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Our vision: To progress from the possibility to the promise of business for the common good.

Melrose & The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership

Our mission: To manifest the lessons that the liberal arts have for principled business leadership; cultivate careers for the common good among students and other stakeholders; and, promote a purpose of business that prioritizes equitable human flourishing over private gain.

Our signature work

  • Principled Leadership Research Fellows
  • Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award
  • Principled Leadership Courses
  • Principled Leadership Research Fellows

    The Principled Leadership Research Fellows Program supports faculty members already engaged in original research projects to further amplify their potential to impact business practice as well as academic research and pedagogy.

    Research projects across academic units, disciplines and methodologies will include topics related to the Opus College of Business’ Research Mission and Thought Leadership Aspiration on responsible and responsive business: The college aspires to be a leading voice in “responsible and responsive business” – a research agenda that explores the responsibility of business to its internal and external stakeholders and that addresses the active, responsive engagement of business in social issues and modern forces impacting society.

    Introducing the Inaugural Principled Leadership Research Fellows


    Chad Brinsfield HeadshotChad Brinsfield, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Associate Professor
    Management
    Research project title:
    What hinders manager voice endorsement: The role of voice type, manager dominance tendency, and manager perceived status threat.


    Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale HeadshotAmeeta Jaiswal-Dale, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Associate Professor
    Finance
    Research project title:
    Challenges and potential for community value creation through sustainable food entrepreneurship.



    Shinwon Noh HeadshotShinwon Noh, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Assistant Professor
    Entrpreneurship
    Research project title:
    Rise of Cultural Industries from Emerging Markets: Case of K-Pop 2.

    Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award

    The 2022 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee(s) will be announced January 2023! Stay tuned!

    The Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award was established in 2021 to honor Ken Melrose, namesake of the Melrose & The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership and fervent champion of ethics and servant leadership as well as promote an aspirational vision of responsible and responsive leadership in practice.

    The three inaugural awardees represent differing areas of ongoing service in a professional setting yet share a common commitment to purposefully and positively impacting the Twin Cities community. The awardees’ individual unique areas of focus help further illuminate business’s role in society not only as an economic driver but as a creator and enduring mechanism with the power to ensure a just, equitable, healthy society.

    Please take a moment to view the video and listen to the podcast episode to learn more about each worthy awardee, their incredible passion and service to the common good.

    • Minnesota Frontline Healthcare Workers, accepting the award on behalf of the workers is Caroline Njau, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Minnesota
    • Galon Miller, CEO of Cyber Intelligence Cyber Security, LLC; Founder and Executive Director of Cyber Warrior Foundation, Inc.; Consultant for Project Got Your Back; & Partnership with Eagle Group of Minnesota Veteran
    • Omar Williams, Chair, 3M Employee Resource Network: Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (3M BLAC); 3M Area Business Leader: Precision Grinding & Finishing, US & Canada

    Learn more about the 2021 awardees on the Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee Video and Podcast.

    Principled Leadership Courses

    Under development. Coming Fall 2023.

    Principled Leadership Research Fellows

    The Principled Leadership Research Fellows Program supports faculty members already engaged in original research projects to further amplify their potential to impact business practice as well as academic research and pedagogy.

    Research projects across academic units, disciplines and methodologies will include topics related to the Opus College of Business’ Research Mission and Thought Leadership Aspiration on responsible and responsive business: The college aspires to be a leading voice in “responsible and responsive business” – a research agenda that explores the responsibility of business to its internal and external stakeholders and that addresses the active, responsive engagement of business in social issues and modern forces impacting society.

    Introducing the Inaugural Principled Leadership Research Fellows


    Chad Brinsfield HeadshotChad Brinsfield, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Associate Professor
    Management
    Research project title:
    What hinders manager voice endorsement: The role of voice type, manager dominance tendency, and manager perceived status threat.


    Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale HeadshotAmeeta Jaiswal-Dale, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Associate Professor
    Finance
    Research project title:
    Challenges and potential for community value creation through sustainable food entrepreneurship.



