Laura P.  Hartman

Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics, Department of Management
Dreihaus College of Business
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Laura Pincus Hartman is on a two-year leave from DePaul University to serve as the Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.   ​Prior to her leave, Prof. Hartman served as Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s College of Commerce.  She has received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Spirit of DePaul Award, the Woman of Spirit Award in honor of St. Louise de Marillac, the University Public Service Award, the College Outstanding Service Award, and numerous university competitive research grants.​

Previously, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players of FarmVille, Words with Friends and other online games have contributed more than $14 million toward the both domestic and international social causes. 

She co-founded and now serves as Board Chair of the School of Choice Education Organization, which established and now oversees L’Ecole de Choix, a unique tri-lingual elementary school in Haiti.  From 2009 - 2011, she represented DePaul University on the Worldwide Vincentian Family’s Vincentian Board for Haiti, and was instrumental in the hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti (including its online project,  She was named to that effort after having served for a number of years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the university.  In that capacity, she was responsible for, among other programs, the administration and adjudication of the Academic Integrity Policy across the entire university (24,000+ students).  Hartman also chaired DePaul’s Task Force on Speech and Expression Principles at the request of its President, among other service contributions. 

As a globally recognized scholar, educator, trainer, service-provider and advisor, Hartman has consulted, guided and taught at multinational for-profits, non-profits and educational institutions in the field of business ethics on issues related to corporate governance, responsibility and culture, the employment relationship, global labor conditions and standards, the impact of technology on employment relationships, and, her particular expertise, the alleviation of global poverty through profitable corporate partnerships. 

Hartman has published over 80 books, cases and articles in, among other journals, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society Review, Business Ethics: A European Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics.  Her research and consulting efforts have also garnered national media attention by publications such as Fortune Small Business where she was named one of the “Top 10 Minds for Small Business,” as well as the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. Her texts (authored or co-authored) include:

•   Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of                   Obedience (Cambridge University Press)
Alleviating Poverty through Profitable Partnerships: Globalization, Markets & Economic           Well-Being (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Publishers) 
•   Effective & Ethical Practices in Global Corporations (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Publishers) •   Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Management Approaches to Global Labor Challenges       (Praeger)
Employment Law for Business 1E – 7E (McGraw-Hill)
Legal and Ethical Implications of Business Decision-Making in a Diverse Society
(McGraw- Hill UK) 
•   Perspectives in Business Ethics 1E – 3E (McGraw-Hill) 
•   Business Ethics: Decision-Making for Personal Integrity & Social Responsibility 1E - 3E               (McGraw-Hill)​

She has been invited to serve as the Gourlay Professor at the Melbourne Business School/Trinity College at the University of Melbourne (2007-2008), an invited professor at INSEAD (France), HEC (France), the Université Paul Cezanne Aix Marseille III, and at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, among other European universities.  On behalf of the accrediting body for schools of business, AACSB, Hartman is the global coordinator of the regular, bi-annual seminar series, “Teaching Business Ethics.”

Previously, Hartman held DePaul’s Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics and subsequently was named the Grainger Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, where she was named one of the top five professors of the year.  She has also served as an adjunct professor of business law and ethics at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where she was placed on the Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching. 

In 2003, Hartman was awarded the First Annual Vincentian Ethics Award.  She previously served as Director of the Institute for Business & Professional Ethics, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  She is Past-President of the Society for Business Ethics, presently co-chairs its Committee on International Collaborations and directs its Professional Mentorship Program.  She has served in a leadership role with the French CSR association ADERSE (in collaboration with SBE) and is Co-Founder and was Co-Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In addition, she was co-editor of the Section's Employment and Labor Law Quarterly, and served as President of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business for the 1994-1995 term.

In her professional role working with corporations and other institutions, Hartman has engaged in ethics training workshops and presentations for a number of local and global companies and professional associations at the employee, executive and board levels.  In particular, she has worked with firms in industries such as regulated utilities (Nicor, Exelon), healthcare (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Abbott), financial services (Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Fiserv, Investment Management Consultants Association), education operations (University of Texas System, Roosevelt University) and retail/manufacturing (Kerry Foods, Nike).  Her ability to design and to translate ethics training appropriate to each of these industries and staff levels is one of her noteworthy strengths. Hartman’s efforts on behalf of her clients involve a comprehensive risk analysis of a firm’s vulnerabilities from an ethics perspective, where necessary, followed by the development and delivery of programs in a variety of areas.

Hartman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Chicago with her two daughters, Emma and Rachel.​​​​​