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Denise Kleinrichert, Ph.D.

Spring 2024
Location: BUS 344
Office Hours:
Wed: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.BUS 344 or Online
Thu: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.DTC 506


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Denise Kleinrichert, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at the Lam Family College of Business. Previously, she was a Professor in Management and Ethics, and 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 Lam Family College of Business' annual Business Ethics Week (2007 - 2018), is the founder of the Ethics & Compliance Workshop series, co-developed the Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence, the Graduate 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. 


  • B.A. in Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.A. in Social & Political Theory, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • M.A. in Philosophy: Concentration in Ethics, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy: Concentration in Business Ethics, University of South Florida, Tampa

Research Interests: 

  • Business and Organizational Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance and Risk
  • Women and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Business Practice

Professional Associations: 

  • Academy of Management
  • Aspen Institute
  • Society for Business Ethics
  • Western Academy of Management