    Shinwon Noh HeadshotShinwon Noh, Ph.D

    Opus College of Business Assistant Professor
    Entrpreneurship
    Research project title:
    Rise of Cultural Industries from Emerging Markets: Case of K-Pop 2.

    Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award

    The 2022 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee(s) will be announced January 2023! Stay tuned!

    The Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award was established in 2021 to honor Ken Melrose, namesake of the Melrose & The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership and fervent champion of ethics and servant leadership as well as promote an aspirational vision of responsible and responsive leadership in practice.

    The three inaugural awardees represent differing areas of ongoing service in a professional setting yet share a common commitment to purposefully and positively impacting the Twin Cities community. The awardees’ individual unique areas of focus help further illuminate business’s role in society not only as an economic driver but as a creator and enduring mechanism with the power to ensure a just, equitable, healthy society.

    Please take a moment to view the video and listen to the podcast episode to learn more about each worthy awardee, their incredible passion and service to the common good.

    • Minnesota Frontline Healthcare Workers, accepting the award on behalf of the workers is Caroline Njau, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Minnesota
    • Galon Miller, CEO of Cyber Intelligence Cyber Security, LLC; Founder and Executive Director of Cyber Warrior Foundation, Inc.; Consultant for Project Got Your Back; & Partnership with Eagle Group of Minnesota Veteran
    • Omar Williams, Chair, 3M Employee Resource Network: Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (3M BLAC); 3M Area Business Leader: Precision Grinding & Finishing, US & Canada

    Learn more about the 2021 awardees on the Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee Video and Podcast.

    Principled Leadership Courses

    Under development. Coming Fall 2023.

    Our published work

    Journal of Business Ethics

    As co-editors for the Books (& More) Review section of the Journal of Business Ethics, Michaelson and Zwieg Daly accepted their first reviews published in Winter 2021. Unique to academic convention, these reviews, which are ordinarily available only to academic subscribers, will be freely available to the business community and general public for eight weeks in an effort to continue bridging the academic and practitioner communities.

    The Journal of Business Ethics publishes reviews of scholarly books as well as relevant nonfiction, fiction, documentaries, films, plays, television shows, art exhibits, and so on that advance dialogue between scholars and the public about business ethics and society. In addition to answering the question, "Is this book/film, etc. worth reading/viewing?", these reviews should answer the question, "What ideas or questions will this book/film, etc. illuminate for anyone with an interest in business ethics?"

    Previous reviews:

    Mejia, S., Nikolaidis, D. Through New Eyes: Artificial Intelligence, Technological Unemployment, and Transhumanism in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun. J Bus Ethics 178, 303–306 (2022).

    Filabi, A. Review of Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar. J Bus Ethics 173, 229–231 (2021).

    Du, S. Reimagining the Future of Technology: “The Social Dilemma” Review. J Bus Ethics 177, 213–215 (2022).

    Kim, T.W. Flawed Like Us and the Starry Moral Law: Review of Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. J Bus Ethics 170, 875–879 (2021).

    Podcast: Work in Progress with Christopher Michaelson

    The Center's podcast, Work in Progress with Christopher Michaelson, discusses every working person’s work in progress, namely, our quest to be fully human in a working world that all too often makes us feel like machines, in which we often don’t even have time to think, and that, in the words of Studs Terkel, too often feels like “a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” Listen below:

    Episode 13: Klara and the Sun: A conversation about the nature of intelligence and the costs (and benefits) of progress. Our second season kicks off with host Michaelson and two guests: The book reviewer, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business Assistant Professor, Santiago Meija, and University of St. Thomas Associate Professor of Marketing & Academic Director of Business in a Digital World, Lisa Abendroth. Michaelson, Meija and Abendroth discuss the book Klara and the Sun written by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara and the Sun is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend (AF), with incredible observational qualities of humans and humanity; designed to learn and subsequently imitate human behavior, Klara is bought, sold, and tossed into serving as a friend for a girl. While discussing the book's plot, Michaelson, Meija and Abendroth examine its underlying themes including the nature of intelligence, the cost of progress, and the identification and value of "real" relationships.   

