Norman Bowie
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Norman Bowie

Professor Emeritus
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • AB 1964
    philosophy Bates College

  • PhD 1968
    philosophy University of Rochester


  • Corporate responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Morality of markets
  • Sustainability

NORMAN E. BOWIE is the former Elmer L Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota. He has authored or edited 16 books and over 75 articles. Professor Bowie is the leading scholar in the application of Kant's moral philosophy to business. His book on that topic is Business Ethics: A Kantian Perspective and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. His co-edited text Ethical Theory and Business is in the 9th edition. He has held a position as Dixons Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at the London Business School and been a fellow at Harvard's Program in Ethics and the Professions. He is past president of the Society for Business Ethics, the American Society for Value Inquiry and is past Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association. He is the former Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly In August 2009 he received the first life time achievement award in scholarship present by the Society for Business Ethics. In 2012 a feschrift Kantian Business Ethics honoring his work was published by Edward Elgar

Selected Works

"Economics: Friend or Foe of Ethics." Politeia 89: 7-16 (2008).
"Organizational Integrity and Moral Climates" in Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics, 2009.
Business Ethics: A Kantian Perspective, Norman E. Bowie (Blackwell, 1999).
University-Business Partnerships: An Assessment, Norman E. Bowie (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994).
Ethical Theory and Business (8th ed.), eds. Norman E. Bowie, Tom L. Beauchamp and Denis Arnold (Prentice-Hall, 2008).
"Sweatshops and Respect for Persons," Norman E. Bowie and Denis Arnold, Business Ethics Quarterly (2003).
Management Ethics, Norman E. Bowie and Patricia H. Werhane (Blackwell, 2004).
"Privacy Rights on the Internet," Norman E. Bowie and Karim Jamal, Business Ethics Quarterly (2005).
"Digital Rights and Wrongs: Intellectual Property in the Information Age," Business and Society Review (2005).
"Kantian Perspective on the Characteristics of Ethics Programs," Norman E. Bowie and Scott Reynolds, Business Ethics Quarterly (2004).
Blackwell Guide to Business Ethics, ed. Norman E. Bowie (Blackwell, 2002).

Current Activities

Community Relationships

  • Advisory Board, Center for Ethics in Financial Services, The American College, 2009

  • Elected Talbot County Board of Education, 2008

Current Research

  • Political economy

  • Corporate governance

Editorial Appointments

  • Senior Contributing Editor, Journal of Business Ethics Education

  • Editorial Board, Business Ethics Quarterly

Honors and Awards

  • James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Human Values, 1997

  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, 1993

  • Curtis Cup for Outstanding Teaching, Carlson Executive MBA program, 1993

  • Society for Business Ethics Lifetime Achievement Award in Scholarship, 2009

  • Carlson School Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008

Scholarly Service

  • Fellow, Program in Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University, 1996-97

  • President, Society for Business Ethics, 1988

  • Verizon Visiting Professor in Business Ethics and Technology, Bentley College, March 2004

  • Executive Secretary American Philosophical Association, 1972-75

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Dixons Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, London Business School, 1999-2000