Curriculum Vitae

Richard P. Nielsen


Professor, Organizational Studies Department                                                  

Carroll School of Management                                                 

Boston College, Fulton Hall 430

Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Office phone, (617) 552-0456

FAX: 617-244-0204






Biography. Richard P. Nielsen is Professor, Organization Studies Department, Carroll School of Management, Boston College. He works in the areas of ethics engagement, communication, and leadership methods. He was elected to the Board of Directors and will be serving as President and Program Chair of the Society For Business Ethics. He is currently serving as Senior Editor for Ethics and Social Responsibility related articles of Organization Studies, the journal of the European Group for Organizational Studies. His publications include The Politics of Ethics: Methods For Acting, Learning, And Sometimes Fighting, With Others In Addressing Ethics Problems In Organizational Life. Oxford University Press, Ruffin Series in Business Ethics. In addition, he has published more than 75 articles in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business and Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Strategic Management Journal. He has consulted and done executive training work in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America with many organizations such as The American Friends Service Committee, the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration, Citigroup, the City of New York, Eurobank, the European Union, IBM, the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norges Bank Investment Management/Government Pension Fund-Global, Novo Nordisk, the United Nations, the U.S. Office of Education, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He was born in New York City and is married with two children.


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Research and Publications


Service and Experience, including:

- Editorial and Professional Associations

- Service within Boston College

- Major consulting, international teaching, and applied research projects

- Community service

Personal Data and Education History



Research and Publications



- Richard P. Nielsen, The Politics of Ethics: Methods For Acting, Learning, and Sometimes Fighting, With Others In Addressing Ethics Problems in Organizational Life. New York: Oxford University Press, The Ruffin Series in Business Ethics, 1996.


Articles,  Book Chapters, and Special Issues of Journals

In earlier versions, most of the following seventy-plus articles and book chapters were presented at the national conferences of the Academy of Management or The Society For Business Ethics.


- Organization Studies Special Issue, “In Search of Organizational Virtue: Moral Agency in Organizations,” Richard P. Nielsen, Editor, March, 2006.


- “Editorial Introduction to Special Issue,” “In Search of Organizational Virtue: Moral Agency in Organizations,” Richard P. Nielsen, Editor, March, 2006.


- “ Think Macro, Act Micro: Investor Capitalism and Ethics Action Methods,” in Organizational Behavior Reader, Joyce Osland and David Kolb, Editor, Prentice-Hall, 2006.


- “Can Ethical Organizational Character Be Stimulated and Enabled?: ‘Upbuilding Dialog As Crisis Management Method,” Journal of Business Ethics, 2005.


- “Systematic Corruption in Financial Services, Types of Capitalism, and Ethics Intervention Methods,” Business & Professional Ethics Journal, Vol. 23, Nos. 1&2, 2004, pp. 1-31. Keynote address to Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Conference on “Ethics in the Financial Services after Sarbanes-Oxley,” and published as Special Issue of Business & Professional Ethics Journal, Norman Bowie and Robert J. Baum, Special Editors.


- “Ethics Intervention Methods for Ecclesial Professionals,” in Jean Bartunek, Mary Ann Hinsdale, and James Keenan, Editors, Church Ethics and its Organizational Context. New York: Sheed & Ward of Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.


- “What can financial professionals do about unethical behavior in the financial services industries,” Oeconomico Tahydromos, 2004.


- “Ethics and Organizational Theory: Varieties and Dynamics of Constrained Optimization in Different Types of Capitalism,” in Haridimos Tsoukas and Christian Knudsen (Eds.),  The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Theory: Meta-Theoretical Perspectoves. London: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 476-501. 


- “Corruption Networks and Implications For Ethical Corruption Reform,” Journal of Business Ethics, 42, pp. 125-149, 2003.


- “Business Ethics and the U.S. Corporate Corruption Scandals, Oeconomico Tahydromos, 2003.


- “Can Ethical Character Be Stimulated and Enabled? An Action-Learning Approach To Teaching and Learning Organization Ethics,” in John Dienhart, Dennis Moberg, Ron Duska, (Eds.), The Next Phase of Business Ethics: Integrating Psychlogy and Ethics, Research In Ethical Issues in Organizations, JAI Press, 2003, pp. 51-80. Reprinted from earlier journal article.


