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Research and Research Fellows

IEL Faculty 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.

Faculty Spotlight

Michael Barnett


Michael L. Barnett is Professor of Management & Global Business at Rutgers Business School – Newark & New Brunswick. His scholarship focuses on how firms' stakeholder management practices influence their reputations and financial performance and affect society. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship, to include the Academy of Management...

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Chao C. Chen

Professor and Department Vice Chair

Professor Chen is professor of organization management and global business. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and edited books in diverse areas of cross-cultural management, leadership, organizational justice, Chinese management, and business ethics. His works appear in premier management journals including the Academy of Management Journal...

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Joanne B. Ciulla

Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership

Professor Ciulla is a pioneer in the field of leadership ethics. Her research on the ethical challenges of leadership is interdisciplinary but draws heavily on literature in philosophy and history. She also does extensive research in business ethics. Prior to joining Rutgers, she held the Coston Family Chair in Leadership...

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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 gamessolution concepts for two-person gamesideology, and value diversity. Currently, he is working with others...

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Jerry W. Kim

Assistant Professor

Jerry Kim is an Assistant Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. He teaches innovation management and technology strategy in the MBA program, and was selected as “Professor of the Year” by the MBA class of 2018. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2016, he was an Assistant...

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Tobey Karen Scharding

Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Scharding specializes in business ethics and using ethical theories to guide managerial decision-making, particularly as regards business innovations and new business trends such as cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence. Her research applies ethical theories from philosophy to managerial decision-making with an aim of enhancing managers' abilities to evaluate the ethics...

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Danielle Warren

Professor I

Professor Warren’s main contribution to scholarship lies in advancing our understanding of why deviance arises in business settings, how to evaluate it, and how to deter destructive deviance while promoting constructive deviance. She builds upon both normative and descriptive theory and conducts quantitative as well as qualitative research on sanctioning...

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Jerome Williams

Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business

Professor Williams is a Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business, and Research Director of The Center of Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. He was also formerly the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Rutgers-Newark Campus. He held previous Chaired positions at the University of Texas at Austin...

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Christopher Young

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Christopher Young is a professor of business ethics in the Department of Management and Global Business and a research fellow at Rutgers' Institute for Ethical Leadership. His research focus is in the area of forensic economics, legal and business ethics.

Dr. Young is a nationally recognized testifying expert and writer...

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JC Spender

Emeritus Research Fellow

The IEL is pleased to announce the appointment of John-Christopher (JC) Spender as its first Emeritus Research Fellow. This position is for retired scholars who have had distinguished academic careers and are still actively engaged in research that is related to ethics and leadership.

Spender's professional career began in nuclear...