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Tim Fort

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(812) 855-9308
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Business School

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  • Professor of Business Law and Ethics
  • Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics

Campus

  • Bloomington

Education

  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1995
  • JD, Northwestern University, 1983
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, 1984
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1980

Professional Experience

  • George Washington University, Professor
  • University of Michigan, Professor
  • Business Roundtable Ethics Institute, Faculty Fellow
  • William Davidson Institute, Faculty Fellow
  • Loyola University Chicago, Adjunct Professor and Director of Major and Planned Gifts
  • Monmouth College, Instructor
  • Burke, Wilson, Associate
  • Fort, Fort & Hennengent, Partner

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Best Book Award Nomination: Academy of Management (2013)
  • Peter Vail Award Nominee for Outstanding Doctoral Faculty (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009)
  • Academy of Management SIM Division Best Book Award (for Business, Integrity, and Peace) (2010)
  • George Washington University Office of Service Learning Faculty Award (2009)
  • Outstanding Faculty For George Washington University Executive MBA Program (2007)
  • Best Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Business Ethics (with D. Hess & R. McWhorter) (2005)
  • Best Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (with N. Shami, N. Bos, and M. Gordon) (2004)
  • Faculty Pioneer Award for Academic Achievement from the World Resources Institute and The Aspen Institute (2003)
  • Distinguished Conference Proceedings Award, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (with C. Schipani) (2002)
  • Holmes-Cardozo Award, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (with E. Callahan, T. Dworkin, and C. Schipani) (2001)
  • Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Paper in International Business Law, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, International Law Section (with J. Liu) (2001)
  • Bank One Corporation Assistant Research Professor, University of Michigan Business School (2000)
  • Outstanding Conference Proceedings Paper, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2000)
  • Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Paper in International Business Law, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, International Law Section (2000)

Professional Interests

Ethical Decision Making, Building Ethical Corporate Culture, The Impact of Religion on Sustainable Peace, The Intersection of Religion and Business

Background

Timothy Fort holds the Everleigh Chair in Business Ethics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He previously held the Lindner-Gambal Chair in Business Ethics at the George Washington University School of Business from 2005-2013. There, he founded and served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and was Academic Director for the STAR EMBA Program. While at GW, he also served as Interim Dean for the Undergraduate Program and Department Chair of Strategic Management and Public Policy. From 1994-2005 he was a professor at the University of Michigan where he also held the Bank One Assistant Professorship of Business Administration. His primary research identity pertains to issues of ethical corporate culture and the relationship between ethical business and sustainable peace. He has authored four major books (Oxford University Press, 2001; Cambridge University Press 2003 with Cindy Schipani); a solely authored with Cambridge in 2007, and Yale University Press in 2008). His Business, Integrity and Peace won the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management’s Social Issues in Business Section. He currently is working on fifth book on the topic with Stanford University Press: Diplomat in the Corner Office. He is currently writing two textbooks for West Publishing, one on Business Law with Northwestern University Law School’s Stephen Presser and a solely authored textbook on Business Ethics. Fort holds his PhD from Northwestern University where he also received his JD. His M.A. and B.A. are from the University of Notre Dame. He has received research awards from The Academy of Management, the Society of Business Ethics, and The Academy of Legal Studies of Business and has served on the editorial board of The Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, and The American Business Law Journal. He has authored more than seventy academic articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Selected Publications

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2014), Diplomat in the Corner Office: How Business Contributes to Peace, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA, forthcoming.

  • Fort, Timothy L. and S. Presser (2014), Business Law, West Publishing, forthcoming.

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2014), Vision of the Firm: Ethics & Organizations, West Publishing, forthcoming.

  • Fort, Timothy L., J. Oetzel, M. Westermann-Behaylo, C. Koeber, and J. Rivera (2010), “Business and Peace: Sketching the Terrain” 89 Journal of Business Ethics 351

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2010), “Business and Peace: A Multisectoral Approach” 89 Journal of Business Ethics 347 (Editor Overview Article for Special Issue entitled “Peace Through Commerce.”)

