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Prof helps York become leader in business ethics research

York ranked first in Canada and seventh in the world in business ethics research among leading academic institutions, according to a recently published study on business ethics research.

Ushering the way for York was Professor Mark Schwartz (right) of the School of Administrative Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), who was listed as the number one leading business ethics research scholar in Canada and 14th in the world.

The rankings identified the leading academic institutions and individual researchers from around the world based on the number of articles published in leading business ethics journals from 1999 to 2008. The rankings were based on a study titled "Business Ethics Research: A Global Perspective" published in the August 2010 issue of the Journal of Business Ethics.

The study found that over the past decade, 1,451 institutions from 67 different countries generated 4,200 leading business ethics journal articles written by 4,435 authors.

A number of other York professors were identified in the study, including Bryan Husted (ranked second in Canada, tied for 20th in the world) and Andrew Crane (ranked third in Canada, 43rd in the world), both from the Schulich School of Business. Professor Darryl Reed of the Business & Society Program in LA&PS was also identified as being the second leading business ethics researcher at York.

In the interview below, Schwartz talks about business ethics.

Schwartz (BA ’87, MBA ’91, LLB ’91, PhD ’99) was the first person in Canada to graduate with a PhD specializing in the field of business ethics – under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Wesley Cragg who was the first appointed Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics at the Schulich School of Business.

“I’m proud of my individual research achievement, but I'm even more proud to be part of the York research community, which clearly has a number of outstanding active researchers in the business ethics field,” says Schwartz.

The other Canadian academic institutions that made it to the top-100 list include the University of Calgary (23rd), the University of Toronto (57th) and the University of Western Ontario (76th).

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