Ann Tenbrunsel

Ann Tenbrunsel

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Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics
Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide

Office: 307A Mendoza College of Business
Phone: 574-631-7402

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Areas of Expertise

  • Decision making
  • Negotiations
  • Ethics

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.”


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The Washington Post — Many finance workers still don’t think they can report wrongdoing

The Atlantic — Seven Years Later, Wall Street Hasn’t Learned Anything

The Christian Science Monitor — Whistle while you work: Wall Street’s culture of fingering fraud

Mashable — Wall Street workers get more unethical when they make more money, study says

Marketplace — Ethics in finance: stuck at mediocre

NPR — Pressure To Act Unethically Looms Over Wall Street, Survey Finds

Telegraph — Bankers are still breaking the rules to get ahead. Here’s the proof

TIME — New Survey Confirms Exactly What Everybody Hates About Wall Street

CBS News — Survey: Wall Street ethics still an oxymoron

The New York Times — Many on Wall Street Say It Remains Untamed

Bloomberg Businessweek — Wall Street Has a Conscience. This Professor Is Determined to Find It

Reuters — Internal compliance reporting programs must consider motivations for acting, experts say

Live Science — Would You Stand Up to a Sexual Harasser? Think Again

Science Daily — We’re More Passive Than We Predict When Sexually Harassed, New Study Shows

MSNBC-TV — Blind Spots

The Chronicle of Higher Education — Penn State, Motivated Blindness, and the Dark Side of Loyalty

The New York Times — Let’s All Feel Superior

Sports Illustrated — Failings of Penn State officials exposed at Jerry Sandusky trial