    Episode 12: What have we learned about business and ethics from the pandemic discussion series: Part three. Michaelson and Van Buren are joined by Joanne Ciulla, Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School, and Doug Lepisto, Associate Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy at Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business, to discuss how to distinguish essential from non-essential workers in an intersected global economy as well as how businesses should attract and retain workers during and after the Great Resignation. (July 2022).

    Episode 11: What have we learned about business and ethics from the pandemic discussion series: Part two. Michaelson and Van Buren are joined by MayKao Y. Hang, University of St. Thomas Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Founding Dean Morrison Family College of Health, to discuss how businesses can support or harm public health as well as better understand the tensions healthcare businesses face simultaneously advancing profitability and increasing access to care. (July 2022).

    Episode 10: What have we learned about business and ethics from the pandemic discussion series: Part one. Michaelson and Harry Van Buren, III, Barbara & David A. Koch Endowed Chair of Business Ethics, are joined by Alison Taylor, Executive Director Ethical Systems at NYU Stern School of Business, and Ed Freeman, University of Virgina Darden School of Business Elis & Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society, to discuss profit and price-gouging during the pandemic and to what extent the cost of doing business has been externalized onto stakeholders. (July 2022).

    Episode 9: What is the purpose of work? A discussion with Hubert Joly, former Best Buy CEO & author of The Heart of Business (June 2022).

    Episode 8: 2021 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardees (January 2022).

    Episode 7: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A conversation about finding redemption at work and in life with Guthrie Theater Artistic Director, Joe Haj, and playwright Lavina Jadhwani (November 2021).

    Episode 6: Twenty years after 9/11 Part Three: A conversation with Jackie Zins & Stacy Pervall, former representatives of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (September 2021).

    Episode 5: Twenty years after 9/11 Part Two: A conversation with Fred Price, managing director at Piper Sandler (September 2021).

    Episode 4: Twenty years after 9/11 Part One: A conversation about meaningful work with Jen Tosti-Kharas (September 2021).

    Episode 3: Who is Capitalism? A conversation about Homeland Elegies with Ayad Akhtar and Azish Filabi (August, 2021).

    Episode 2: What is the Dilemma in the Social Dilemma? A conversation about Netflix's Popular Documentary with Shuili Du and Lisa Abendroth (June, 2021).

    Episode 1: All About AI Ethics: A conversation about Ian McEwen’s Machines Like Me with Tae Wan Kim (April, 2021).

    Academic Works & Popular Press

    Please find below academic and popular press publications by the Center team as well as members of the Opus College of Business Principled Leadership Working Group.

