Normative Business Ethics
Amy Sepinwall, Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, is the faculty member responsible for leading the Normative Business Ethics Pillar in the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. As the home of normative business ethics at Penn, the Zicklin Center actively supports Wharton faculty and graduate students, as well as other scholarly partners on research projects that explore ethical issues in business from critical and evaluative perspectives. The Zicklin Center organizes lectures, seminars, and similar events at which thought-leaders in practice and academia discuss their work in this field. It also hosts a monthly “works-in-progress” series, with scholars from around the globe in attendance reading and providing feedback on draft articles addressing business ethics issues from a normative perspective.
Subject Area Publications by Faculty
Brian Berkey (2017), Review of Dale Dorsey, The Limits of Moral Authority, Ethics, 128 (1), pp. 235-240. 10.1086/692952
Thomas Donaldson, “Rethinking Right: Moral Epistemology in Management Research” Journal of Business Ethics. 2016. With Tae Wan Kim.
Thomas Donaldson (2015), Where the Facts End: Richard De George and the rise of business ethics, Journal of Business Ethics, 127 (4), pp. 783-787
Robert Hughes (2017), Would Many People Obey Non-Coercive Law?, Jurisprudence.
Amy Sepinwall, “Conscientious Objection, Complicity and Accommodation”. In Law, Religion and Health in the United States, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Lynch, Elizabeth Sepper, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
The Thomas W. Dunfee Distinguished Lecture Series in Ethics Presents Kwame Anthony Appiah
Thursday, September 30, 2021, The Wharton School
Friday, November 19, 1‐4:30 PM, Zoom
- Samuel Director, Brown, Do Adaptive Preferences Undermine Consent?
- Franzicka Poprawe, Zurich, How Free are Firms in Free Markets?
- Carolina Villegas-Galaviz & Kirsten Martine, Notre Dame, Moral Distance, AI, and the Ethics of Healthcare
Friday, December 10, 1‐4:30 PM, Zoom
- Caleb Bernacchio, Cal State-Monterey Bay, Experimentation, Innovation, and Virtue
- Joel Chow, Arizona, Competition and the Demands of Solidarity
- Abraham Singer, Loyola-Chicago, & Amit Ron, Arizona State, The Impressionable Demos
Fall sessions will be held via Zoom – please see specific links above.
Spring sessions schedule in person but subject to current University COVID restrictions. Please contact for details.
Friday, February 11, 1‐4:30 PM, 641 Jon M Huntsman Hall
- Gil Hersch, Virginia Tech, & Thomas Rowe, King’s College, Between Abundance and Scarcity
- Nicola Mulkeen, Warwick, Intergenerational Exploitation
- Franz Altner, Vienna, The Possibility of Autonomous Corporate Action
Friday, March 4, 1‐4:30 PM, 641 Jon M Huntsman Hall
- Ben Hale, Colorado, Fidgety Widgets
- Tom Parr, Warwick, Good Jobs and Their Importance
- Joshua Preiss, Minnesota State-Mankato, The Good Jobs Approach
Friday, March 25, 1‐4:30 PM, 641 Jon M Huntsman Hall
- Joseph Bowen, Stockholm, Making Others Go Further Beyond the Call
- Grant Rozeboom, St. Mary’s, Against Managerial Moral Vigilantism
- Christian Schemmel, Manchester, Recognition and Pay
Friday, May 6, 1‐4:30 PM, 641 Jon M Huntsman Hall
- Aatif Abbas, Syracuse, Reconceptualizing Risk
- Rachel Handley, Trinity College Dublin, A Metaethical Approach to Business Ethics
- Dale Dorsey Kansas, Abuse of Power