Joseph Badaracco

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Joseph Badaracco
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Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses on business ethics, strategy, and management in the School’s MBA and executive programs. From 2006 to 2010, he was Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program.

Joseph Badaracco 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. He has been Housemaster of Currier House at Harvard College, serves on the Faculty Committee of the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions, and is also the faculty chair of the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo.

In recent years, Professor Badaracco was chairman of the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and served on the boards of two public companies. He has taught in executive programs in the United States, Japan, and many other countries and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics.

In his first book, Loading the Dice, Mr. Badaracco compared business-government relations in five countries. His next book was a study of ethics and business leadership, entitled Leadership and the Quest for Integrity. Joseph’s subsequent research focused on international strategic alliances, and his findings were reported in The Knowledge Link. His recent books are Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right,and Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing. His last book, Questions of Character, was published in April, 2006. It presents the lessons for leaders suggested by works of serious literature. These books have been translated into ten languages. 

Badaracco has three children and lives in Cambridge Massachusetts with his wife, Patricia O’Brien.

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