    Articles and commentaries in refereed scholarly publications

    • Michaelson, C. In Press. Leadership and character(s): Behavioral business ethics in "War and Peace." Journal of Business Ethics.
    • Michaelson, C. In Press. How a catchy bass line might someday resonate beyond my business ethics classroom: Rock music in management learning. Management Learning.
    • Michaelson, C. In Press. A normative meaning of meaningful work. Journal of Business Ethics.
    • Tosti-Kharas, J., Michaelson, C. In Press. To mean is to be perceived: Studying the meaning of work through the eyes of others. Academy of Management Perspectives.
    • Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. 2019. Serving self or serving others? Close relations's perspectives on ethics and calling. Journal of Vocational Behavior 114: 19-30.
    • Beigi, M., Callahan, J., Michaelson, C. 2019. A critical plot twist: Changing characters and foreshadowing the future of organizational storytelling. International Journal of Management Reviews 21(4): 447-465.
    • Gerde, V., Michaelson, C. 2019. Global perspectives on business ethics from the 40th anniversary conference of the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University (Editorial introduction). Journal of Business Ethics 155(4): 913-916.
    • Michaelson, C. 2017. A list of novels for teaching business ethics in the 21st century. Management Teaching Review 2(3): 235-249.
    • Michaelson, C. 2017. Virtual Special Issue on Humanities and Business Ethics (Editorial essay). Journal of Business Ethics, DOI 10.1007/s10551-017-3538-y.
    • Finnegan, A., Klein, M., Michaelson, C., and White, S. 2016. Can business help to cultivate peace and well being? A pedagogical case study. Journal of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development 8: 55-69.
    • Michaelson, C. 2016. Useless and disinterested: How literature makes us better (Commentary). American Journal of Bioethics' Neuroscience 7(2): 95-96.
    • Michaelson, C. 2016. A novel approach to business ethics education: Exploring how to live and work in the 21st century. Academy of Management Learning Education 15(3): 588-606.
    • Gerde, V., and Michaelson, C. 2016. Institutional constraints and enablers: An introduction to the special topic forum on extreme operating environments (Editorial introduction). Business and Society 55(7): 927-933.
    • Brunnquell, D., and Michaelson, C. 2016. Moral hazard in pediatrics. American Journal of Bioethics 16(7): 29-38.
    • Michaelson, C. 2016. Business in the work and world of David Foster Wallace. Journal of Management Inquiry 25(2): 214-222.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Executive compensation and moral luck. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 34(2): 237-258.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Accounting for meaning: On §22 of David Foster Wallace's 'The Pale King'. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 29: 54-64.
    • Michaelson, C., and Gerde, V. 2015. How to live without certainty, without being paralyzed by hesitation: An introduction to the special topic forum on extreme operating environments (Editorial introduction). Business and Professional Ethics Journal 33(2-3): 205-209.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. How reading novels can help management scholars cultivate ambiculturalism (Commentary). Academy of Management Review 40(1): 147-149.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. The competition for the tallest skyscraper and its implications for global ethics and economics. Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Journal Issue IV: 20-27 (covered in The Media Line, 13 May 2015).
    • Michaelson, C., Pratt, M.G., Grant, A.M., and Dunn, C.P. 2014. Meaningful work: Connecting business ethics and organization studies. Journal of Business Ethics 121(1): 77-90.
    • Glac, K., and Michaelson, C. 2012. What is a good answer to an ethical question? Journal of Business Ethics Education 9: 233-258.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Reading leaders' minds: In search of the canon of 21st century global capitalism. Asian Journal of Business Ethics 1(1): 47-61.
    • Michaelson, C. 2011. Morally differentiating responsibility for climate change mitigation: An analogy with Tolstoy's Master and Man. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 30(1-2): 113-136.
    • Michaelson, C. 2011. Whose responsibility is meaningful work? Journal of Management Development 30(6): 548-557.
    • Michaelson, C. 2010. Business and/as/of the humanities. Journal of Business Ethics Education 7: 201-212.
    • Michaelson, C. 2010. Revisiting the global business ethics question. Business Ethics Quarterly 20(2): 237-251 (covered in Economics Week, 14 May 2010)).
    • Michaelson, C. 2009. Teaching meaningful work: Philosophical discussions on the ethics of career choice. Journal of Business Ethics Education 6: 43-67.
    • Michaelson, C. 2009. Meaningful work and moral worth. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 28 (1-4): 27-48.
    • Michaelson, C. 2008. Moral luck and business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 83(4): 773-787.
    • Michaelson, C. 2008. Work and the most terrible life. Journal of Business Ethics 77(3): 335-345.
    • Michaelson, C. 2006. Compliance and the illusion of ethical progress. Journal of Business Ethics 66(2-3): 241-251.
    • Michaelson, C. 2005. 'I want your shower time!' Drowning in work and the erosion of life. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 24(4): 7-26.
    • Michaelson, C. 2005. Dealing with swindlers and devils: Literature and business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 58(4): 359-373.
    • Michaelson, C. 2005. Meaningful motivation for work motivation theory (Commentary). Academy of Management Review 30(2): 235-238.
    • Michaelson, C. 2004. Business and ethics after September 11. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 12(1-2): 259-300.
    • Michaelson, C. 2001. Is business ethics philosophy or sophism? Business Ethics: A European Review 10(4): 331-339.

