Thomas Donaldson

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Former Carnegie Council Trustee


Thomas Donaldson is the Mark O. Winkelman Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1990 to 1996 he held the position of John F. Connelly Professor of Business Ethics in the School of Business, Georgetown University.

Donaldson has written broadly in the area of business ethics, values and leadership. Books that he has authored or edited include Ties that Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics, co-authored with Thomas W. Dunfee; Ethics in International Business (winner of the 1998 SIM Academy of Management Best Book Award); Ethical Issues in Business, 6th edition, co-edited with Patricia Werhane; Ethics in Business and Economics, 2-volume set, co-edited with Thomas W. Dunfee; and Corporations and Morality.

He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics, and currently the Associate Editor of The Academy of Management Review, as well as a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Business Ethics Quarterly. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Ethics, and Economics and Philosophy.

Featured Work

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APR 22, 2009 Podcast

Restoring Trust in the Global Financial System

This Workshop for Ethics in Business panel analyzes the growing lack of trust in the financial system and how it threatens to keep the global ...

OCT 6, 2000 Article

Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005): Series 2, No. 4 (Fall 2000): Who Can Protect Workers' Rights? The Workplace Codes of Conduct Debates: Articles: The Promise of Corporate Codes of Conduct

Both voluntary codes of conduct&nbsp;and legal regulation are clearly needed, but Donaldson&nbsp;argues that codes are more effective when owned by the ...