- “Changing Unethical Organizational Behavior,” in Joyce S. Osland, David A. Kolb, and Irwin M. Rubin, Eds., The Organizational Behavior Reader, Prentice-Hall, 2003,  Reprinted from earlier journal article.


- “Why do we remain silent in the face of unethical organizational behavior,” Boston College: The Church in the 21st Century, 2003.


- “What can we do about unethical organizational silence,” Boston College: The Church in the 21st Century, 2003.  


 - “Business Citizenship and United States ‘Investor Capitalism’: A Critical Analysis,” Business Ethics Quarterly: Ruffin Series, No. 3, 2002, pp. 231-241.


- “The Politics of Long Term Corruption Reform: A Combined Social Movement and Action-Learning Approach,” Business Ethics Quarterly, 2000, 10, 1, January, pp. 305-317.


- “Do Internal Due Process Systems Permit Adequate Political and Moral Space for Ethics Voice, Praxis, and Community?” Journal of Business Ethics, 24, 1 2000, pp. 1-27.


- “Intrapreneurship as a Peaceful and Ethicsl Transition Strategy Toward Privatization,” Journal of Business Ethics, 25, 2000, pp. 157-167.


- “The Politics of Resisting and Reforming Systematic Extortion By Tax Auditors-Inspectors,” Business Ethics: A European Review, 2000, 9, 2, April, pp. 76-86. Published by the European Business Ethics Network, with Apostolos Ballas.


- “Can Ethical Character Be Stimulated and Enabled? An Action-Learning Approach To Teaching and Learning Organizational Ethics,” Business Ethics Quarterly, 8, 3, July, 1998, pp. 581-504.


- “Quaker Foundations for Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership and ‘Friendly Disentangling’ Method,” in Insights on Leadership: Service, Stewardship, Spirit, and Servant-Leadership, Editor, Larry C. Spears, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998, pp. 126-144.


- “Hannah Arendt,” The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics. Oxford, England, 1997, pp. 26-29.


- “Organization Ethics,” The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics. Oxford, England, 1997, pp. 467-468.


- “Praxis,” The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics. Oxford, England, 1997, pp. 498-500.


- “Opening Narrow, Routinized Schemata To Ethical Stakeholder Consciousness and Action,” Business and Society, 1996, 35, 4, pp. 483-519, co-authored with Jean M. Bartunek.


- Varieties of Dialectic Change Processes,” Journal of Management Inquiry, 5, 4, September, 1996, pp. 276-292.


-  "Woolman's 'I Am We' Triple-Loop, Action-Learning: Origin and Application in  Organization Ethics," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 29, 1, March, 1993, pp. 117-138.


- "Triple-Loop Action Learning As Human Resources Management Method," Research in International Human Resources Management, JAI Research Series, 1993, pp. 75-94.


- "Varieties of Postmodernism as Moments In Ethics Action-Learning," Business Ethics Quarterly, 3, 3, 1993, pp. 251-269.


- "Organizational Ethics From A Perspective of Action (Praxis)," Business Ethics Quarterly, 3, 2, 1993, pp.131-151.


- "'I Am We' Consciousness and Dialog As Organizational Ethics Method," Journal of Business Ethics, 10, 9, l991, pp. 649-663.


- "Dialogic Leadership As Organizational Ethics Action (Praxis) Method," Journal of Business Ethics, 9, l990, pp. 765-783.


- "Changing Unethical Organizational Behavior," Academy of Management Executive, 3, 2, l989, pp. 123-130.


- "Cooperative Strategy," Strategic Management Journal, 9, 5, Sept.-Oct., l988, pp. 475-492.


- "Limitations of Ethical Reasoning As An Action (Praxis) Method," Journal of Business Ethics, 7, l988, pp. 725-733.


- "Cooperative Strategies," Planning Review, March, 1986, pp. l6-20, reprinted in McKinsey Quarterly, (manager oriented version of SMJ "Cooperative Strategy" article.)


- "Piggybacking For Nonprofits: A Shared Costs Based Cross-Subsidization Strategy," Strategic Management Journal, 7, Spring, l986, pp. 20l - 2l5.


- "Alternative Managerial Responses To Unethical Management," paper won first prize in the annual "Best Paper in Corporate and Organization Planning" competition given jointly by the Foundation for Administrative Research, the Planning Executives Institute, and the North American Society for Corporate Planning. The award was presented at the annual Academy of Management convention. The paper is published in the November, 1985, Planning Review, pp. 24-43.


