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Indiana University Bloomington

Business Law

Michael B. Metzger

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(812) 855-9308
metzger [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
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  • Professor of Business Law
  • Jean Ann & Donald E. Foster Chair in Business Ethics
  • Arthur M. Weimer Professor of Bus. Administration
  • Co-Director, MBA Consulting Academy


  • Bloomington


  • JD, Indiana University School of Law
  • BA, Indiana University

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Delta Sigma Chi "Teacher's Excellence Award," 1981
  • Student Alumni Council Outstanding Teacher Award, Spring 1982
  • MBA Association Teaching Excellence Awards, 1981, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
  • MBA Association Most Outstanding Teacher Award, 1983
  • President's Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1990
  • "Best Article of the Year" Awards from The American Business Law Journal, 1977-1978, 1980-1981, 1990-1991, 1995-1996
  • Identified by Business Week as one of Kelley's "Outstanding Faculty" in 1993, 1995, 1997
  • Kelley Innovative Teaching Award 1999
  • MBA Outstanding Faculty Award 1990 (Recognized by 1984-89 MBA Alumni for making the "most significant contribution to their careers")
  • Trustee's Teaching Award 2005

Professional Interests

Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Law & cognition, Law & Organizations

Personal Interests

Weightlifting, Biking, Reading, Formula 1 (Forza Ferrari!), collecting Japanese Cloisonne

Current Projects

  • Executive Critical Thinking Training


Michael B. Metzger is currently the Jean Ann and Donald E. Foster Chair in Business Ethics at the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He has been on the Kelley School faculty since 1972, has served as the School's Associate Dean for Academics on three separate occasions, and is a former chair of its Business Law Department. He received an A.B. from Indiana University in 1966 (political science/forensic studies), and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1969. Before entering academia, Professor Metzger held a variety of positions, including Deputy Securities Commissioner, State of Indiana, and Senior Legislative Analyst, Indiana Legislative Services Bureau. He also was in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the firm of Baratz, Sosin, Jodka, and Metzger. Widely published in legal, business, and ethics journals, his work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Ecology Law Quarterly, the Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Southwestern Law Journal, the Journal of Law and Public Policy, as well as numerous others. Four times he has received the American Business Law Journal's award for the best article of the year. Professor Metzger is the winner of 17 awards for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the President's Award for Outstanding teaching. He has regularly been identified by Business Week as one of the school’s “Outstanding Faculty.” He frequently addresses public and industry groups on legal risk management, business ethics, and critical thinking issues. He currently teaches critical thinking, and legal and ethical risk management in Kelley’s MBA program.

Selected Publications

  • Metzger, Michael B. (2005), "Bridging the Gaps: Cognitive Constraints on Corporate Control & Ethics Education,” University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 16. 

  • Metzger, Michael B. and Dan R. Dalton (1996), "Seeing the Elephant:  An Organizational Perspective on Corporate Moral Agency," American Business Law Journal, Vol. 33. 

  • Metzger, Michael B., Dan R. Dalton, and John Rau (1996), "Hopwood is Bad Business for Business Schools," Business and Society Review, Vol. 97. 

  • Metzger, Michael B. and Dan R. Dalton (1996), "Integrity Testing: Validity, Consistency, Legality," Ethikos, Vol. 10, No. 1. 

  • Metzger, Michael B., Dan R. Dalton, and John W. Hill (1993), "The Organization of Ethics and the Ethics of Organizations: The Case for Expanded Organizational Ethics Audits," Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 3. 

  • Metzger, Michael B. and Dan R. Dalton (1993), "‘Integrity Testing’ for Personnel Selection: An Unsparing Perspective," Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 12.