Faculty Members

The center draws upon the expertise and efforts of faculty throughout the College of Business.

Seven current College of Business faculty specifically teach, host special events and conduct research primarily in the areas of business ethics and sustainability in support of the mission of the center. A number of additional faculty assist in an advisory capacity or facilitate signature events, such as the annual Business Ethics Week, Summer High School Student Sustainability Camps, Ethics & Compliance Workshops and more. Several retired faculty assisted in creating CESB in 2010: Murray Silverman, Bruce Paton, Peter Melhus and Will Weinstein. They were instrumental in creating the center with the assistance of the current faculty, who also serve as either founding and new faculty. The CESB Advisory Board of faculty from across the College of Business will be further enhanced during the 2016-17 academic year with the addition of visiting business leaders and student representatives.

Current Faculty

Denise Kleinrichert, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Director

Denise Kleinrichert, Associate Professor of Management

Denise Kleinrichert, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Management and Ethics. She is the Director of the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB). This Center integrates ethics and sustainable business teaching and service to community and the university, as well as research. She also has served as Chair of the College of Business' annual Business Ethics Week since 2007, is founder of the Ethics & Compliance Workshop series, co-developed the Business Certificate in Ethics & Compliance and the MBA Emphasis in Ethics & Compliance. She has focused her academic career in the areas of business ethics and compliance, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, and women social entrepreneurs. She teaches two undergraduate courses: Seminar on Business & Society and Ethics at Work. She also teaches MBA seminar courses: Ethics and Compliance, Political, Social, Legal Environment of Business, and Sustainability and Business Opportunity. Her research publications include numerous peer reviewed journal articles and two book chapters on topics in ethics, risk and corporate boards, CSR, sustainability, and women entrepreneurs. She also has earlier corporate executive and management experience in risk management and human resources in the banking, healthcare and property/casualty insurance industries. Her education includes: a BA in Economics from Indiana University, and two Master's degrees (Thesis: Winifred Carney: Socialism and Women in Irish Textile Trade Unions in Belfast) from the University of South Florida. Her PhD studies were inclusive of coursework in the College of Business and Philosophy Department including: Social Ethical Legal Systems, Contemporary Ethical Theory, Organizational Design/Structure, Politics/Control in Organizations, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Work & Gender, Development Ethics. She defended her dissertation, Responsibility and Practice in Notions of Corporate Social Responsibility and was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Ethics) from the University of South Florida by a committee of faculty advisors from the College of Business and Philosophy Department. 

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Tom Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Tom Thomas, Professor of Management

Tom Thomas, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Business, and associate director of the CESB. He teaches in the area of the social, political, ethical and legal environment of business. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the University of Washington's School of Business Administration, where he spent eight years teaching courses in business, government, and society, environmental management, and the politics of business regulation. While there, he conducted research primarily in business political strategy and corporate environmental management, and co-founded the first MBA Environmental Management program in the U.S. He received both his Ph.D. (in business & public policy) and his MBA from University of California, Berkeley. He also received his master of public policy degree from the University of Michigan.

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Geoff Desa, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Geoff Desa, Assistant Professor of Management

Geoff Desa, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management in the College of Business. He is a member of the Sustainability Group within the College of Business and teaches business and society, strategic management, and social entrepreneurship. Geoff's research examines resource mobilization and venture development in the technology and social entrepreneurship sector. He earned his Ph.D. in business from the University of Washington in Seattle with emphases in technology entrepreneurship, strategic management, and public affairs. Prior to that, Geoff worked at Novera Optics and at Hewlett Packard as an optical engineer. He earned his M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is on the board of the Common Data Project, a technology social venture engaged in information technology privacy.

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Caterina Tantalo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Caterina Tantalo, Assistant Professor of Management

Caterina Tantalo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management and sustainable business in the College of Business at SF State. She teaches in the areas of business policy and strategic management at SF State, and prior to that lectured in strategic management, organizational behavior, and Capsim Simulation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Caterina has presented on corporate social responsibility and sustainability at numerous management conferences, and has published a paper on corporate social responsibility and competitiveness in the International Journal of Technology and Management. She received her Ph.D. in management science, her M.A. in strategic management, and her B.A. in business management from Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy.

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Smita K. Trivedi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Smita K. Trivedi, Assistant Professor of Business and Society/Sustainable Business

Smita K. Trivedi, Ph.D., is assistant professor of business and society/sustainable business in the management department at the College of Business. She primarily teaches the Seminar in Business and Society, and has taught undergraduate strategy as well. Professor Trivedi received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in public policy, her master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in strategic management and public policy from the George Washington University School of Business. Her research is focused on business and poverty alleviation, and has conducted research in the areas of social and ethical bases of trust networks in business. Her publications have been in the areas of business ethics education, business and peace, and her dissertation focused on women entrepreneurs in the context of extreme and moderate poverty in India. She was named an emerging scholar and awarded the Founders' Award at the Society for Business Ethics in 2010.

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Oscar Jerome Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Oscar Jerome Stewart, Assistant Professor of Management

Oscar Stewart, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business. Oscar primarily teaches the seminar course Business and Society, and his research focuses on the intersection of organizational theory, strategy and business ethics. His main research stream is focused on corporate irresponsibility and includes a theoretical account of corporate strategic irresponsibility, empirical exploration of corporate strategic irresponsibility’s mechanisms, as well as an exploration of the determinants of corporate integrity violations in the pharmaceutical industry. Oscar earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Interdisciplinary Organizational Science Program. Prior to his doctoral work, Oscar worked at Travelers Insurance as a commercial insurance underwriter and as a program facilitator in talent management.

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Manely Sharifian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Manely Sharifian, Assistant Professor of Management

Manely Sharifian, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business. She teaches business and society courses at SF state, and prior to that lectured in strategic management, and organization behavior at University of Alberta. Manely’s research examines the industry and country conditions that stimulate clean technology patenting, and the political, economic, and firm-specific features of cleantech start-ups that attract investment capital. In both her R&D and commercialization (supply and demand side) analyses, she controls for standard economic and policy features of country and regional contexts, focusing instead on how firm and management identities enable clean tech ventures to launch and succeed. Manely is also interested in women's entrepreneurship; she won the Best Paper Award in the "Entrepreneurship and Gender" section at the Diana-ACERE Conference in Australia 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in business from University of Alberta in Canada and her MSc. in management and economics of innovation from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Prior to that she worked for several years in oil and gas consulting companies in Iran. She earned her BSc. in Industrial Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran.

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