Patricia Werhane

Patricia Werhane

Adjunct Teaching Professor of Business Administration and Center for Professional Responsibility Faculty Fellow

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1969
  • M.A., Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1964
  • B.A., Philosophy, Wellesley College, 1957

Positions Held

  • Adjunct Teaching Professor of Business Administration, Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 to present
  • Visiting Scholar, Opus School of Business, University of St Thomas, 2014 to present
  • Fulbright Specialist, U.S. Department of State, 2013-2018
  • Managing Director, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University, 2003-2014
  • Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Kellstadt School of Management, DePaul University, 2003-2014

Recent Publications

  • Werhane, P. (2017). Silo Mentalities. Penn Law Book Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Werhane, P. (2017). Wide Reflective Equilibrium as a Research Approach to Business Ethics Research Approaches to Business Ethics.
  • Werhane, P. (2016). Corporate Moral Agency and the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights in the UN Guiding Principles: Do Corporations have Moral Rights? Business and Human Rights Journal, 5-20.
  • Werhane, P., Ehret, M., & Bisignano, A. (2016). Designing Sustainable Business with the Base of the Pyramid. The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition Greenleaf Press.

Other Publications


  • Werhane, P. (2015). Competing with Integrity: Richard De George and the Ethics of Global Business. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Werhane, P. (2015). Global Economic Ethic—Consequences for Global Business: A Response. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 34 157-161.
  • Werhane, P., & Wren, T. (2015). Human Rights as Social Constructions. Listening, 49 121-36.
  • Werhane, P., & Bevan, D. (2014). The Inexorable Sociality of Moral Agency and the Indelible Role of Other(s) in Adam Smith. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Werhane, P., & Tavanti, M. (2013). On Complacency, Corporate Cliffs and Power Distance: Global Leadership Ethics from Gender and Cultural Studies Perspectives Leadership and the Humanities, 21-29.

Book Chapters

  • Werhane, P., & McCall, J., ed. Michael Asslander nd Bernd Wagner. (Ed.) (2016). Employee Rights. Philosophy and Labor Berlin: Suhrkamp-Verlag.
  • Werhane, P., & Bevan, D., G. Enderle and P. Murphy (Ed.) (2015). Capitalism In The 21st Century: Tracing Adam Smith in Emergent Variations of Free Enterprise. Ethical Innovation in Business and the Economy Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Werhane, P., Schyve, P., Filerman, G., & Mills, A. (2014). Business Ethics and Organizational Ethics for Health Care Healthcare Ethics for Healthcare Organizations: A Moral Imperative ( pp. 79-94). Chicago: Health Administration Press.

Books and Monographs

  • Werhane, P., Rolph, T., & Albert, P. (2014). Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book. Dordrecht: Springer.

Honors and Awards

  • Center for Professional Responsibility Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2019 to present


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