    Book chapters and entries

    • Michaelson, C. 2020. The sandpiper and the clam struggle. In Wendelin Küpers and Matthew Statler (Eds.), Leadership and Wisdom. New York: Routledge.
    • Michaelson, C. 2019. Do we have to do meaningful work? In Ruth Yeoman, Katie Bailey, Adrian Madden, Marc Thompson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Gini, A., and Michaelson, C. 2018. Work-Life Balance. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2018. Aesthetics. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2018. Collectivism. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2018. Quality of life. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. David Foster Wallace's Love-Hate Relationship with Consumer Capitalism. In E. Brutton, C. Kampmeier, and A. Kontos (eds.), Normal 2014: Selected Works from the First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference. Gilson, Illinois, USA: Lit Fest Press.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. Moral luck. In the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. Terrorism. In the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. World Economic Forum. In the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA: John Wiley & Sons.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. Literature and the canonical values of capitalism. In D. Koehn and D. Elm (eds.), Aesthetics and Business Ethics. Dordrecht: Springer.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. The value(s) of work. In Jeffrey J. Froh and Acacia Parks-Sheiner (eds.), Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors. Washington, DC, USA: American Psychological Association.
    • Michaelson, C. 2009. Values and capitalism. In Jeffery Smith (Ed.), Normative Theory and Business Ethics: 195-208. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007. Ethics and the tobacco industry. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 2: 794-799. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007 (revised 2016 for 2nd edition). Humanities and business ethics. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 3: 1081-1084. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007. Meaningful work (revised 2016 for forthcoming 2nd edition). In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 3: 1355-1358. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007. Moral luck (revised 2016 for 2nd edition). In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 3: 1426-1428. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007. Reputation management. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 4: 1820-1823. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2007. Terrorism (revised 2016 for 2nd edition). In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society v. 5: 1068-2071. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage Publications.
    • Michaelson, C. 2002. Philosophy out of the cave. In Laura Duhan Kaplan (Ed.), Philosophy and Everyday Life: 214-221. New York, USA: Seven Bridges Press.

    Reviews, teaching materials, proceedings, and other publications

    • Michaelson, C. 2020. "'Death is very close,' from Man on Wire, starring Philippe Petit." Sage Business Cases.
    • Michaelson, C. 2020. "The whitewashing scene, from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain." Sage Business Cases.
    • Michaelson, C. 2020. "India's 'Pad Man': Making menstrual hygiene affordable for women." Under-Told Stories Learning Modules.
    • Michaelson, C. 2019. Review essay on G.S. Morson and M. Schapiro's Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities. Organization Studies 40(7): 1089-1096.
    • Michaelson, C. 2016. Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, Abdulrahman Munif's Cities of Salt, Zadie Smith's The Embassy of Cambodia, and Dave Eggers' The Circle. Academy of Management Learning & Education 15(1): 195-198.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Exploring capitalist fiction (book review on Edward C. Younkins' Exploring Capitalist Fiction). Business Ethics Quarterly 25(1): 151-154.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. Business students should read great novels: The power of literary words for management education. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Cantor Fitzgerald and September 11. Journal of Business Ethics Education 9: 411-420.
    • Michaelson, C., Glac, K., and Koehn, D. 2011. Reflections on the third Shanghai international conference on business ethics 2010. Society for Business Ethics Newsletter 21(3): 20-21.
    • Michaelson, C. 2006. Just work (book note on Russell Muirhead's Just Work). Business Ethics Quarterly 16(1): 110.
    • Michaelson, C. 2006. The grid (teaching note on Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi). Ethics in Film 001.
    • Michaelson, C. 2005. A slice of trouble (teaching note on Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing). Ethics in Film 003.
    • Michaelson, C. 2004. A Cantor's prayer for meaningful work. Proceedings of the International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values.

