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S. Prakash Sethi

University Distinguished Professor of Management

Prakash SethiUniversity Distinguished Professor of Management



MA Delhi School of Economics 1959
MBA Columbia University 1962
PhD Columbia University 1968

Areas of Expertise:

Corporate Strategy, Dynamics of Competition and Industry Structure, International Business, International Codes of Conduct, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Selected Publications:

"Investing in Socially Responsible Companies is a Must for Public Pension Funds Because There is no Better Alternatiive." Accepted for publication in Journal of Business Ethics (2005)

"Effectiveness of Industry-Based Codes in Serving Public Interest - The Case of International Council on Mining and Minerals (ICMM)." Accepted for publication in Transnational Corporations (2005)

Setting Global Standards: Guidelines for Creating Codes of Conduct in Multinational Corporations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2003

"Corporate Codes of Conduct and the Success of Globalization." Ethics and International Affairs, 16 (1), 2002.

Economic Imperatives and Ethical Values in Global Business: The South African Experience and International Codes Today (with Oliver Williams). Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.

Up Against the Corporate Wall: Cases in Business and Society. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. 1st ed. 1971, 2d ed. 1974, 3d ed. 1977, 4th ed. 1981, 5th ed. 1991 (with Paul Steidlmeier), 6th ed. 1997 (with Paul Steidlmeier).

Multinational Corporations and the Impact of Public Advocacy on Corporate Strategy: Nestle and the Infant Formula Controversy. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994.

Academic Activities:

Member, Editorial Board, Ethics & International Affairs, New York; Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, 2003

Board of Advisors; Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, Indiana, (1999 - Present).

Member, Foreign Policy Roundtable, Fund for Peace. Washington D. C. (1999 - Present)

Professional Activities:

2005 Guest Editor, Special Issue, "Voluntary Commitments - The Next Step in Narrowing the Legitimacy Gap in Corporate Conduct and Societal Expectations: " Business and Society Review. 2005

Guest Editor, Special Issue "Voluntary Codes of Corporate Conduct: Promises and Challenges" Journal of Business Ethics. 2005

Guest Editor, Special Issue, "Normative and Business Approaches to Corporate Social Accountability - The Impact of Voluntary codes of conduct," Business Ethics Quarterly. 2004

Principal Organizer of an International Conference on "Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Multinational Corporations: Promises and Challenges" in New York from May 12-15, 2004. This conference was jointly sponsored by International Center for Corporate Accountability, Inc., Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, The Wharton School, World Bank Institute, Mattel, Inc., Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., other co-sponsors and supporting organizations included multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world. 2004 - Present

Member, Board of Editors, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society (UK). 2004 - Present

Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Human Values, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India 2003 - present

Member, Board of Editors, Ethics & International Affairs, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International affairs, New York.

President, International Center for Corporate Accountability, Inc.(ICCA), 2003 - present. ICCA is an independent non-for-profit, think tank based at the Zicklin School of Business, CUNY, New York. ICCA's mission is to undertake cutting-edge research, and public policy advocacy in the area of enhanced corporate accountability through voluntary corporate codes of conduct in the national and international arenas.

Advisor-Consultant to various corporations and industry groups, government agencies, and NGOs in the United States, and other parts of the world. Issues involved include: business strategy, international business, mergers and acquisitions, social issues management, business ethics, voluntary codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility and advocacy/issue advertising, public affairs management, Triple Bottom Line reporting and assessment, 1980 - present.

Chairperson, Mattel Independent Monitoring Council for Global Manufacturing Principles (MIMCO), Inc. U.S.A. This is the first time a major multinational corporation in the consumer products industry has established a global code of conduct for its manufacturing operations and asked an outsider group of experts to monitor the company's compliance with the code and also to make its findings public (1997 - 2002).

Member, Board of Directors, United states, South Africa Leadership Development Program, 1998-2003.

Member, Board of Advisors, Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, University of Notre Dame, 1999-present.

Member, Foreign Policy Roundtable, Fund for Peace, Washington, D.C., 1999-present.


Awards, Honors, etc.:

Sumner Marcus Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management, 1991.

Award for Distinguished Scholarship (Keynote Speaker), Thailand's 1st Annual Labor Codes Conference, Bangkok.


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