Andy Wicks

Andrew C. Wicks

Ruffin Professor of Business Administration
Director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; Director, Doctoral Program


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Areas of Expertise

International Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics in Public Life

Education:  B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Through his teaching and research, Andrew C. Wicks encourages us to ask questions about how we live and operate in the world - as individuals, as organizations and as a society. An ethicist with a background in religious studies, he examines both the theoretical and practical implications of ethics through thought-provoking courses such as: "Responsible Leadership: Ultimate Questions and Creating Value for Stakeholders"; "Leadership, Values and Ethics"; "Servant Leadership"; and "Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics."

Wicks is the Ruffin Professor of Business Administration at Darden. His leadership roles across the school include director of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, academic director of the Institute for Business in Society, academic adviser for the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and director of Darden's Doctoral Program. Wicks is a member of the leadership track for the Academy of Management, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including program chair of the Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division.

An expert in integrating ethics across the organization and across academic disciplines, Wicks also serves as an adjunct professor in UVA's Religious Studies Department and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He regularly teaches and gives academic talks abroad in countries such as Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand.

Known internationally for his research in business ethics and stakeholder theory, Wicks also examines topics such as trust, health care ethics, total quality management, and stakeholder theory as it relates to morality and spirituality. His recent research explores issues such as ethics in the supply chain, the ethical implications of accounting discretion and the consequences of "the dark side" of stakeholder theory. He has also been collaborating with the UVA Medical Center to better understand new approaches to patient care, with a particular focus on patient responsibility.

Co-author of five books, Wicks has published extensively in journals in business ethics, management, health care and the humanities, and served as guest editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. He has received numerous awards for both his research and teaching and is frequently quoted in mainstream media such as Bloomberg BusinessweekFinancial TimesFortuneNPRPoets & QuantsTime Magazine and The Washington Post.

Wicks is a lifelong athlete who enjoys playing golf, running and being outdoors. He loves music, good wine, cooking, reading, and conversations with family, friends and students.

Selected Publications

Andrew C. Wicks and Adrian Keevil. "When Worlds Collide: Medicine, Business, the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in the US," Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 42 (4 : 2014).

Goodstein, Jerry, Butterfield, Kenneth, Pfarrer, Michael and Wicks, Andrew."Individual and Organizational Reintegration after Ethical or Legal Transgressions: Challenges and Opportunities. "  Business Ethics Quarterly Vol. 24 (3: 2014): 315-342.

Kluver, Jesse and Andrew Wicks. "Decoration, Self-Transcendence, and Spiritual Expression: Stakeholder Cooperation and the Creation of Joint Value in the Workplace," in Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, Vol. 11 (4:2014): 357-382.

Wicks, Andrew C. "Stakeholder Theory and Spirituality"  Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, Vol. 11 (4: 2014): 294-306.

York, Jeffrey, Saras Sarasvathy, and Andrew Wicks. "An Entrepreneurial Perspective on Value Creation in Public Private Ventures," in Academy of Management Review,Vol. 38 (2: 2013): 307-309.

Jeff Harrison and Andrew Wicks. "Stakeholder Theory, Value and Firm Performance," Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 23 (1:2013): 97-124.

Andrew C. Wicks, Bidhan Parmar and Adrian Keevil. "Normative Theories of the Firm and Sustainable Business Development: A System Mindset Approach," Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Vol. 31 (No. 3-4: 2012): 375 - 398.

Jared D. Harris and Andrew C. Wicks. "'Public Trust' and Trust in Particular Firm-Stakeholder Interactions," Corporate Reputation Review, Vol. 13 (2: 2010): 142-154.

Bidhan L. Parmar, R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison,  Andrew C. Wicks, Lauren Purnell, and Simone de Colle. "Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art,"  The Academy of Management Annals, 4: 1, 403 - 445: 05 July 2010.

Melissa L. Gruys, Susan M. Stuart, Jerry Goodstein, Mark N. Bing, and Andrew C. Wicks. "Values Enactment in Organizations: A Multi-Level Examination," Journal of Management, Vol. 34 (4: 2008): 806-843.

Jared D. Harris, A.C. Keevil, and Andrew C. Wicks. "Public Trust in the Institution of Business," in R. Bachman and A. Zaheer (Eds.), Advances in Trust Research, 204-223. Edward Elgar: Northampton, Massachusetts.  

Harrison, Jeff, and  Andrew Wicks. "Stakeholder Theory, Value and Firm Performance,"  Business Ethics Quarterly,  Vol. 23 (1:2013): 97-124.

Andrew Wicks, Adrian Keevil and Bidhan Parmar. "Sustainable Business Development and Management Theories: A Mindset Approach," in Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Vol 31 (3-4): 375-398 (2012).

R. Edward Freeman, Andrew C. Wicks, and Bidhan L. Parmar. "Stakeholder Theory as a Basis for Capitalism," in Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance: The Contribution of Economic Theory and Related Disciplines, L. Saccone, M. Blair, and R. Edward Freeman (Editors), New York, NY: IEA Palgrave MacMillan, 2011, 52-72.


Selected Books

Harris, Jared, Brian Moriarty and  Andrew Wicks (editors).  Public Trust in Business. Cambridge University Press, 2014.  

Freeman, R. Edward, Jeffrey S. Harrison,  Andrew C. Wicks, Bidhan L. Parmar, and Simone de Colle.Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Wicks, Andrew C., R. Edward Freeman, Patricia H. Werhane, and Kristen E. Martin.  Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach, Prentice Hall, 2009.

Freeman, R. Edward, Jeffrey S. Harrison, and  Andrew C. Wicks.  Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation, and Success. Yale University Press, 2007.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Andrew C. Wicks' cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.