Michael Barnett and a crowd of people pictured at an ethical leadership conference

What We Do

The IEL is dedicated to cutting-edge research on ethics in leadership and business. We research the ethical issues that matter to business and society and seek innovative ways to address them. Moreover, we apply our research to design and implement educational programs for business, government, and non-profits. The IEL also collaborates with partners from Rutgers and other universities and organizations.

Research & Education

Institute for Ethical Leadership Fellow Tobey Scharding teaching class
IEL Fellow Tobey Scharding
  • Publications: We do research in business ethics and leadership ethics. Here is a list of recent publications.
  • Postdoctoral Associate: Through the generosity of Mark and Rosemary Carawan, we offer the  Mark and Rosemary Carawan Fellowship in Business Ethics.
  • Doctoral Research: We provide financial support to doctoral students for summer research.
  • Visiting Researchers: We host Fulbright Visiting Scholars and other self-paying domestic and international scholars, among them scholars from Australia, Turkey, and China.
  • Fellows’ Events: We hold regular Fellows' Lunches, where faculty share their research, discuss best teaching practices, and host visitors from businesses and other organizations.


Photo: (Back row) Rob Hughes, Renee Cornell, Tobey Scharding, Wayne Eastman, Petra Christmann (Front Row) Sannah Asif and Danielle Warren
(Back row) Rob Hughes, Renee Cornell, Tobey Scharding, Wayne Eastman, Petra Christmann (Front Row) Sannah Asif and Danielle Warren
  • Custom Programs: We design and implement custom courses on ethics and leadership for business, government, and non-profit organizations. IEL Fellows also participate in corporate programs. Some organizations we’ve worked with are PNB Paribas, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Prudential, and Sompo International.
  • Rutgers Programs: We collaborate on programs at RBS, such as the CSR certificate program with Rutgers Executive Education and the Rutgers Institute on Social Innovation. The IEL teamed up with the Law School to create the Mini-MBA certificate program on Ethics and Compliance.
  • Speakers: We sponsor speakers for events open to the university and community, such as Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka, Wall Street Journalist Diana Henriques, and futurist and former presidential science advisor Dave Rejeski.


Institute for Ethical Leadership Fellows, visiting scholars, and guests posing for a photo
The Fellows, visiting scholars, and guests at the TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference
  • Bi-Annual Conferences: Since most business schools only have a few tenure-track business ethics professors, we created a space for faculty to meet and talk shop. The IEL co-founded the Northeastern Alliance for Business Ethics (NABE) with Columbia’s Sandor C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics. The alliance brings together business ethics scholars and practitioners from the region to network and discuss their research and teaching. Attendees have come from schools such as NYU, Columbia, Baruch, Princeton, Fordham, Wharton, Harvard, and other regional schools.
  • Academic Conferences: The IEL hosts national and international conferences like the Trans-Atlantic Business Ethics Conference (TABEC), which meets every two years in North America or Europe. When the IEL hosted this conference, participants from fourteen countries gave papers on the theme of leadership in troubling times.
  • Virtual Conferences: The IEL works with other institutions on joint virtual conferences. For example, the IEL co-sponsored with St. Thomas University, NYU, the Darden School, Western Michigan, and The Wharton School for a conference on “Public Policy & People: What have we learned about business & ethics from the pandemic?” We also co-sponsored a seminar on how businesses should respond to war with Oxford’s Saïd School, the University of Bath, and ESADE.