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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
Weyerhaeuser Endowed Faculty Fellow


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

Academic Expertise

corporate social responsibility

Current Research

Ethical decision making

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2002

Selected Publications

  1. Overcoming the psychological barriers of CSR
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J., (in press). Organizational Dynamics,
  2. The benefits and perils of job candidates’ signaling their morality in selection decisions
    Journal Article:Yam, K. C., Reynolds, S. J., Wiltermuth, S. S. & Zhang, Y., (in press). Personnel Psychology, pp. 1-27.
  3. The dark side: Giving context and meaning to a growing genre of ethics-related research.
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J. & Bae, E., (in press). Business and Society 360, Emerald Publishers Vol. 3,
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The effect of victim anonymity on unethical behavior
    Journal Article:Yam, K. C., & Reynolds, S. J., (2016). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 136, pp. 13-22.
  7. Are the “customers” of business ethics courses satisfied? An examination of one source of business ethics education legitimacy
    Journal Article:Reynolds, S. J. & Dang, C. T., (2016). Business & Society, Vol. 56, pp. 947–974.

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.”

PhD Student Collaborators

Ussama Ahmad Khan, Young Won Rhee

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.