Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

John Shad Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School
Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

Professor Badaracco is a member of the Harvard Business School's General Management Area and has taught courses on strategy, general management, business-government relations, and business ethics in the School's MBA and executive programs. He is a graduate of St. Louis University, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and a DBA. Professor Badaracco has taught in executive programs in the United States, Japan, and several other countries. Badaracco's current research focuses on what counts as sound reflection for busy men and women who have serious responsibilities and face hard, practical problems. He is the author of Loading the Dice, which compares business-government relations in five countries;The Knowledge Link, which Fortune magazine selected as one of the outstanding management books of 1991, and is co-author of Leadership and the Quest for Integrity. His more recent books include Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities; Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right, and Questions of Character. His books have been translated into ten languages.

Professor Badaracco was a Senior Scholar in Ethics in 1989-90, and was the first tenured faculty member in ethics at the Business School. His efforts to integrate ethics teaching into the curriculum contributed in no small way to the establishment, in 2004, of the first required, full-length ethics course in the School's history. "Leadership and Corporate Accountability" focuses on the complex responsibilities facing business leaders today. Badaracco served on the Center's Faculty Committee from 1987 to 2014.

Current Role

Senior Scholar