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Thomas Donaldson

Mark O. Winkelman Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests: business ethics, corporate compliance, corporate governance, leadership

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PhD, University of Kansas, 1976; BS, University of Kansas, 1967

Recent Consulting

Walmart; Goldman Sachs; BP; KPMG. Areas: Ethics, leadership, and corporate governance.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in both 2005 and 1998 and Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 , and 1998); Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Georgetown University; Distinguished Researcher of the Year, Georgetown University School of Business, 1995; Named most influential “thought leader” in Ethisphere Magazine’s 2009 ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.  Winner: Aspen Institute’s Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2009.

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1996-present (named Mark O. Winkelman Professor, 1996). Previous appointments: The John Connolly Professor, Georgetown University 1990-1996; The C. Stewart Sheppard Professor , Darden School, University of Virginia 1988-89; The Henry J. Wirtenberger Professor of Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago; 1984-88; Asst. and Assoc. Professor, Loyola University of Chicago, 1976-1984. 

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, Academy of Management Review, 2003-2007; Chair, Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, 2008; Director, Wharton PhD Program in Ethics and Legal Studies, 2002-2008; Co-founder and past president of the Society for Business Ethics.  

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership

Appointed member of the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority FINRA (formerly the NASD) (2004-2009). Trustee, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (1992-present); Chair, FTSE4Good US Committee (2002-present)