Carson E Young

Carson E Young
  • PhD Student

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    Ethics & Legal Studies Doctoral Program
    The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania
    600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

Research Interests: business ethics, corporate social responsibility, ethics and strategy, sustainability

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Carson Young is a fifth-year doctoral student specializing in business ethics and CSR. He is especially interested in issues at the intersection of ethics and business strategy, which is the topic of his dissertation.

Prior to attending Wharton, he received an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University and spent two years working as an ESL teacher in France. His undergraduate degree is from Swarthmore College.

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Research interests: business ethics, corporate social responsibility, ethics and strategy, sustainability

  • Carson Young (2018), Putting the Law in Its Place: Business Ethics and the Assumption that Illegal Implies Unethical, Journal of Business Ethics, (forthcoming).

    Abstract: Many business ethicists assume that if a type of conduct is illegal, then it is also unethical. This article scrutinizes that assumption, using the rideshare company Uber’s illegal operation in the city of Philadelphia as a case study. I argue that Uber’s unlawful conduct was permissible. I also argue that this position is not an extreme one: it is consistent with a variety of theoretical commitments in the analytic philosophical tradition regarding political obligation (i.e. the moral duty to obey the law because it is the law). I conclude by showing why business ethicists would have a better rejoinder to the “dominant view” of business ethics associated with Milton Friedman if they dispensed with the assumption that illegal implies unethical.


Past Courses


    We all spend much of our lives in organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. Organizations emerge because individuals can't (or don't want to) accomplish their goals alone. Management is the art and science of helping individuals achieve their goals together. Managers in an organization determine where their organization is going and how it gets there. More formally, managers formulate strategies and implement those strategies. This course provides a framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges involved in formulating and implementing strategies by taking a "system" view of organizations,which means that we examine multiple aspects of how managers address their environments, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people, and outputs, and how managerial decisions made in these various domains interrelate. The course will help you to understand and analyze how managers can formulate and implement strategies effectively. It will be particularly valuable if you are interested in management consulting, investment analysis, or entrepreneurship - but it will help you to better understand and be a more effective contributor to any organizations you join, whether they are large, established firms or startups. This course must be taken for a grade.