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Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility

At the John M. and Mary Jo Boler College of Business, ethics and social responsibility extends beyond words spoken in the classroom.  The Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on both organizational outreach and student education.

At Ginn, we partner with organizations to help them anticipate, mitigate, repair, and capitalize on future ethical challenges and opportunities. With a combination of speakers, roundtables, training, and innovative programming, Ginn helps organizations confront a wide array of ethical challenges and maintain their ethical environments with applied thinking, novel conceptualizations, and data-based approaches.

The Ginn Institute also helps to shape the next generation of leaders by providing students with opportunities to make a difference through internships at area non-profit organizations. Each year, the Ginn Institute sponsors students to work on organization processes and programs that affect all aspects of organizational life.

For more information about how to get involved with the Ginn Institute and its programming, please contact Dr. Robert A. Giacalone, the Ray and Eleanor Smiley Chair in Business Ethics.

About the Director

Robert Giacalone, Ph.D. is The Raymond and Eleanor Smiley Chair in Business Ethics and the Director of The Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.

He has been the Series Editor for the Sage Series in Business Ethics, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, and editor of several special journal issues. He is currently co-editor of the Ethics in Practice book series and serves on several journal editorial boards.

Dr. Giacalone has edited/authored 10 books and over 160 articles on business ethics, social responsibility and values, impression management, and exit interviewing. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Business and Society Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics Education, and Journal of Social Psychology.

Finally, Dr. Giacalone has had consulting roles with large organizations in different sectors, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, PERSEREC (security division of the U.S. Department of Defense), Bell Atlantic, Carter-Wallace, Wheat First Butcher Singer/Wachovia Securities, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to strengthen and improve our community through passion, awareness and education. We seek to transform the business world by making concern for ethics, social responsibility, social justice, sustainability, and workplace spirituality a priority for students, leaders, and their organizations.

Our Vision is a world where leaders and their organizations anticipate issues of organizational integrity and cultivate cultures that promote ethical responsibility.


Consultative Services

Our focus is on issues related to the organizational integrity and quality of individuals, their interactions, norms, activities, decision making procedures and results within an organization. We believe that managers must recognize their role in shaping organizational integrity and work to create a climate that strenghtens relationships and reputations built on ethical quality. We can enhance your organization's integrity strenghts and identify potential opportunities for growth. We bring research and practice together to provide organizations with innovative, informed approaches that advance integrity in organizations. Our team of skilled professionals can help with developing ethics codes and policies, training, assessment, customized diagnostic research and evaluation tools. Whether we work with you to improve or develop relevant materials and policies or provide training for your leadership to support integrity practices, we create a solution that is specific to your needs.

Boler Faculty Publications

Below is a list of publications and articles related to the field of Business Ethics which our faculty have contributed to:

Bloom, R. (2015). The Global Reporting Initiative on Remuneration. Compensation & Benefits Review, 47, 5-6.

Bloom, R. (2107, in press), Clawback Provisions. Compensation & Benefits Review.

Bloom, R. & Kamm, J. (2014) Human Resources: Assets that Should Be Capitalized. Compensation & Benefits Review, 46, 4.

Bloom, R. & Myring, M. (2013). Sustainability Reporting to Develop a Competitive Advantage. Tennessee CPA Journal, 3, 4.

Brockhaus, S., Amos, C., Fawcett, A.M., Knemeyer, A.M., and Fawcett, S.E. (2017) Please Clap! How Customer Service Quality Perception Affects the Authenticity of Sustainability Initiatives, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Fourthcoming.

Brockhaus, S., Fawcett, S.E., Knemeyer, A.M. and Fawcett, A.M. (2017) Motivations for Environmental and Social Consciousness: Reevaluating the Sustainability-Based View, Journal of Cleaner Production, 143, 933-947

Brockhaus, S., Fawcett, S.E., Kersten, W., and Knemeyer, M. (2016). A Framework for Benchmarking Product Sustainability Efforts: Using Systems Dynamics to Achieve Supply Chain Alignment, Benchmarking: An International Journal, 23, 127-164.

Brockhaus, S., Kersten, W., and Knemeyer, M. (2013). Where Do We Go From Here? Progressing Sustainability Implementation Efforts Across Supply Chains. Journal of Business Logistics, 34, 167-182.

Brockhaus, S., Petersen, M. & Kersten, W., (2016). A Crossroads for Bioplastics: Exploring Product Developers' Challenges to Move Beyond Petroleum-Based Plastics, Journal of Cleaner Production, 127, 84-95.

