Pat Werhane

Professor Emerita
Senior Fellow, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics

Areas of Expertise

Business Ethics, Ethical Roots of Capitalism, Organization Ethics for Health Care, Employment and Employee Rights, Women Leaders in Corporate America

Education: B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Patricia H. Werhane, Professor Emerita, was formerly the Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics at Darden. She now holds a joint appointment at Darden and at DePaul University, where she is Wicklander Chair in Business Ethics and director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. She is a senior fellow at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at Darden.

A prolific author whose works include Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making and Organization Ethics for Health Care, Werhane is an acclaimed authority on employee rights in the workplace, one of the leading scholars on Adam Smith and founder and former editor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading journal of business ethics. She was a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics and, in 2001, was elected to the executive committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Before joining the Darden faculty in 1993, Werhane served on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago and was a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her latest book is Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience with Cambridge University Press.


Selected Publications

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

Werhane, Patricia Hogue, Margaret Posig, Lisa Gundry, Laurel Ofstein, and Elizabeth A. Powell, with a foreword by Margaret Heffernan.   Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership . Praeger, 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.

Pat Werhane's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.