- "Intrapreneurship Strategy for Internal Markets - Corporate, Nonprofit and Government Institution Cases," (strategy for balancing cooperation and competition) Strategic Management Journal, 6, 1985, pp. l8l-l89 (with Michael Peters and Robert Hisrich).


- Book review/essay on The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod. New York: Basic Books, l984 in The Academy of Management Review, 10, 2, April, 1985, pp. 368-37l.


- Book review/essay on Reason in Human Affairs by Herbert A. Simon, Stanford University Press, l983 in Strategic Management Journal, 6, 2, April-June, l985, pp. l92-l94.


- "Arendt's Action Philosophy and the Manager as Eichmann, Richard III, Faust, or Institution Citizen," California Management Review, 26, 3, Spring l984, pp. 191-201.


- "Pluralism in the Mass Media: Can Management Participation Help?" Journal  of Business Ethics, 3, l984, pp. 335-34l.


- "How Piggybacking Affects Your Tax Exempt Status," Fund Raising Management, June, l984, pp. 1, 32-40, l02.


- Book review/essay on, Do It My Way Or You're Fired: Employee Rights and the Changing Role of Management Prerogatives by David W. Ewing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, l983 in The Academy of Management Review, 8, 4, l983, pp. 70l-703.


- "Training Programs: Pulling Them into Sync with Your Company's Strategic Planning," Personnel, 60, 3, May-June, l983, pp. l9-26.


- "Strategic Planning and Consensus Building for External Relations - Five Cases," Long Range Planning, l6, 6, l983, pp. 74-8l.


- "Industrial Policy: Review and Historical Perspective," Public Administration Review, 43, 5, September-October l983, pp. 471-475.


- "Should a Country Move Toward International Strategic Market Planning," California Management Review, 25, 2, January l983, pp. 34-44.


- Book review/essay on The Quaker Enterprise: Friends in Business by David Windsor. London: Frederick Muller Limited, l980 in Academy of Management Review, 8, 3, July, l982, pp. 506-508.


- "Strategic Piggybacking: A Self-Subsidization Strategy for Nonprofit Institutions," Sloan Management Review, 23, 4, Summer l982, pp. 65-69.


- Book review/essay on David Riesman, On Higher Education: The Academic

Enterprise In An Era Of Rising Student Consumerism, Jossey-Bass, l981, in International Journal of Institutional Management in Higher Education, 6, 2, July, l982, pp. 169-l72.


- "Toward A Method For Building Consensus During Strategic Planning,"  Sloan Management Review, 22, 4, Summer l98l, pp. 29-40.


- "Use of Arbitration in Government-Business Relations," Public Relations Review, 7, 2, Summer, l98l, pp. 29-32.


- Book review/essay on Ombudsmen Compared by Frank Stacey, Cambridge University Press, l979, in The Academy of Management Review, 5, l, January, l980, pp. l44-l46.


- "Evaluating Opportunities For Academic Programs With A Program-Employment Opportunities-Competing Institutions Index," College and University, 19, 1, Summer, 1980, pp. 178-182.


- Book review/essay on Contested Terrain: The Transformation of the Workplace in the Twentieth Century by Richard Edwards, Basic Books in The Academy of Management Review, 5, 3, October, l980, pp. l44-l46.


- "How Inclusive Should a Consulting Report Be in a Participative Decision-Making Situation?" Personnel Review, Summer, l980, pp. 54-55.


- "Stages In Moving Toward Cooperative Problem Solving Labor Relations And A Case Study," Human Resource Management, l8, 3, Fall, l979, pp. 2-9.


- "Using Wage Indexing To Counter Stagflation," Business Horizons, August, l979, pp. 32-33.


- "Cultural-Economic Nationalism and International Trade Policy," The Academy of Management Review, 4, 3, July, l979, pp. 449-452.


 - Alternatives For Increasing Choice In Concentrated Market Situations," Journal of Consumer Affairs, l4, 3, Winter, l979, pp. 282-296.


- "Should Executives Be Jailed For Organizational Behavior That Causes Worker Injuries and Deaths?" Labor Law Journal, 29, 9, September, l978, pp. 582-586.

- "Legal-Ethical Interactions in Journalism," in Bernard Rubin, ed., Questioning Media Ethics. N.Y. Praeger, l978, pp. 180-208.


