Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics
Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide
Office: 307A Mendoza College of Business
Areas of Expertise
- Decision making
Tenbrunsel conducts research on decision making and negotiations, with a particular emphasis on ethics. Prior to entering academics, Tenbrunsel worked as an engineer for S.C. Johnson & Son and and as a sales and marketing consultant for ZS Associates. Her current research interests focus on the psychology of ethical decision making, examining why employees, leaders and students behave unethically, despite their best intentions to behave to the contrary. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of six books on this topic — including “Blind Spots” (with Max Bazerman), “Behavioral Ethics: Shaping an Emerging Field” (with David De Cremer), “Codes of Conduct: Behavioral Research into Business Ethics” (with David Messick) — and over 50 research articles and chapters. Her research has been featured in interviews airing on MSNBC and National Public Radio, and adaptations, excerpts and references to her work have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, AP, NBC, ABC, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Washington Examiner, The Globe and Mail, Ethisphere Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, and in blogs for Psychology Today and Freakonomics.
Tenbrunsel discusses her new book “Blind Spots: Why We Fail to do What’s Right and What to do About it.”