• Joanne B. Ciulla
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 50)


For the reader who has made it to the end of the book or perhaps wandered on to this page, I would like to offer a few closing reflections on my work in business ethics and leadership ethics. Pulling these papers together and seeing them next to each other was a curious experience because they have been published in disparate places over a long period of time. In contrast to business school scholars today, who are told that the only thing that counts is publishing in “top tier” journals, I have published promiscuously – never worrying about where my work landed. Many of the publications have appeared in obscure books and journals or the collections of friends or colleagues. I write when I have something to say and I am willing to say it to anyone, anywhere. This attitude accounts for the joy that I get from my work, and the gratitude I feel towards anyone willing to take the time to read it. I have always thought the most important obligation of writing is to be kind to the reader. This rule is especially significant in applied ethics, where scholars should write about things that matter to people in the real world and in ways that they can understand.


Business ethics Philosophy Leadership ethics Leadership studies Business Ethics Quarterly Journal of Business Ethics Followers Post-heroic leadership 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne B. Ciulla
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  1. 1.Department of Management and Global BusinessRutgers Business School-Newark and New BrunswickNewarkUSA

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