Clouse, M., Giacalone, R.A., Olsen, T, & Patelli, L. (2017). Individual Ethical Orientations and the Perceived Acceptability of Questionable Finance Ethics Decisions. Journal of Business Ethics, 144, 549-558.

Deckop, J., Giacalone, R.A., & Jurkiewicz, C.A. (2015). Materialism and Workplace Behaviors: Does Wanting More Result in Less? Social Indicators Research, 121, 787-803.

Douthett, E., J. Duchac, and T. Petzel. (2018, in press). The Constitutionality of Uncompensated §179D(d)(4) Allocations by State, Local and Municipal Government Building Owners. The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research.

Fawcett, S., Brockhaus, S., Knemeyer, A., Fawcett, A. (2015). Sustainability as Strategy: Caught in the Luxury Trap. Supply Chain Management Review.

Giacalone, R.A. (2015). The Error of Our Whey. Public Integrity, 17,225-226.

Giacalone, R.A. & Jurkiewcz, C.A. (2015). Ethics: Spirituality in the Workplace. Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (Third Edition). pp. 1306-1307.

Giacalone, R.A., & Promisio, M.D.(2013). Broken When Entering: The Stigmatization of Goodness and Business Ethics Education. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 12, 86-101. (2014 Finalist for AMLE Best Paper Award)

Giacalone, R.A., Jurkiewicz, C.A., & Promisio, M.D. (2016) Ethics and Well-Being: The Paradoxical Implications of Individual Differences in Ethical Orientation. Journal of Business Ethics, 137(3), 491-506.

Giacalone, R.A., Promislo, M.D., & Deckop, J.R. (2017) Assessing Three Models of Materialism-Postmaterialism and Their Relationship with Well-Being: A Theoretical Extension. Journal of Business Ethics, 143, 531-541.

Giacalone, R.A., Promislo, M.D., Goldberg, D., & Giacalone, E.A. (2015). Shifting Values, Student Educational Preferences, and Ethics in the Business Curriculum. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 11, 41-68.

Harold, C.M., Oh, I-S., Holtz, B.C., Han, S., & Giacalone, R.A. (2016). Fit and Frustration as Drivers of Targeted Counterproductivity Work Behaviors: A Multifoci Perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 1513-1535

Hill, P., Jurkiewicz, C.L., Giacalone, R.A., & Fry, J.L. (2013). From Concept to Science: Continuing Steps in Workplace Spirituality Research. In R. Paloutzian, & Park, C.L. (Eds)., Handbook of Psychology and Religion, New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Jenkins, J.G., V. Popova, and M.D. Sheldon. Forthcoming, 2016. In support of public or private interests? An examination of sanctions imposed under the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Journal of Business Ethics.

Jurkiewicz, C.A. & Giacalone, R.A. (2015). Moral Development Theory. Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (Third Edition). (pp 2148-2150).

Jurkiewicz, C.A. & Giacalone, R.A., (2017). Radical Approaches to Ethical Leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Jurkiewicz, C.L. * Giacalone, R.A., (2015). Exit Interviews. In Guestt, D. & Needle, D. (Eds). Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Human Resource Management (Volume 5). New York: Wiley.

Jurkiewicz, C.L. & Giacalone, R.A. (Forthcoming), Spirituality and the Workplace. In Zsolnai, L and Flanagan, B. (Eds.) Handbook of Spirituality and Society. London: Routledge.

Jurkiewicz, C.L. and Giacalone, R.A. (2015). How Will We Know When We See It? Conceptualizing the Ethical Organization. Public Organization Review, 15(2), 1-12.

Jurkiewicz, C.L. and Giacalone, R.A. (2016). Organizational Determinants of Ethical Dysfunctionality. Journal of Business Ethics, 136, 1-12.

Petersen, M. and Brockhaus, S. (2017). Dancing in the Dark: Challenges for Product Developers to Improve and Communicate Product Sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, 162, 345-354.

Petersen, M., Brockhaus, S., Fawcett, S.E., and Knemeyer, A.M. (2017). The Ties That Bind: How a Collaboration Deficit Impedes the Development of Sustainable Products. Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, 18, 166-176.

Promislo, M.D. & Giacalone, R.A. (2013). Sick About Unethical Business. BizEd. (Winner of Honorable Mention, 2014 Tabbie Awards)

Saxton, B.M. (2016) Subjective Flourishing and Value Capture Through Human Capital. Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 13, 119-128.

















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