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2008) Prophets, Profits, & Peace: How Businesses Can Become Instruments of Peace and Foster Religious Harmony (Yale University Press, New Haven, CT) (Nominated for Best Book Award, Academy of Management, SIM Division).

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2007) Business, Integrity, and Peace: Beyond Geopolitical and Disciplinary Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, London) (winner 2010 Best Book Award Academy of Management SIM Division).

  • Fort, Timothy L., R. Bies, J. Bartunek, and M. Zald (2007), “Corporations as Agents of Social Change: Individual, Interpersonal, Institutional, and Environmental Dynamics ” 32 Academy of Management Review 788-793 (Co-Editor Overview article for Special Issue entitled “Corporations as Agents of Social Change”).

  • Fort, Timothy L. and S. Salbu (2007), “An Overview of The Ethics of Commercial Speech “ 17 Business Ethics Quarterly 1-4 (Co-Editor Overview article for Special Issue entitled “Ethics and Commercial Free Speech”).

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2007), “The Times and Seasons of Corporate Responsibility: Peace Through Commerce.” 44 American Business Law Journal 287 - 329

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2007), “An Action Plan for The Role of Business in Fostering Peace” 44 American Business Law Journal 359-377

  • Fort, Timothy L. and J. Gabel (2007), “Peace Through Commerce: An Overview” 44 American Business Law Journal v-viii  (Co-Editor Overview article for Special Issue entitled “Peace Through Commerce.”)

  • Fort, Timothy L., D. Hess and R. McWhorter (2005), “The 2004 Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Their Implicit Call for a Symbiotic Integration of Business Ethics” 11 Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law 725-764

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2005), “Steps For Building Ethics Programs,” Hastings Business Law Journal 1:194-205

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2004), “Ecology and Violence: The Environmental Dimensions of War.” 29 Columbia Environmental Law Journal 243-278

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2004), “A Deal, A Dolphin, and a Rock.” Business Ethics Quarterly 4 Ruffin Series 81-91

  • Fort, Timothy L. and Cindy A. Schipani (2004) The Role of Business in Fostering Peaceful Societies. (Cambridge University Press, London).

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2003), “Scandals and Sustainable Security.” 10 Corporate Environmental Strategy 2-185-191

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2003), "Adapting Corporate Governance for Sustainable Peace." 36 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 377-426

  • Fort, Timothy L. and T. Dunfee (2003), “Corporate Hypergoals, Sustainable Peace, and The Adapted Firm.” 36 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 563-617

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2003), “Corporate Governance and Sustainable Peace: Intra-Organizational Dimensions of Business Behavior and Reduced Levels of Violence.” 36 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 367-376

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2002), “The Role of the Corporate Governance in Fostering Sustainable Peace.” 35 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 389-436

  • Fort, Timothy L. and J. Liu (2002), “Chinese Business and the Internet: The Infrastructure for Trust.” 35 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1545-1599

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2002), “A Symposium on Corporate Governance, Stakeholder Accountability, and Sustainable Peace.” 35 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 379-388

  • Fort, Timothy L., E. Callahan, T. Dworkin and C. Schipani (2002), “Integrating Trends in Whistleblowing and Corporate Governance: Promoting Organizational Effectiveness, Societal Responsibility, and Employee Empowerment.” 40 American Business Law Journal 177-215

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2001), "Corporate Makahiki: The Governing Telos of Peace" 38 American Business Law Journal 301-361

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2001) Ethics and Governance: Business as Mediating Institution. (Oxford University Press, New York)

  • Fort, Timothy L. and J. Noone (2000), "Gifts, Bribes, and Exchange Relationships in Non-Market Economies and Lessons For Pax E-Commercia."  33 Cornell Journal of International Law 515-546

  • Fort, Timothy L. and C. Schipani (2000), "Corporate Governance in a Global Environment."  33 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 829-876

  • Fort, Timothy L. (2000), “On Social Psychology, Business Ethics, and Corporate Governance.”  10 Business Ethics Quarterly 725-733

  • Fort, Timothy L. and E. Limbs (2000), "Nigerian Business Ethics and Their Interface with Virtue Theory." 26 Journal of Business Ethics 169-179