Erasmus Management Lecture

Thomas Donaldson

Erasmus Management Lectures 2012

Thomas Donaldson is the Mark O. Winkelman Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director, the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He has written broadly in the area of business ethics, corporate governance, and leadership.  His books include: Ties that Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics (Harvard University Business School Press, 1999), with T. Dunfee; Ethical Issues in Business, 8th Edition (Prentice-Hall Inc., 2007), with P. Werhane; and Ethics in International Business (Oxford University Press, 1989). His book, Ties that Bind, was the winner of the 2005 SIM Academy of Management Best Book Award. He was Chairman of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management (2007-2008) and a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics. He was Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review from 2002-2007, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of many journals.  His writings have appeared in publications such as the Academy of Management Review; Harvard Business Review; Ethics; and Economics and Philosophy.

At Wharton he has received many teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in both 2005 and 1998 and the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998).

He has consulted and lectured at many organizations, including the Business Roundtable, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Walt Disney, the United Nations, Microsoft, The Tata Group, Exelon, Motorola, AT&T, JP Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Los Alamos National Laboratory, ConocoPhillips, Shell, IBM, Western Mining-Australia, Pfizer, the AMA, the IMF, Bankers Trust, and the World Bank. He has appeared on the Today Show, the NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, and NPR.  His remarks have been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Fortune Magazine, The Financial Times, and Business Week. 

He served from 2004-2009 as an appointed member of the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In 2002 he testified in the US Senate on the Sarbanes Oxley corporate reform legislation.  In October, 2006, he delivered a half-day address/workshop for the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, and the other Assistant Secretary Generals regarding the UN’s reform initiative.  He was named the most influential “thought leader” in Ethisphere Magazine’s 2009 ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.  In 2009 he won the Aspen Institute’s Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement.

Tom and his wife, Lauren, live in Bryn Mawr, PA., and have three children, aged 22, 25, and 28.


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