Business Ethics

Business Ethics


Business is not merely a realm for profit maximizing; it is also a human reality. As such human excellence can manifest itself in the decisions and conduct of individuals and organizations.

The Department of Business Ethics is committed to highlighting ethics as essential to and at the core of business activity and decision-making. The complexities of a global and dynamic business world, where non-economic and economic concerns coexist, gives ethics a vital role in guiding human action, always with the potential for human excellence in mind.

Founded within the framework of IESE’s mission to offer a service to society, especially to the business world, the department is committed to training future managers to consider business ethics in their analysis of business problems.

Coursework includes Leading Organizations: Systems, Values & Ethics; Christian Anthropology; Christian Humanism and Business Culture; and Social and Political Ideas for Business.

Through their research, the department’s faculty is bringing the most recent and influential ideas in business ethics to the academic and business community. Some of their findings have been published in books and prestigious journals such as The Journal of Business Ethics or Business and Society Review.


The department has pioneered the organization of conferences and forums in the field such as The International Symposium on Business, Ethics and Society, with more than 15 editions, and the recent Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession workshop.

In addition, the faculty members regularly participate in the following conferences:

European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)
Society for Business Ethics (SBE)
International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE)
International Symposia on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education
Corporate government regulation
Performance appraisal systems & incentive systems
Pricing policies and product profitability: activity-based costing