John Dienhart, PhD

PhD, Ethics, University of Illinois at Urbana
AM, Philosophy, University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana
BA, Philosophy, Roosevelt University

Professor Emeritus, Department of Management
Former Boeing Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics

Teaching Areas

  • MBA-Master of Business Administration

Personal Bio

Dr. John Dienhart joined Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics in 1999 as a Professor of Management and the Frank Shrontz Chair for Professional Ethics. John was the Director of the Center for Business Ethics at Albers and the Director of the Northwest Ethics Network, an independent group of ethics and compliance officers from the Pacific Northwest. He is also an Invited Fellow of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, DC. He consults with and does ethics training for Bonneville Power Administration, Costco, Holland America, Premera, Russell Investment Group, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser and the Russell Family Foundation. He has worked in business ethics since 1980.

John has his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana and is a past President of the Society for Business Ethics. The Society for Business Ethics is an international group of philosophers, economists, legal theorists, and business people devoted to the study and communication of business ethics and its role in leadership. His comments on business ethics have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

John has published four books, several articles, and made many presentations on ethics and leadership in business. His current focus is on leading organizational cultures to promote ethical behavior and compliance. His approach to the subject is described in his co-authored piece “The Ethical Commitment to Compliance: Building Value-Based Cultures” (With Tom Tyler of New York University and Terry Thomas, Principal, TRT Consulting, California Management Review (Winter 2008).