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Brad Agle

George W. Romney Endowed Professor,
Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics

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Biography

Brad Agle is the George W. Romney Endowed Professor, and Professor of Ethics and Leadership in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). He also serves as a Fellow, and Chair of the Ethics Initiative in the Wheatley Institution at BYU; as Chair of the biennial Teaching Ethics in Universities conference; as Past President of the International Association for Business and Society; on the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly; and on the Advisory Board of RLG Group.

Previous to his appointment at BYU in 2009, he spent 17 years as a professor of Strategy, Organizations, and Environment in the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also served for eight years as the inaugural director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. During his time in Pittsburgh, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Executive Committee of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, the Executive Board of the International Association for Business and Society, as a Senior Research Fellow with the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., as Co-chair of the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award, and as a judge for the American Business Ethics Awards. Earlier in his career he was the Andersen Fellow for Chief Executive Studies and Research Director at the Center for Leadership and Career Studies at Emory University (currently the Chief Executive Leadership Institute at Yale).

Dr. Agle is an active researcher concentrating on business ethics, stakeholder management, CEO leadership and religious influences on business. His writings appear in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, Sloan Management Review, Leadership Quarterly, and Organizational Dynamics. His work has been featured in various media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and CNN; and he has been a guest on CNBC’s “Morning Call”, “Power Lunch”, and “Closing Bell”. His publication awards include the Best Article award from the International Association for Business and Society, and the ANBAR citation of excellence. His 1997 article on stakeholder management has been found to be the most heavily cited article in the field of corporate social responsibility.

A recipient of multiple teaching awards, including Distinguished Professor of the Year honors, Dr. Agle teaches courses in business ethics and strategic leadership, and he has taught in Brazil, China, Britain, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. His teaching brought the University of Pittsburgh the distinction of being the #2 ranked executive MBA program in the world in business ethics by Business Week. In the undergraduate area, Dr. Agle created the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics, the world’s first integrated undergraduate specialty in ethical leadership in business. He has provided board training, executive level seminars, and top executive consulting to organizations including Alcoa, Ceska Sporitelna, Federated Investors, Giant Eagle, Mellon Financial, Marathon Petroleum, St. Clair Hospital, US Steel, U.S. Marine Corps, and Wabtec. He has also served as an expert witness on business ethics. In 2005 he was honored by the Pittsburgh Business Times with their Fast Tracker award as one of the young people making significant contributions to his/her profession and community. His community involvement included service with the Woodlands Foundation, Boy Scouts, and as Bishop of the Cranberry Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Dr. Agle received a Ph.D. in Business Management from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Information Management from BYU. Prior to his academic career, he worked for Seattle First National Bank and IBM. In 2014 he published the book “Research Companion to Behavioral Ethics in Organizations: Constructs and Measures.” In 2016 he published the book "The Business Ethics Field Guide." Brad and his wife Kristi are the parents of Erik, Lindsay, Christian, and Amanda.

Education

  • PhD, Organization & Environment, University of Washington, 1993
  • B.S., Information Management, Brigham Young University, 1986

Group Affiliations

  • Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics — Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) is a 501(c)(6) member-based association for regulatory compliance professionals. — 2017
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics — The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is a comprehensive, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics. — 2016
  • Ethics and Compliance Initiative — ECI is devoted to the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions, and provides research about ethical standards, workplace integrity, and compliance practices and processes — 2015
  • International Society for Business Ethics and Economics — The first world-wide professional association to focus exclusively on the study of business, economics, and ethics. — 2008
  • Society for Business Ethics — Primary professional association for professors of business ethics — 1993
  • International Association for Business and Society — Primary professional association for professors in the field of business and society — 1990
  • Academy of Management — Primary professional organization for professors of management — 1989

Experience

Other

  • Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, 2000–2009
  • Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, University of Pittsburgh, 2000–2007
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, 1994–2000
  • Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, 1992–1994
  • Research Director & Instructor, Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Emory University, 1990–1992

Awards

  • Best Article Award, International Association for Business and Society, 2018
  • Finalist for Best Book Award, Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, 2016
  • George W. Romney Endowed Professorship, Brigham Young University, 2009
  • Fellow, Wheatley Institution, 2009
  • Fellow, International Association for Business and Society, 2020
  • Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award, BYU Management Society, 2020
  • South Zone Contributor Award, USA Synchro, 2018
  • Outstanding Citizenship Award, Marriott School of Management, 2016
  • Distinguished Professor of the Year, University of Pittsburgh EMBA program - Sao Paulo, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, EMBA program, Undergraduate Program, 2008
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, EMBA program, 2007
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, EMBA program, 2005
  • Fast Trackers - Young people making significant professional and community contributions, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2005
  • Best Article Award, International Association for Business and Society, 1999

Languages

  • German

BYU Citizenship

  • Promotion and CFS Committee — Committee/Council Chair — July 2015
  • University Honor Code Advisory Committee — Committee/Council Member — September 2011
  • Ethics Strategy and Integration in the Marriott School — Other — July 2009
  • Ethics Initiative in the Wheatley Institution — Committee/Council Chair — January 2009–June 2020
  • Faculty Advisory Council — Committee/Council Member — September 2015–May 2018
  • Mentoring — New Faculty Mentor — March 2010–December 2016
  • Pre-PhD Student Organization — Student Org Advisor — January 2010–October 2015
  • Promotion and CFS Committee — Committee/Council Member — September 2012–September 2015
  • MBA Committee — Committee/Council Member — September 2009–August 2013

Professional Citizenship

  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Conference-Related Role, February 2017
  • Business Ethics Quarterly, Editorial Review Board Member, November 2015
  • Society for Business Ethics, Conference-Related Role, August 2014
  • BYU Management Society, Other, September 2010
  • Academy of Management, Conference-Related Role, August 2010
  • Society for Business Ethics and the Wheatley Institution, Officer (specify in Other), July 2009
  • Academy of Management, Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, January 2009
  • International Association for Business and Society, Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, January 2009
  • Strategic Management Society, Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, January 2009
  • International Association for Business and Society, Officer, March 2014–March 2019
  • International Association for Business and Society, Officer (specify in Other), June 2017–June 2018
  • USA Synchro, Committee/Council Member, May 2011–March 2018
  • Brigham Young University and Notre Dame University, Other, January 2011–November 2013
  • Invited Conference on Stakeholder Theory, Other, September 2009–December 2010
  • Society for Business Ethics, Other, January 2009–December 2010

Consulting

  • Fabian VanCott — Expert Witness on Business Ethics — November 2020
  • National Filter Media — Provide ethics training for sales professionals across the company — June 2018–June 2018
  • Thorpe, North & Western — Provided services as an expert witness in a lawsuit — October 2016–December 2017
  • Qualtrics — Provided a training session on executive leadership to visiting speakers at their annual customer forum — November 2017–November 2017
  • Marathon Petroleum — Provided ethics training for the ethics and compliance officers and liaisons at Marathon Petroleum — October 2017–October 2017
  • Squires Accounting — Providing Ethics Training for professionals in a regional accounting firm — December 2010–January 2017
  • Anderson/Kidman — Expert Witness in Business Ethics — September 2013–March 2014
  • Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless — Expert Witness Work in Business Ethics — October 2012–May 2013