Virginia W. Gerde, Ph.D.
Virginia W. Gerde , Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Ethics
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Contact Information
814 Rockwell Hall
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.