    Other media publications and blog

    • Michaelson, C. & Williams, Y. 2022. Like athletes: Corporate leadership shifting in how they tackle social issues. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Online at Like athletes, corporate leaders shifting in how they tackle social issues | Star Tribune
    • Michaelson, C. 2021. Fantasy and fair trade: Confessions from a fantasy ethicist. The Athletic. Online at Fantasy and fair trade: Confessions of the fantasy ethicist – The Athletic
    • Michaelson, C. & VanBuren III, H. 2021. What businesses can learn from conflict zones to promote sustainable community. Minneapolis Star Tribune. Online at What businesses can learn from conflict zones to promote sustainable community
    • Michaelson, C. 2021. Tommie Experts: Meaningful work as a way to wellness. St. Thomas Newsroom. Online at Tommie Experts: Meaningful work as a way to wellness.
    • Michaelson, C. 2020. Clap all you like now but workers with meaningful jobs deserve to be values in a post-coronavirus economy too. The Conversation, May 26. Online at Clap all you like now but workers with meaningful jobs...
    • Finnegan, A. and Michaelson, C. 2020. Advice on landing a first job in the pandemic. Minneapolis Star-Tribune, September 6.
    • Michaelson, C., Lepisto, D.A., Pratt, M.G., Hedden, L., and Brown, J. 2020. Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark. strategy+business, August 17. Online at Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark.
    • Zwieg Daly, N., with Lawrence, T., Michaelson, C., and Wilkinson, L. 2020. Some recommended reading on diversity, inclusion for business. Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 2.
    • Michaelson, C., and Zwieg Daly, N. 2020. Corporate giving is just a piece of what's needed to heal the Twin Cities. Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 28.
    • Michaelson, C. 2020. How CEOs, experts, and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently. The Conversation, January 27. Online at How CEOs, experts, and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2019, July 12). 3 Keys to building an ethical business culture. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Michaelson, C.M. (2019, June 21). Good fiction should be on your summer reading list for business. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2019, March 29). Why companies need to recognize differences between compliance and ethics. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Michaelson, C. 2019. Why the Davos elites are still relevant. The Conversation, 25 January. Online at Why the Davos elites are still relevant. Reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2019, January 25). Managers have critical role in setting ethical standards. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2019, January 4). Businesses need to aim for more than turning a profit. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Michaelson, C. 2019. Looking for career advice? Read great literature. Star-Tribune. Online at Looking for career advice? Read great literature.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2018, November 3). What great business leaders need to get right. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N.(2018, September 22). Companies shouldn't exploit their organizational citizens. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2018, August 26). Did your co-worker just get an award for your idea? Here's how to react. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2018, July 28). Resist the temptation to ask employees to hype company online. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2018, July 14). Does your business face ethics issue? Cast a wide net when seeking advice. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.startribune.com.
    • Zwieg Daly, N. (2018, May 25). Let ethics guide your decisions. Star Tribune. Retrieved from https://startribune.com.
    • Michaelson, C. 2018. These are the books President Trump should read on his way to Davos. The Washington Post, 23 January. Online at These are the books President Trump should read on his way to Davos (reprint of The Conversation piece below).
    • Michaelson, C. 2018. Trump goes to Davos: Four books he should read on first trip to gathering of global elites. The Conversation, 22 January. Online at Trump goes to Davos.
    • Michaelson, C. 2017. Branding your social mission. Star-Tribune Outside Consultant, 22 May. Online at Branding your social mission.
    • Michaelson, C. 2017. Dostoevsky titles that ominously foreshadowed the presidency of Donald J. Trump. McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 3 May. Online at Dostoevsky titles that ominously foreshadowed the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
