IEL Research Fellows

The IEL Research Fellows are full time faculty members of Rutgers Business School who do research and/or teaching in areas related to Business Ethics, Leadership Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility. The eight Fellows will meet regularly throughout the academic year to discuss their research, serve as advisors who shape the direction of research and other IEL activities, and contribute to the Institute’s programs. The IEL will announce and post abstracts of the fellows' work when they are published.

Mike Barnett

Mike joined RBS in 2012, serving as Vice Dean for Academic Programs until 2015. He researches how firms' efforts at stakeholder management, through acts of corporate social responsibility and via communal institutions such as industry trade associations, influence their reputations and financial performance and affect society. Many of his research papers can be viewed and downloaded here: His scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards, to include annual Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Proceedings, and the International Association for Business & Society, as well as Finalist for the Aspen Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of the leading peer-reviewed journals in management, to include AMJ, AMR, AMP, BAS, LRP, and SMJ. He has guest edited special issues of CRR and LRP, and edited a handbook and a four-volume compilation on corporate reputation.

Mike holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University, an M.B.A. from Webster University, and a B.S. from the University of Missouri's College of Business. He was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at NYU, honored as a distinguished graduate of Webster, and was a campus safety officer, resident assistant, International Student Exchange Program participant, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Mizzou.

Chao Chen

Professor Chen is full professor of organization management and global business. He has published articles in premier journals including the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewAdministrative Science QuarterlyJournal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational ScienceJournal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Business Venturing. He teaches classes at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and doctoral levels in Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Cross-cultural Management, Culture and Organization. His current research interests include organizational justice, ethical leadership, social networking, and conflict of interest.

Joanne Ciulla

Joanne B. Ciulla is Academic Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Professor of Leadership Ethics in the Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School. She comes to Rutgers after 25 years as the Coston Family Chair of Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. Ciulla was one of the founding faculty of the Jepson School, which is the first liberal arts, degree granting, undergraduate school of leadership studies in the world. She was attracted to Rutgers because she saw great potential in the Institute for Ethical leadership to serve the academic, business, non-profit, and government communities. She is very enthusiastic about helping build another institution that brings together academics and practitioners.

Ciulla serves on the editorial boards of the field’s two most established journals, Leadership Quarterly and Leadership, as well as on the board of its recent journal, Leadership and the Humanities. She also serves as a member of the board of Business Ethics Quarterly.  Ciulla edits one of the most extensive series of books on leadership called, New Horizons in Leadership Studies, for Edgar Elgar Publishing. Among her professional appointments, Ciulla has held the position of president for two of the main business ethics organizations, The Society for Business Ethics and International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics. Her past board associations include the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Gilford College.

A noted presenter, Ciulla has delivered lectures and seminars to business and government organizations in the US and abroad, and has worked with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, The Aspen Institute, and The World Economic Forum.

Wayne Eastman

Professor Eastman has published articles in business ethics, management, and law journals. His academic research program focuses on business ethics, with emphases on how moral emotions help people solve social games, solution concepts for two-person games, ideology, and value diversity. Currently, he is working with others to develop a new subfield, critical business ethics, which emphasizes the need for a self-critical, reflexive approach to research and practice in areas such as human trafficking, the coffee supply chain, financialization, and the link between background and ideology. In his teaching, Professor Eastman focuses on both business law, in which he emphasizes skills in making effective arguments, and business ethics, in which he also emphasizes skills in harmonizing as a leader with different people and groups.

 Professor Eastman has an active applied research program that aligns with his administrative activities as vice chair of the SCMMS Department and with his civic commitments as a member of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, past president of a church in Orange, and founder of a non-profit, GlobalSOMA, that celebrates South Orange and Maplewood as international communities. His public scholarship has included discussions of test scores, community integration, and how the K-12 and college-university sectors can learn from one another in regard to faculty governance and collaborating on business education. He has testified multiple times in Trenton in favor of tenure reform.

Jerry Kim

Jerry Kim is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Business School, where he teaches courses on technology, innovation, and strategy. His research focuses on how social structures such as status or networks shape the behavior of actors in market and organizational settings. Much of his work looks at these issues in the healthcare industry (hospitals, physicians, biotechology and pharmaceutical firms, etc.), but he has also studied settings such as baseball umpiring, executive compensation and virtual teams. His work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Management Science, and has been covered by various media publications including The Economist, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. Prior to joining Rutgers, Jerry was an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the Core, and the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom (i.e., “Professor of the Year”) selected by graduating MBA students.

Tobey Karen Scharding

Professor Scharding specializes in business ethics, finance ethics, and ethics, with a particular focus on issues concerning risk and uncertainty. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University (Philosophy) along with an M.A. from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. from Yale. Her research develops various ethical decision-making approaches, including Kantian ethics, contractualism, and expected value theory, with an aim of enhancing the approaches' abilities to address ethical questions about risk and uncertainty. She applies these approaches to ethically questionable risks in a business context, including risks associated with investment banking, employability, and novel consumer financial products. Her articles have been published and are forthcoming in leading academic journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Public Affairs Quarterly, and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. Her book, This Is Business Ethics, is forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell.

Danielle Warren

The main focus of Professor Warren’s research is constructive and destructive deviance in business organizations and the effects of social and financial sanctions on these behaviors. She is not only interested in examining what causes certain behaviors but also the standards used to judge conduct. Her empirical studies include an intensive multi-method examination of traders on the floor of financial exchanges, quantitative analyses of auto insurance fraud investigations, quantitative and qualitative survey research on social exchange (guanxi) in Chinese business, and experiments on deception at work. Her research appears in the Academy of Management Review, Accounting and the Public Interest, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Business and Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society Review, Group Decision & Negotiation, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization Science, Research in Organizational Behavior and numerous book chapters.

Chris Young

Chris Young is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, where his teaching and research interests focus on business strategy and market based ethics.  He holds a Ph.D. and MBA from Rutgers University with a concentration in international finance, political economy, and professional accounting.

Dr. Young has taught economics, finance and political economy at Seton Hall University from 2002-2014.  In addition to his academic career, he has spent approximately twenty years in for-profit private industry, with roles ranging from CFO of a major media company, founder of a venture capital fund, managing director of investment banking and head of strategy for an information services company.  Presently, Dr. Young manages an economic consulting practice for Sobel & Co., where he provides economic and litigation support, valuation services, econometric analyses, labor negotiation and public policy analyses, and other related social science and business analyses.  Dr. Young has testified before state, county and local courts and mediation panels in New York and New Jersey and has also provided testimony in arbitration matters before FINRA.