- "Benefit-type Seniority, Competitive-type Seniority, and Retroactive Compensation For Past Discrimination," The American Business Law Journal, l5, 2, Fall, l977, pp. 242-248.


- Implications Of The Equal Credit Act Amendments of l976," Journal of Consumer Affairs, 11, 1, Winter, 1977, pp. 167-170.


- "Public Policy and Price Discrimination In Favor Of Nonprofit Organizations," The Academy of Management Review, 2, 2, April l977, pp. 316-319.


- "Court Gives Edge To Nonprofit Broadcasters," Journalism Quarterly, 54, 2, Summer, l977, pp. 385-7, 440.


- "Support For Live Artistic Media," The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 35, 2, April, l976, pp. 149-160 (C. McQueen and A.B. Nielsen).


- Book Review, Charles Kadushin, The American Intellectual Elite. Boston, Little, Brown, l974 in Public Opinion Quarterly, 40, Fall, l976, pp. 4l7-4l9.


- "International Trade and Policy in Mass Media Materials: Television Programs, Films, Books, and Magazines," CULTURES, 3, 3, l976, l96-205.


- "U.S. Penetration of the Canadian Television Program Market," The Columbia Journal of World Business, Spring, l976, pp. l30-l39.


- "Canadian TV Content Regulation and U.S. Cultural 'Overflow'," Journal of Broadcasting, 20, 4, Fall, l976, pp. 461-466.


- "Performing Arts Audience Segments: A Case Study," Performing Arts Review: The Journal of Management & Law of the Arts, 6, 2, l975, pp. 301-312.


- "Attendance Types of Performing Arts Events and Explanations For Attendance and Non-Attendance," Performing Arts Review: The Journal of Management & Law of the Arts, 6, 1, l975, pp. 43-70 (with Angela B. Nielsen and Charles McQueen).              


- "The Arts As Persuasive Communication for Social Planning," Mass Communications Review, May, l975, pp. l7-22.


- "Communications and Fatalism," Journalism Quarterly, 5l, l, Spring, l974, pp. 56-6l (with Angela B. Nielsen).


- "Communicating With and Motivating High Fatalists," The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, October, l973, 32, 4, pp. 337-350.




Teaching evaluations.

 - Ph.D. students, MBA students, undergraduate students, and executives evaluate me as a teacher between 4.3 and 5.0 on a scale of 5.0.


Courses taught.

- Among the courses I have taught are the following: Organizational Ethics Methods; Organizational Behavior; Negotiating; Leadership; Organization Change and Transformation - An Intellectual History of the Idea of Change; Human Resources Management; International Management; Introduction to Management; and, Corruption and Ethics Reform Methods.


Ph.D. Students

- Several of my students have won Best Divisional Paper awards at the annual Academy of Management meetings for papers they wrote for my classes and/or independent studies.  


Editorial and Professional Service


- Society For Business Ethics and Business Ethics Quarterly. I was elected to the Board of Directors and will be serving as President and Program Chair of the Society For Business Ethics. I have been a member of the Society for Business Ethics for more than twenty years, was chairperson of the committee that wrote the original by-laws of the society, and have served on the Editorial Board of Business Ethics Quarterly since its inception


- Organization Studies and European Group for Organization Studies. I am currently serving as Senior Editor for Ethics and Social Responsibility related articles of Organization Studies, the journal of the European Group for Organizational Studies.


- Academy of Management. I have presented papers, organized and participated in symposia at about twenty-five Academy meetings primarily in the Social Issues in Management, Organization Development and Change, Conflict Resolution, and Human Resources divisions.  


 - Editorial Referee (different times):  Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Society, Columbia Journal of World Business, The Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, Human Resources Management, Journal of  Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Sloan Management Review, and Strategic  Management Journal.


- Reporter/researcher, The New York Times (l978) on project concerning criminal  penalties for managers in situations where consumer and employee injuries and deaths are caused by organizational behavior.


- University of Virginia, Biannual Ruffin Lecture Series, Business and the  Humanities, Seminar Participant, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002.


 Service Within Boston College

- Director, Ph.D. Program in Organization Studies, 1997 to 2001.

- Member, Ethics Initiative Committee, 1986 to present.

- Board Member, Faith, Peace and Justice Program, 1990 to present.

