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Harry Van Buren III

Koch Chair, Ethics and Business Law

  • Education
  • B.S., Managerial Law and Public Policy, Syracuse University

    M.S., Banking, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    MSc, Education for Sustainability, London South Bank University

    Ph.D., Business Environment, Ethics, and Public Policy, University of Pittsburgh

Harry Van Buren is the Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair of Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Before coming to St. Thomas, he served on the faculties of the University of New Mexico and the American University of Beirut.

Harry became interested in business ethics while in seminary. A 1994 summer field placement at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which focused on bringing community leaders and bankers from South Africa after the country’s first truly election to observe how the United States facilitates community economic development led to him being hired by ICCR as a staff member and then to a doctoral program in business ethics. He has always been interested in structural injustice and how businesses can behave in ways that being about greater fairness for those people most vulnerable to mistreatment.

His doctorate in business environment, ethics and public policy is from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, and he also earned an MSc in education for sustainability from London South Bank University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in outlets that include Academy of Management Review, AIB Insights, Business and Human Rights Journal, Business & SocietyBusiness and Society ReviewBusiness Ethics QuarterlyCross Cultural Management, Employee Relations, Futures, Human Resource ManagementHuman Resource Management ReviewJournal of Business Ethics, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Management Studies, among other journals. His current research interests include relational stakeholder theory, business and human rights, preventing human trafficking in global supply chains, and employment ethics.

He is currently past president of the International Association for Business & Society and a former division chair for the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management. He serves as the religion, spirituality, and business ethics section editor at the Journal of Business Ethics and is also co-editing special issues for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (on feminist epistemology in CSR) and Business & Society (on business responses to refugee crises).


  • Van Buren III, H. J., Syed, J., and Mir, R. (Forthcoming). Business as a macro social force affecting business: Concepts, questions, and future research. Business & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0007650319845097

  • Greenwood, M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2017). Ideology in HRM scholarship: Interrogating the ideological performativity of ‘new unitarism.’ Journal of Business Ethics, (142)(4), pp. 663-678

  • Westermann-Behaylo, M. K., Van Buren III, H. J., & Berman, S. L. (2016). Stakeholder capability enhancement as a path to promote human dignity and cooperative advantage. Business Ethics Quarterly, (26)(4), pp. 529-555

  • Scruggs, C., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2016). Competitive advantage through maintaining legitimacy and trust with key stakeholders: The case of chemicals in consumer products. Business & Society, (55)(5), pp. 635-675

  • Mitchell, R. M., Van Buren III, H. J., Greenwood, M., & Freeman, R. E. (2015). Stakeholder inclusion and accounting for stakeholders. Journal of Management Studies, (52)(7), pp. 851-877

  • Westermann-Behaylo, M. K., Berman, S. L., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2014). The influence of institutional logics on corporate responsibility toward employees. Business & Society, (53)(5), pp. 714-746

  • Syed, J., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2014). Global business norms and Islamic views of women’s employment. Business Ethics Quarterly, (24)(2), pp. 251-276

  • Van Buren III, H. J., & Greenwood, M. (2013). The genesis of employment ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, (117)(4), pp. 707-719

  • Sheehan, C., De Cieri, H., Greenwood, M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2013). HRM professional role tensions: Perceptions and responses of the top management team. Human Resource Management, (53)(1), pp. 115-130

  • Clark, C. E., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2013). Compound conflicts of interest in the US proxy system. Journal of Business Ethics, (116)(2), pp. 355-371

  • Rehbein, K., Logsdon, J. M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2013). Corporate responses to shareholder activists: Considering the dialogue alternative. Journal of Business Ethics, (112)(1), pp. 137-154

  • Van Buren III, H. J., & Greenwood, M. (2011). Bringing stakeholder theory to industrial relations. Employee Relations, (33)(1), pp. 5-21

  • Greenwood, M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2010). Trust and stakeholder theory: Trustworthiness in the organisation-stakeholder relationship. Journal of Business Ethics, (95)(3), pp. 425-438

