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Scott J. Reynolds
Office: 550
Phone: 206-543-4452
Fax: 206-543-3968

Curriculum vitae:

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3200

The biggest secret of business ethics is that there is nothing new to be taught. The biggest lie of business ethics is that there is nothing new to be learned.

Scott J. Reynolds

Professor of Business Ethics
Chair of the Department of Management and Organization
Michael G. Foster Endowed Professor


PhD University of Minnesota (2002)
MOB Brigham Young University (1995)
BS Brigham Young University (1993)

Academic Expertise

corporate social responsibility
ethical decision making

Current Research

Ethical decision making

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2002

Selected Publications

  1. Mindful but forgetful: The negative effect of trait mindfulness on memories of immoral behavior
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J., Eliseo, M., Watkins, T. & Miriam, M., (in press). Business & Society Review,
  2. For the sake of the ingroup: The double-edged effects of collectivism on workplace unethical behavior
    Journal Article:Chen, C., Sheldon, O., Chen, M., & Reynolds, S. J., (in press). Business Ethics Quarterly,
  3. The unintended consequences of empowering leadership: Increased deviance for some followers
    Journal Article:Yam, K. C., Reynolds, S. J., Zhang, P. C. & Su, R. K., (2022). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 181(3), pp. 683-700.
  4. Threat of racial and economic inequality increases preference for algorithm decision-making
    Journal Article:Bigman, Y. E., Yam, K. C., Marciano, D., Reynolds, S. J. & Gray, K., (2021). Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 122(106859),
  5. Overcoming the psychological barriers of CSR
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J., (2021). Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 50(2), pp. 1-7.
  6. The study of behavioral ethics within organizations
    Journal Article:Mitchell, M. S., Reynolds, S. J. & Treviño, L. K., (2020). Personnel Psychology, Vol. 73(1), pp. 5-17.
  7. The dark side: Giving context and meaning to a growing genre of ethics-related research.
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J. & Bae, E., (2019). Business and Society 360, Emerald Publishers Vol. 3, pp. 239-258.
  8. Turning good soldiers into bad apples: Examining when and why citizenship behavior leads to deviance
    Journal Article:Yam, K. C., Klotz, A. C., He, W., & Reynolds, S., (2017). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 60, pp. 1-24.

Working Papers

“Morality in the Age of Robots: A Model of Individual Moral Behavior within Advanced Human-Machine Interactions,” with U. Kahn.
“The skeptical advocate: Incorporating the normative into behavioral ethics research.”
“The moral self.”

Honors and Awards

Master Ethics Teacher, Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, 2019
TMMBA Faculty of the Quarter, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010
Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Excellence in Case Development and Curriculum Innovation, 2014
University of Washington Distinguished Graduate Mentor Nominee, 2008
Dean’s Junior Faculty Research Award, 2007

Courses Taught

I teach courses on Ethical Leadership in several of our MBA programs. Ethical leaders are able to effectively handle and resolve individual, managerial and organizational issues with moral content. In these courses, I use readings, cases, and discussions to help our students develop their knowledge and abilities in each of these three areas.