- Co-Coordinator, Boston College Jesuit Institute Faculty Seminar on “Institutional Impediments To Ethical Behavior,” 1999 to 2001.

- Member, Boston College Jesuit Institute, Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Committee.

- Member, Organizational Studies Ph.D. Committee.

- Faculty Advisor, Human Resources and Organizational Development  Academy, 1988-1996.

- Chairperson, International Management Committee. 

- Academic coordinator, six week summer international management program for international managers, Boston College, 1985-1987.

- Member, joint Ph.D. Sociology and MBA degree program committee, 1981-1986.

- Undergraduate Capstone Course Committee, Boston College. Capstone course tries to integrate public life careers, private life, and spiritual philosophy, 1991-1993.

- PULSE Program, taught Negotiating in the PULSE Program, an undergraduate "social service and academic reflection" program, BC.

- Coordinator, SOM Works in Progress faculty seminars, BC, 1982-1985.

- Member, University Planning Council, BC, 1983-1985.

- Chairperson, MBA Core Committee, BC, 1984-1985.


Major Consulting, International Teaching, and Applied Research Projects.


- Visiting Aristides Daskalopoulos Professor of Business Ethics, Athens Laboratory of Business Administration. Helping develop and teach in an MBA program in Greece that is also a modernization and ethics reform institution and helping plan and participate in ethics conferences with Greek ethics reform organizations such as the Greek Transparency International with funding from the Aristides Daskalopoulos Foundation.

- Norges Bank Investment Management/Government Pension Fund-Global. Helped develop and lead seminar for Corporate Governance Group on  “Ethics Engagement and Communication Methods For Institutional Investors and Good Corporate Governance.”

- Novo Nordisk. Executive education seminar on business ethics and social responsibility methods.

- Eurobank. Executive education course on business ethics and social responsibility methods.

- International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway. Occasionally help design and plan programs on ethics methods, corruption reform, and negotiating in peace making and refugee relief programs.

- Arthur D. Little School of Management, taught Negotiating course.

- First Call Corporation, helped plan consensus building effort for developing standard in financial services industry. 

- Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Zurich. Helped with research, education and training in the area of bureaucracy and ethics practice.

- Arthur D. Little and U.S. Agency for International Development. Needs  assessment, planning and teaching of international management programs in Pakistan.

- GSX/Genstar. Conducted feasibility analysis of starting a new business  unit for introducing new technology for precision testing underground gasoline and chemical storage tanks.

- Academic program coordinator, six week summer international  management course for international managers, Boston College.

- National Commission For Cooperative Education, U.S. Department of Education, The Ford Foundation. Helped teach, plan and consult on change management and organizational development in higher education institutions.

- WGBH Educational Foundation. Helped develop, build consensus internally and externally for strategy and operations changes; helped develop problem solving versus adversary approach to employee and labor relations. The Foundation holds the licenses for and operates three television stations and one radio station.

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Research grant to study and report on how union contracts of media professionals can influence free expression and choice in concentrated market situations, and to study and report on trade patterns and possible regulation of international trade in television programs, films, books, and magazines.

- International Human Resources Development Corporation. Analyzed the feasibility of renting and buying films, television programs, and music for nonprofit in-house institution use in international waters and territories.

- Krannert Center For The Performing Arts, The University of Illinois, Urbana. Research Director and Organization Development consultant.

- New York City. Trade Union Work Coordinator, assigned new construction and maintenance contracts among various trade unions.

- Miscellaneous consulting, research, and teaching with IBM, Citicorp,  the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Albany International, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Community Service

Society of Friends (Quakers) - Member, Wellesley Meeting; Friends World Committee For Consultation;  Nominating Committee, New England Yearly Meeting; Clerk, Income Distribution Committee; Board of Managers of Investments and Property Funds, New England Yearly Meeting; Ministry and Counsel Committee, Wellesley Friends Meeting; Education Committee member and teacher, Wellesley Friends Meeting; Peace Education Committee, American Friends Service Committee, New England Region; Co-clerk, Central Illinois Area American Friends Service Committee.


Personal Data

Date of birth: April 4, 1946

Place of birth: New York, New York.

Citizenship: U.S.A.


Education History

Ph.D., Management, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1972.

M.A., Business and Applied Economics, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia., PA, 1969.

B.S., Economics and Finance, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967.