    • Michaelson, C. 2017. Capitalism reading list. Ethical Systems, 17 February. Online at Capitalism reading list.
    • Michaelson, C., and Tosti-Kharas, J. 2016. Work worth dying for? The Huffington Post, 9 September. Online at Work worth dying for.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Reading for leading: Can novels help develop tomorrow's CEO's skills? PwC CEO Insights blog, 17 August. Online at Can novels help develop tomorrow's CEO's skills?.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Seven good novels that will make you a more resilient leader. PwC Risk Insights blog, 17 June. Online at Seven good novels that will make you a more resilient leaders.
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Making work meaningful. University of St. Thomas Opus Magnum blog, 24 April. Online at Making Work Meaningful.
    • Finnegan, A., Ketcher, K.T., Klein, M., Michaelson, C., Nelson-Pallmeyer, J., Ngeh, E., Schlabach, G., Seltzer, J., and White, S., 2015. Building peace on campus. University of St. Thomas Newsroom, 24 April. Online at Building peace on campus
    • Michaelson, C. 2015. Cheering on income equality, from Davos to Melbourne. The Huffington Post, 27 January. Cheeing on income equality.
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. The violence spills off the field. Star-Tribune, 17 September. The Violence Spills off the Field. (Also in The Huffington Post, 17 September.)
    • Michaelson, C. 2014. Business novels and good character(s). Ethical Systems, 24 March. Business novels and good character(s).
    • Michaelson, C. 2013. Meaningful work in The Pale King: In Memory of David Foster Wallace, Five Years On. The Huffington Post, 10 September. Meaningful work in the The Pale King. (covered by The Howling Fantods (11 September 2013)
    • Michaelson, C. 2013. Is it legal? Yes. Ethical? Perhaps. Underhanded? Definitely. The Huffington Post, 19 August. Is it Legal? Yes.
    • Michaelson, C. 2013. Leadership and the stories we tell. PwC CEO Insights Blog. 15 April. Online at Leadership and the stories we tell.
    • World Economic Forum, in collaboration with PwC (project lead). 2013. Resilience practices: One-year follow-up analysis of Global Risks 2012 cases. Online at Global Risks Follow Up Analysis.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. On meaningful work and the good life. University of St. Thomas Exemplars.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Romney can't buy happiness. The Huffington Post, 17 October. Romney can't buy happiness.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Rise and shine: Skyscrapers and global well being. The Huffington Post, 12 September. Rise and Shine
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Kentucky's identity paradox. The Huffington Post, 25 June. Online at Kentucky's identity paradox.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Tolstoy in Rio: A climate change analogy. The Huffington Post, 21 June. Online at Tolstoy in Rio.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. We are all traveling salesmen. The Huffington Post, 30 May. Online at We are all traveling salesmen.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. What is meaningful work? 5 questions with Prof. Michaelson. University of St. Thomas Opus Magnum blog. Online at What is meaningful work?
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Imagining the presidential canon: A thought experiment in American politics. The Huffington Post, 4 April. Online at Imagining the presidential canon.
    • Michaelson, C. 2012. Mann meets humanity in Davos. The Huffington Post, 31 January. Online at Mann Meets Humanity in Davos.
    • Michaelson, C. 2011. Tis better to give than to give back. University of St. Thomas Opus Magnum blog. Online at Tis Better to Give than Give Back.
    • Michaelson, C. 2011. September 12, 2001, 3 o'clock a.m. National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
    • Michaelson, C. 2010. The importance of meaningful work. MIT Sloan Management Review 51(2): 12-13 (covered in Forbes.com, 11 March 2010) and Campus Career Counselor, March 2010)). In print and online at The Importance of Meaningful Work
    • Michaelson, C. (with MBA candidates Nicholas Blawat, Christina Stevenson, Kelly Thorne, Paul Topping, and Marc Volpe). 2004. The lobster, the squid, and the Cadillac El Dorado: MBA candidates battle for future control of the swamplands'. The Wharton Journal 50(4): 8-9.
    • Michaelson, C., and Ponemon, L.A. 2000. Values added: Rules and values in ethical decision making. Strategic Finance February: 24, 75.

