Associate Professor of Business Ethics
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.4907 Fax: 412.396.4764
Virginia W. Gerde is an Associate Professor of Management and Ethics in the Management division. Dr. Gerde teaches the Management Major core course Critical Managerial Decision Making and graduate courses in business ethics including the areas of organizational ethics, information ethics and sustainability. She has also taught courses in business strategy and corporate governance. She has published several articles on teaching business ethics including "X-Men Ethics: Teaching Business Ethics Using Comic Books" and "Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset: Lessons from Dead Poets' Society."
In her research, Dr. Gerde explores the relationships among a firm's financial, social, and environmental performance as well as factors of an organization's ethical climate. Previous work looked at the development of American business ethics in "Moral Cover for Capitalism: The Harmony of Interests Doctrine." Her research has appeared in international journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Management History, the Journal of High Technology Management, and Business Strategy and Environment.
Prior to joining Duquesne, Dr. Gerde was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Tech, a Master's in Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor's in Engineering from Princeton University. She worked several years in environmental consulting on Superfund sites and a range of corporate projects. A Colonel in the US Army Reserves, Dr. Gerde works part-time in leadership and ethics at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has over 6 years command time and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a staff officer.
Neck, H, Gerde, V, Neck, C (2007), "Dead Poets Society: Eight Lessons for Entrepreneurs", International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education
Weber, J, Gerde, V, Wasieleski, D, (2007), "A Blueprint for Designing an Ethics Program in an Academic Setting", Advancing Business Ethics Education in the 21st Century, In Press
Bell, L, Gerde, V, (2008), "Private Military Firms: Ethical and Legal Issues", International Society for Military Ethics
Gerde, V., & Foster, R. (2008). X-Men Ethics: Teaching Business Ethics Using Comic Books. Journal Of Business Ethics, 77, 245-258.
Weber, J., & Gerde, V. (2008). Mission-driven Business School Education at a Catholic University: The Role of Ethics and Sustainability in Curriculum Development, Faculty Recruitment and Extracurricular Activities. Business Education at Catholic Universities, U Notre Dame.
Weber, J., Gerde, V., & Wasieleski, D. (2008). A Blueprint for Designing an Ethics Program in an Academic Setting. In D. L. S. a. D. G. Fisher (Ed.), Advancing Business Ethics Education (pp. 85-101). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Drake, M., Gerde, V., & Wasieleski, D. (2009). Socially Responsible Modeling: A Stakeholder Approach to the Implementation of Ethical Modeling in Operations Research. OR Spectrum.
Weber, J., & Gerde, V. (2009). A Model to Audit a Company's Ethics and Compliance Program Ethikos.
Gerde, V. & Foster, R. (2009). The New Bone Wars: The Role of Professional Jurisdiction in the Sale of Fossils. International Association for Business and Society.
Gerde, V. (2009, October). Use of KLD Database for Panel Data. International Corporate Responsibility Conference at GWU, Washington, District of Columbia.
Singal, M., Gerde, V., & (2010). DIVERSITY PERFORMANCE AND THE BOTTOM LINE: EVIDENCE FROM FAMILY FIRMS. Paper presented at the Academy of Management.
Weber, J., & Gerde, V. (2010). Organizational Role and Environmental Uncertainty as Influences on Ethical Work Climate in Military Units. Journal Of Business Ethics.
My research covers three general areas. First, I am always trying to find and develop interesting ways to teach. With Duquesne's emphasis on effective learning, I am continually updating and improving my courses. Second, I focus on firm-level factors that affect financial and social performance. I look at organization structure, ethical work climate, policies, and other behavior that impact financial, social, environmental performance. Finally, my work reaches out to other business disciplines to build a better understanding of management decisions, actions, and outcomes.