Pioneers in Business Ethics Project


Modern normative business ethics as an academic discipline probably began in the early 1970s. The founders of this field established methodologies for teaching and a body of solid research for the field. And led by the late Michael Hoffman, they initiated the beginning and now flourishing corporate ethics and compliance officers associations. But these founders are no longer young, and last year we lost two of them, Hoffman and Ronald Duska.  So the University of Illinois in partnership with the Darden School of Business and the Society for Business Ethics and supported by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame have instigated a video project aimed at interviewing and videoing many of these pioneers.  These videos will be archived at the University of Illinois Library and any other interested institutions.  They will be transcribed and made available in the Business and Professional Ethics Journal and in a Springer Nature ebook, and all this material will be available, free, for teaching and further research.

The Society for Business Ethics is matching donations to this project, up to $5,000.

Contributions to this project are gratefully accepted. For further information you may contract two of the project leaders: Patricia Werhane, Professor Emerita, University of Virginia and DePaul University, or Gretchen Winter, Director, Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, University of Illinois.

Please note: Contributions to this project are NOT tax-deductible.


  • Tae Wan Kim 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Danielle Warren 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Norman Bowie 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Jason Stansbury 
    • $100 
    • 13 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Jason Stansbury 
Grand Rapids, MI
Patricia Werhane 
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