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Scott 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. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Counterfactual and factual reflection: The influence of past misdeeds on future immoral behavior
    Journal Article:Gaspar, J. P., Seabright, M., Reynolds, S. J. & Yam, K. C., (2015). Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 155, pp. 370-380.
  6. Out of Control: A Self-Control Perspective on the Link Between Surface Acting and Abusive Supervision
    Journal Article:Yam, C. K., Fehr, R., Fong, K., Klotz, A., Reynolds, S., (2015). Journal of Applied Psychology,
  7. The hungry thief: Physiological deprivation and its effect on unethical conduct
    Journal Article:Yam, K.C., Reynolds, S.J., & Hirsh, J.B., (2014). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 125(2), pp. 123–133.

Working Papers

“The mediating role of emotion in ethical leadership: Is follower citizenship more than just learning?” with Yam, K. C. and Fehr, R.
“The skeptical advocate: Incorporating the normative into behavioral ethics research.”
“The moral self.”

Honors and Awards

TMMBA Faculty of the Quarter, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010
Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Excellence in Case Development and Curriculum Innovation, 2014
Faculty PhD Mentor Award, 2013
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.