Associate Professor of Management
David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics
Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina; B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Christian University
VanSandt's main focus in teaching is to help students develop their critical thinking skills, to get them to question conventional wisdom, and to help them become engaged, productive citizens. He chose to teach in the business school because economic activity has become, by far, the dominant social institution in our society. His content focus is on business ethics, organizational culture and strategy.
The role of business in society, social entrepreneurship and the ability of business to help alleviate poverty.
As the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, VanSandt is charged with fostering awareness, discussion, and debate about ethical practices in business; educating students and the community about the social and ethical issues facing business; establishing UNIBusiness as Iowa's best recognized platform for business ethics and the Wilson Chair as the most prominent authority of business ethics; acting as a catalyst for high quality research and debate regarding business ethics and the role of business in society; and enabling business to embrace an expanded role in promoting the common good. He also serves on the leadership team, Center for Academic Ethics.
VanSandt has had numerous papers published in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Education, Business & Society, Law & Policy, and Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior; presented dozens of papers at national academic conferences; twice voted by graduating seniors to present the "Last Lecture"; Fellow of the Washington Internship Institute, working with the Institute for Health Policy Solutions; visiting professor at the U. S. Army War College; finalist for the Best Dissertation Award by the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management.
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