Jeffery Smith, PhD

Jeffery Smith

Frank Shrontz Professor of Professional Ethics
Professor of Management

Phone: 206-296-5714

Jeffery Smith is Seattle University's Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics and Professor of Management in the Albers School of Business and Economics where he teaches ethics in the management, finance and accounting programs. Professor Smith's research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and business, currently focusing on ethical decision making in organizations and the philosophical foundations of corporate social responsibility. Smith's work has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. He is also the co-author of the nationally recognized textbook Ethics and the Conduct of Business. Professor Smith is past President of the Society for Business Ethics and has held visiting appointments at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the Keck Graduate Institute. Professor Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. 

Recent Research:

Smith, J (2019). Navigating our way between market and state. Business Ethics Quarterly 29(1): 127-141

Smith, J (2018). Efficiency and ethically responsible management. Journal of Business Ethics 150(3): 603-618

Smith, J & Dubbink, W (2011). Understanding the role of moral principles in business ethics: a Kantian perspective. Business Ethics Quarterly 21(2): 205-231

Dubbink, G & Smith, J (2011). A political conception of corporate moral responsibility. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14(2): 223-246

Smith, J (2008). Normative theory and business ethics. (New York: Rowman & Littlefield)

Smith, J (2006). Justifying and applying moral principles. The Journal of Value Inquiry 40(4): 393-411

Smith, J (2005). Market failures, political responses and corporate environmental responsibility. Business and Professional Ethics Journal 24(2): 131-140

Smith, J (2005). Moral markets and moral managers revisited. Journal of Business Ethics 61(2): 129-141

Smith, J (2005). Fairness, responsibility and engagement: new developments in stakeholder theory. Business Ethics Quarterly 15(4): 711-721

Smith, J (2004). A Précis of a communicative theory of the firm. Business Ethics: A European Review 13(4): 317-331

Smith, J (2002). Do particular moral judgments follow a rule? Southern Journal of Philosophy 40(2): 269-294