and/as/of the humanities" University of St. Thomas Aestetics & Ethics Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 01, 2009
  • "What is a good answer to an ethical question?: Helping students find their moral voices" Society for Business Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, August 01, 2009
  • "Meaningful work and the good life: A Framework for Understanding Meaningful WorMeaningful work and the good life: A framework for understanding meaningful work" Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, August 01, 2009
  • "Teaching meaningful work: Philosophical discussions on the ethics of career choice" Society for Business Ethics, Anaheim, California, August 01, 2008
  • "Executive compensation and moral luck" Society for Business Ethics, Atlanta, Georgia, February 01, 2006
  • "Have you read a good code lately? Critical theory, codes of ethics, and management practice" Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, Jacksonville, Florida, February 01, 2006
  • "Working Through Unthinkable Risks & Contingency PlansWorking through unthinkable risks and contingency plans" Treasury and Risk Management Magazine Governance & Risk Conference, New York, New York, January 01, 2006
  • "Bringing the Power of Film to Business Ethics Research and TeachinBringing the power of film to business ethics research and teaching" Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia, January 01, 2006
  • "'I Want Your Shower Time!' Drowning in Work and the Erosion of LifeI want your shower time! Drowning in work and the erosion of life" Markkula Center Accountable Corporation Conference, Santa Clara, CA, January 01, 2005
  • "Purpose, values, and organizational integrity" International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, New York, New York, January 01, 2005
  • "Ethics as a Compliance Requirement: The Illusion of Ethical Progress" Institute for Business & Professional Ethics conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 01, 2004
  • "Challenging the Scholarship-Practice Divide in Business Ethics" Society for Business Ethics, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 01, 2004
  • "and Ethics After September 11" Conference on Ethics in the Financial Services after Sarbanes-Oxley, Minneapolis, MN, January 01, 2004
  • "A Cantor's Prayer for Meaningful Work" International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 01, 2004
  • "Return on Investment' (poem)" Academy Arts Exhibit, of the Academy of Management, New Orleans, LA, January 01, 2004
  • "If There is a Sense of Reality, There Must be a Sense of Possibility: Literature, Moral Imagination, and Business" Society for Business Ethics, Seattle, Washington, August 01, 2003
  • "'If There is a Sense of Reality, There Must be a Sense of Possibility: Literature, Moral Imagination, and Business" Conference on Moral Imagination, U of M - Minneapolis, MN, January 01, 2003