Wayne J. Norman, Mike & Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics    editWayne J. Norman

Professor Norman (Ph.D. London School of Economics, 1988) is the Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics in Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. He previously held Chairs in Business Ethics at the Université de Montréal and the University of British Columbia, and before that taught at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. He has held visiting appointments in eight countries and been published in 10 languages. He has taught mainly in philosophy departments, but also in two MBA programs, and a political science department.

Norman plays blues guitar and sings in a band called Mona Lisa's Highway Blues, which won “Most Original Performance” at the 2015 Triangle Battle of the Bands charity event, and in Yoga Imposters. He is working on a collection of "Ivory Tower Rocks" songs about philosophical arguments, like this one on the Trolley Problem.

Professor Norman is a cat person.


RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

Most of Norman's recent research falls under two broad headings:

BUSINESS ETHICS. He has looked critically at a number of frameworks for identifying and justifying beyond-compliance obligations (e.g. CSR, corporate citizenship, sustainability, triple bottom line, stakeholder theory...). His working hypothesis is that beyond-compliance obligations can be justified in large part by using the same concepts and methods we use in justifying particular regulations. ("Business ethics as self-regulation.") His most recent research looks at the ways theories of justice and democracy require an account of political economy that takes corporations, corporate law, and regulation seriously -- and on the near-complete neglect of these issues in the post-Rawlsian tradition of political philosophy.

He is currently writing a short textbook with the working title Nuts & Bolts for the Business Ethicist

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. He has published extensively on nationalism, citizenship, constitutionalism, federalism, secession, and multiculturalism. His most recent research concerns the design and justification of the administrative agencies responsible for most law-making (especially concerning the regulation of business) in a modern state -- and in particular, it asks whether contemporary democratic theory is of much use for helping us to address these institutional and normative issues.

He is also working on a book tentatively entitled, The Ethical Adversary: Can You Play Fair When You're Playing to Win? It's about the design and justification of "deliberately adversarial institutions" (such as markets, law, democratic politics, sports, etc) that structure highly regulated competitions as the most efficient and/or just ways of advancing the interests of those both within and without the competitions themselves.

Selected Recent Publications (5 books, 80+ articles; 8 articles have been re-published in other journals or books, in English or in translation, at least 27 times):

SELECTED RECENT BOOKS

SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES

(Many of these publications, and others, can be downloaded directly from Wayne Norman's academia.edu page. See also Norman's Google Scholar page.)


SELECTED RECENT SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

Office Location: 201 West Duke Building, Box_90743, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address: send me a message

Education:
Ph.D., University of London (UK), 1988

Specialties:
Political Philosophy
Ethics

Research Interests: Business Ethics, Political Philosophy

Most of Norman's recent research falls under two broad headings:

BUSINESS ETHICS
, where he has looked critically at a number of popular and quasi-academic frameworks for identifying and justifying beyond-compliance obligations (e.g. CSR, corporate citizenship, sustainability, triple bottom line, stakeholder theory...). His working hypothesis is that beyond-compliance obligations can be justified by using the same concepts and methods we use in justifying particular regulations. ("Business ethics as self-regulation".) He focuses on "ethical lobbying," and more generally on the nature of responsible conduct in business-government relations in a democratic society.

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, where he has published extensively on nationalism, citizenship, constitutionalism, federalism, secession, and multiculturalism.

Selected Recent Publications (5 books, 75+ articles):

SELECTED BOOKS

SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES

  • W. Norman, "Is there a 'Point' to Markets? A Response to Martin," Business Ethics Journal Review 2(4): 2014: 22–28.

  • W. Kymlicka & W. Norman, Citizenship in Culturally Diverse Societies: Issues, Contexts, Concept, in Richard Bellamy and Madeleine Kennedy-Macfoy, eds, Citizenship, v. II, part 5, New York: Routledge, 2014, 41pp. (Reprinted from Kymlicka & Norman 2000).

  • W. Norman & Pierre-Yves Néron, Mondialisation économique et éthique des affaires, R. Chung and J.B. Jeangène Vilmer (eds), Éthique des relations internationales, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2013, 329-51.
  • W. Norman, “Business Ethics,” in the 10-volume International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Hugh LaFollette, editor-in-chief), New York-Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, pp. 652-668 (the longest-format article in the Encyclopedia).
  • W. Norman, “Stakeholder Theory,” in the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Hugh LaFollette, editor-in-chief), New York-Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, pp. 5002-11.
  • W. Norman, “Whither Business Ethics,” Ethics Forum, 7/3, 2012, 31-40.
  • W. Norman, “Business Ethics as Self-Regulation: Why principles that ground regulations should be used to ground beyond-compliance norms as well,” Journal of Business Ethics, v. 102, supp. 1, 2011, pp. 43-57.
  • J. Heath, J. Moriarty, W. Norman, “Business Ethics and (or as) Political Philosophy,” Business Ethics Quarterly, 2010.
  • W. Norman, "The Financial Theory of the Firm," in J. Boatright, ed, Companion to Ethics in Finance, John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  • W. Norman, "From Quid Pro Quo to Modus Vivendi: can legalizing secession strengthen the multinational federation?" in F. Requejo and M. Caminal, eds, Political liberalism and Multinational Democracies, London: Routledge, 2010.
  • C. MacDonald & W. Norman, “Conflicts of Interest and Professional Ethics,” in G. Brenkert & T. Beauchamp, eds, Oxford Handbook in Business Ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 441-470.
  • W. Norman, P. Bélanger, and C. Roux, “Recognizing Business Ethics,” Journal of Business Ethics 86/3, 2009, 257-271.
  • Pierre-Yves Néron and W. Norman, "Corporations as Citizens: Political not Metaphorical, A Reply to Critics," Business Ethics Quarterly, January 2008.
  • Pierre-Yves Néron and W. Norman, "Citizenship Inc.: Do we really want businesses to be good corporate citizens?," Business Ethics Quarterly, January 2008.
  • J. Heath and W. Norman, "Stakeholder Theory, Corporate Governance and Public Management: what can the history of state-run enterprises teach us in the post-Enron era?," Journal of Business Ethics 53, 2004: 247-265.
  • W. Norman and C. MacDonald, "Getting to the Bottom of Triple Bottom Line," Business Ethics Quarterly 14/2, 2003: 243-262.
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