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Peter Madsen

Adjunct Faculty, Heinz College


Peter Madsen


Peter Madsen is Distinguished Service Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility with appointments in the Provost’s Office and the Heinz College. He is also Executive Director Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy.  He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph. D. from Duquesne University and an MA from DePauw University, both in the field of Philosophy.  He was an editorial board member of the Business Ethics Quarterly for 16 years and is one of the original members of the Society for Business Ethics and the International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics.  He is also active with the International Association for Business and Society and the American Philosophical Association.

Madsen's interests are varied in the field of applied ethics, but he has concentrated his efforts in the areas of international corporate responsibility, professional ethics and computers, society and ethics. His papers and reviews appear in diverse journals and reference texts such as the Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Management Accounting, Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, The Dictionary of Business Ethics and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management.


Ph.D., Duquesne University
M.A., DePauw University
B.A., Alfred University


"Dynamic Transparency, Prudential Justice, and Corporate Transformation: Becoming Socially Responsible in the Internet Age". Special Issue on Network Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics , accepted and forthcoming in 2010.

"A Survey of International Corporate Responsibility". Edited by John Hooker, Mohamed Doboshi and Peter Madsen, Volume 4 of the International Corporate Responsibility Series, Philosophy Documentation Center, University of Delaware, 2009.

"Corporate Dynamic Transparency: The new ICT-Driven Ethics?". Ethics and Information Technology, by A. Vaccaro, and P. Madsen, 11(2), 113-122, 2009.

"ICT and an NGO: Difficulties in Attempting to be Extremely Transparent". Ethics and Information Technology, by A. Vaccaro, and P. Madsen, 11(3), 221-231, 2009.

"Transparency, and Information and Communication Technology: Social Responsibility and Accountability in Business and Education". Edited by Antonino Vaccaro, Hugo Horta and Peter Madsen, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2008.