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New Director Appointed to Lead the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

January 20, 2020

Toronto – A new director has been appointed to lead the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Stéphane Côté, a professor of organizational behaviour and director of the PhD Program, will lead the Centre and hold the Geoffrey Conway Chair in Business Ethics.

Under Prof. Côté’s leadership, the Clarkson Centre will advance academic research on issues pertaining to ethics in business, including topics such as ethical decision-making, leadership, and cultures in organizations. It will also sponsor activities that strengthen research on business ethics at the Rotman School, induce collaboration among business ethics researchers, and create opportunities for collaboration across other academic units at the University of Toronto and beyond. In addition, the Clarkson Centre will contribute to improving the pedagogy of ethics courses at the Rotman School and brings thought leadership on business ethics to the business community. Further information is online.

Founded in 1988 by Professor Emeritus Max B.E. Clarkson (1922-1998), a pioneer in business ethics and stakeholder theory and Dean of the Rotman School of Management from 1975 to 1980, the Clarkson Centre grew from the belief that as the relationship between business and society increases in complexity, the need for organizations to manage social and ethical issues becomes critical. During the 1980s and 1990s, the Clarkson Centre was instrumental in the development of codes of ethics and codes of conduct for many of Canada's largest corporations. In recent years, the Clarkson Centre had also performed important work on the effectiveness of boards of directors and studying the governance of large public companies. In the fall of 2019, the mandate of the Clarkson Centre was focused on business ethics after the establishment of the David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation, which will lead the School’s initiatives on governance and board effectiveness.

Prof. Stéphane Côté is Geoffrey Conway Chair in Business Ethics and director of the PhD program at the Rotman School. He received his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. He studies how emotional intelligence enhances performance and well-being in the workplace, and how social class and economic inequality relate to prosocial and ethical behavior. He is an elected Fellow of the International Association for Applied Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Personnel Psychology, and has served as Associate Editor of Emotion. He teaches The Socially Intelligent Manager in the MBA program and seminars on organizational behavior and research methods in the PhD program.

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