    Non-academic white papers

    • Ethics & Compliance Initiative (Michaelson, C. lead author and working group co-chair). 2019. Essential skills and qualities of the ethics and compliance professional: Today and in the future.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers and LRN (Michaelson, C., editorial board and author team). 2016. Connecting the dots: How purpose can join up your business.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board and author team). 2016. 19th annual global CEO survey ('Redefining Business Success in a Changing World').
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board and author team). 2015. 18th annual global CEO survey ('A Marketplace Without Boundaries?').
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board). 2014. 17th annual global CEO survey ('Fit for the Future').
    • World Economic Forum and PwC (Michaelson, C., interviewee). 2013. Examining the leadership, trust, organisational performance and societal value equation.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board). 2013. 16th annual global CEO survey ('Dealing with Disruption').
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board). 2012. 15th annual global CEO survey ('Delivering Results').
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2011. 14th annual global CEO survey ('Growth Reimagined').
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial board). 2010. 13th annual global CEO survey ('Setting a Smarter Course for Growth';).
    • Jourdan, C. and Michaelson, C. 2009. Extending Enterprise Risk Management to address emerging risks (briefing paper for a workshop in association with the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting).
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2009. 12th annual global CEO survey ('Redefining Success').
    • World Economic Forum Global Risk Network in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2008. Global Growth@Risk.
    • Michaelson, C. and Lambin, S. 2008. Managing and capitalising on global risks in a connected world (briefing paper for a workshop in association with the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting).
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2008. 11th annual global CEO survey ('Compete & Collaborate: What is Success in a Connected World?').
    • World Economic Forum Global Risk Network in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2007. Global Growth@Risk.
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., editorial team). 2007. Global risk, reward, business, and society: Collaborate or collapse? (briefing paper for a workshop in partnership with the World Economic Forum Global Risk Network).
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (Michaelson, C., advisory team). 2007. 10th Annual Global CEO Survey ('Balancing the Global Equation').
    • Michaelson, C. 2001. What is effective compliance? PricewaterhouseCoopers re: Business, (online) and PricewaterhouseCoopers CFO Direct Network.
    • Di Florio, C., Michaelson, C., O'Brien, T.M., and Trent, B. 2001. Corporate governance: Compliance at the core. PricewaterhouseCoopers re: Business.
    • Michaelson, C., and Ponemon, L.A. 2000. Ethics at the core: Risk management and beyond. Investment Management Perspectives 2: 4-11.
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    Our story: Ken Melrose & The Toro Company

    Building upon its forty-year foundation as the Melrose & The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership (renamed in 2020) honors the legacy of former CEO of The Toro Company Ken Melrose thanks to the generous financial commitments of The Toro Company and The Hoffman Family Foundation.

    Melrose was a fervent champion for ethics and servant leadership. He served as chairman of the center's advisory board, held the university's Holloran Endowed Professorship and was a popular lecturer on business ethics and leadership.

    Our Board of Advisors

    Laura Dunham, Dean of the Opus College of Business

    Peter Frosch, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater MSP

    Maija Garcia, Director of Education & Professional Training Guthrie Theater and Director of Organic Magnetics

    Michael Garrison, Senior Associate Dean Opus College of Business and Professor of Ethics & Business Law

    MayKao Hang, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Founding Dean of the Morrison Family College of Health

    Tony Heredia, Senior Vice President Compliance & Ethics Target Corporation and Bush Foundation Board Chair

    Mike Hoffman, retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Toro Company

    Katie Lawler, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Ethics Officer US Bank

    Karyn McCoy, Associate Vice President Alumni, Career & Corporate Engagement

    Judson McNeil, President of The Toro Company Foundation

    Theresa Ricke-Kiely, Executive Director Center for the Common Good

    Hank Shea, Senior Distinguished Fellow St. Thomas School of Law

    John Sullivan, Executive Vice President & General Counsel Carlson, Inc. and Minneapolis Foundation Board Chair

    Our team

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    Nicole Zwieg Daly, J.D, Ed.D, CPPM

    Executive Director & Adjunct Professor of Ethics & Business Law

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