  • Logsdon, J. M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2009). Beyond the proxy vote: Dialogues between shareholder activists and corporations. Journal of Business Ethics, (87)(1), pp. 353-365. Republished in Prakash Sethi (Ed.) Globalization and the Good Corporation. New York:Springer, 2011

  • Logsdon, J. M., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2008). Justice and large corporations: What do activist shareholders want? Business & Society, (47)(4), pp. 523-548

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2008). Fairness and the main management theories of the twentieth century: A historical review, 1900-1965. Journal of Business Ethics, (82)(3), pp. 633-644

  • Van Buren III, H. J., & Greenwood, M. (2008). Enhancing employee voice: Are voluntary employer-employee relationships enough? Journal of Business Ethics, (81)(1), pp. 209-221

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2005). An employee-centered model of corporate social performance. Business Ethics Quarterly, (15)(4), pp. 687-709

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2003). Boundaryless careers and employability obligations. Business Ethics Quarterly, (13)(2), pp. 131-150. Republished in J. B. Ciulla, C. Martin, & R. Solomon, Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader (3rd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013

  • Wood, D. J., Davenport, K. S., Blockson, L. C., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2002). Corporate involvement in community economic development: The role of U.S. business education. Business & Society, (41)(2), pp. 208-241

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2001). If fairness is the problem, is consent the solution? Integrating ISCT and stakeholder theory. Business Ethics Quarterly, (11)(3), pp. 481-500

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2000). The bindingness of social and psychological contracts: Toward a theory of social responsibility in downsizing. Journal of Business Ethics, (25)(3), pp. 205-219

  • Agle, B. R., & Van Buren III, H. J. (1999). God and mammon: The modern relationship. Business Ethics Quarterly, (9)(4), pp. 563-582

  • Leana, C. R., & Van Buren III, H. J. (1999). Organizational social capital and employment practices. Academy of Management Review, (24)(3), pp. 538-555. Republished in K. W. Koput & J. P. Broschack (Eds.) Social Capital in Business: 88-105. London: Edward Elgar, 2011

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (1999). Acting more generously than the law requires: The issue of employee layoffs in halakhah. Journal of Business Ethics, (19)(4), pp. 335-343

Book and Chapters

  • Vidal, N. G., & Van Buren III, H. J. (Forthcoming). Business collective action for corporate sustainability. In D. M Wasieleski & J. Weber (Eds.) Business and Society 360. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing

  • Van Buren III, H. J.(Forthcoming). Sustainable development and business research: Where we are and where we might go. In M. Mathew (Ed.) CSR & Sustainable Development: Strategies, Practices & Business Models. London: Taylor & Francis

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (Forthcoming). Intersectionality in the workplace. In J. Syed & M. Ozbilgin (Eds.) Managing Diversity and Inclusion (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

  • Hill, V., & Van Buren III, H. J. (2018). Taylor Won: The triumph of scientific management and its meaning for business and society. In D. M Wasieleski & J. Weber (Eds.) Business and Society 360: 265-294. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing and Organisation Studies: 291-300. London: Routledge

  • Van Buren III, H. J. (2015). Intersectionality in the workplace. In J. Syed & M. Ozbilgin (Eds.) Managing Diversity and Inclusion: 311-331. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

  • Rust Professorship in Business Ethics, Anderson School of Management, 2011-present
  • Daniels Fund Ethics Fellow, 2010-2015

  • Co-editor, special issue of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion on Facilitating Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Traditionally Marginalized Communities: Unpacking the Nature of SME Responsibility through Feminist Epistemology
  • President and executive committee member, International Association for Business & Society
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Business Ethics section editor, Journal of Business Ethics
  • Editorial board member, Business & Society

  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2020 - present)
  • Visiting professor, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon (2019-present)
  • Professor, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131(On leave, 2019-2021)
  • Associate Professor, University of New Mexico - Anderson School of Management, Albuquerque (2010-2014)
  • Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico - Anderson School of Management, Albuquerque (2004-2010)