Rutgers ethics institute chooses first research fellows

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School has announced eight IEL Research Fellows.

The full-time Rutgers Business School faculty members conduct research and/or teaching in areas related to business ethics, leadership ethics and corporate social responsibility.

They will meet regularly throughout the academic year to discuss their research, serve as advisers who shape the direction of research and other IEL activities, and contribute to the institute’s programs.

“The establishment of eight research fellows at the Institute for Ethical Leadership reflects Rutgers Business School’s longstanding emphasis on the study of ethics and its importance in the education and success of all business leaders,” Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei said. “We look forward to hearing more about the work of the inaugural fellows and the impact their work will have on leadership development and corporate citizenship.”

“I’m honored to be a part of this great group of scholars, and look forward to working together over the coming years to develop valuable insights into how to improve the important relationship between business and society,” said Mike Barnett, one of the eight fellows and a former dean for academic programs.

“The IEL research fellows program is an important step in building the Rutgers community of business ethics scholars,” added fellow Danielle Warren. “Through the fellows program, I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the cutting-edge research conducted by my colleagues and building upon their contributions in my own research and teaching.”

The remaining fellows are Chao-chuan Chen, Wayne Eastman, Jerry Kim, Tobey Karen Scharding, Chris Young and Joanne Ciulla.

Ciulla initiated the program as the new research director of the IEL. In January, she will become the director of the institute.

“Having eight full-time faculty teaching and doing research in the area of business ethics is quite large compared to other schools,” she said. “We are very proud to have required, graded, and for credit business ethics courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs at RBS.”