Profile Summary

Laura Pincus Hartman is the Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy and Clinical Professor of Business Ethics in the department of Organizational Behavior. She also serves as an Associated Professor at the Kedge Business School (Marseille, France).

Previously, she was Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business and a Senior Wicklander Fellow at the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. Hartman also has taught at INSEAD (France), HEC (France), the Université Paul Cezanne Aix Marseille III, the University of Toulouse, and at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

Hartman co-founded and currently serves as Board Chair of a trailblazing trilingual elementary school in Haiti, the School of Choice / l’Ecole de Choix, which provides high quality leadership development education to children living in the most extreme conditions of poverty. She was also instrumental in the hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti, Zafèn. From 2009-2012, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players of FarmVille, Words with Friends and other online games have contributed nearly $20 million toward both domestic and international social causes. Hartman’s work, integrated throughout these endeavors and published in more than 80 articles, cases and books, demonstrates the potential for innovative and profitable partnerships to alleviate poverty while providing measurable value to all stakeholders involved.

A winner of the Microsoft CreateGOOD award at Cannes Lions (2015), named one of one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2014), Hartman serves as an advisor to a number of start-ups and has consulted with multinational for-profits, non-profits and educational institutions. She was invited to BAInnovate’s inaugural UnGrounded lab and has been named to Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.”

Hartman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She splits her time between Boston and Chicago.

  • Education Open or Close

    JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1988.

    BS, Tufts University, Social Psychology, 1985.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Hartman, L., & Gedro, J. (2016). Education as Positive Disruption: l'Ecole de Choix / the School of Choice, as a Case Study of Critical National Human Resource Development. Human Resource Development Quarterly , 27(1), 67-94.
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      Hartman, L., Gedro, J., & Masterson, C. (2015). Navigating the Life Cycle of Trust in Developing Economies: One-Size Solutions Do Not Fit All. Business and Society Review, 120(2), 167-204.

      Hartman, L., Neame, A., & Gedro, J. (2014). Educating Next Generation Leaders: Lessons for Emerging Economies from John Dewey. Schools: Studies in Education, 11(2), 219-262.

      Calton, J., Werhane, P., Hartman, L., & Bevan, D. (2013). Building Partnerships to Create Social and Economic Value at the Base of the Global Development Pyramid. Journal of Business Ethics , 117(4), 721-733.

      Hartman, L., & Werhane, P. (2013). Proposition: Shared Value as an Incomplete Mental Model. Business Ethics Journal Review , 1(6), online.
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      Hartman, L., & Archer, C. (2013). False Beliefs, Partial Truths: Personal Myths and Ethical Blind Spots. Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 14(1), 5-19.

      Hartman, L., Werhane, P., Bevan, D., Clark, K., & Archer, C. (2012). Trust after The Global Financial Meltdown. Business and Society Review, 116(4), 403-433.

      Hartman, L., Mead, E., Christmas, D., & Werhane, P. (2011). Connecting the World Through Games: Creating Shared Value in the Case of Zynga’s Corporate Social Strategy. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 8(1), 199-230.

      Hartman, L., Werhane, P., & Clark, K. (2011). Development, Poverty and Business Ethics. Universia Business Review, 30, 96-108.

      Hartman, L., Werhane, P., Moberg, D., Englehardt, E., Pritchard, M., & Parmar, B. (2011). Social Constructivism, Mental Models, and Problems of Obedience. Journal of Business Ethics, 100(1), 103-118.

      Hartman, L., & Dhanda, K. (2011). The Ethics of Carbon Neutrality: A Critical Examination of Voluntary Carbon Offset Providers. Journal of Business Ethics, 100(1), 119-149.

      Hartman, L., & Dhanda, K. (Accepted). Cross Sector Partnerships: An Examination of Success Factors. Business and Society Review, Boston.

      Hartman, L., Werhane, P., Clark, C., VanSandt, C., & Sud, M. (Accepted). Strategic Global Strategy: the intersection of general principles, corporate responsibility and value-added. Business and Society Review, March 2017, Boston.

    Books:

      Hartman, L., werhane, p., archer, c., englehardt, e., & pritchard, m. (2013). Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making: Mental Models, Milgram and the Problem of Obedience. cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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      Hartman, L., DesJardins, J., & MacDonald, C. (2013). Business Ethics: Decision-Making for Personal Integrity & Social Responsibility.(3E), Burr Ridge: McGraw-Hill .

      Hartman, L., & Bennett-Alexander, D. (2012). Employment Law for Business, 8th edition. Burr Ridge: McGraw-Hill.
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      Hartman, L., Werhane, P., Kelley, S., & Moberg, D. (2009). Alleviating Poverty through Profitable Partnerships: Globalization, Markets and Economic Well-Being. : Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

    Book Chapters:

      Dhanda, K., & Hartman, L. (2012). Carbon Offset Markets: A Viable Instrument? in "Handbook of CO2 in Power Systems", in Carbon Offset Markets: A Viable Instrument, Qipeng P. Zheng, Steffen Rebennack, Panos M. Pardalos, Niko A. Iliadis, and Mario V. F. Pereira , Berlin: Springer - Verlag.
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    Other Publications:

      Hartman, L., Albert, P., & Archer, C. (2013). Transforming Education in Rural Haiti: Intel and l’Ecole de Choix.: Darden Business Publishing.
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      Hartman, L., Mead, E., Christmas, D., & Werhane, P. (2012). Transformational Gaming: Zynga's social strategy.: Darden Business Publishing.

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Hartman, L. (Presenter & Author). Vocation of the Business Leader, Educating Tomorrow’s Business Leader: The Dewey Approach, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. (October 12, 2013).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). IIT Strategy Conference, Using strategic design to alter the value web for people in poverty, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology. (May 14, 2013).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). BlogHer Entrpreneurs, Social Ventures, BlogHer, San Jose, CA. (March 21, 2013).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). Encuentro de Liderazgo Empresarial (‘Business Leadership Forum’), Encuentro de Liderazgo Empresarial (‘Business Leadership Forum’) – Emprendimiento Social Rentable (‘Profitable Social Enterprise’), University of Monterrey, University of Monterrey. (October 9, 2012).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). Cause Marketing Forum, The Gamification of Cause Marketing, Cause Marketing Forum, Chicago, IL. (May 31, 2012).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). The Conference Board, Social Strategy and Corporate Responsibility, The Conference Board, Chicago, IL. (May 17, 2012).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HOCM College), Poverty Alleviation and Operations Innovations, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Chicago, IL. (April 19, 2012).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). Poverty alleviation through Innovation: Crashing our Mental Models, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut. (April 12, 2012).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). Opportunity International, How Innovation can Alleviate Poverty, Opportunity International, San Francisco, CA. (October 1, 2011).

      Hartman, L. (Presenter Only). Social Media for Non-Profits Conference, Gaming for good: Changing Lives One Seed at a Time, Gaming for Good, Chicago, IL. (September 1, 2011).

    Accepted Lectures:

      Hartman, L. (Presenter & Author), & Dhanda, K. (Presenter & Author). Decision Sciences International Annual Meeting, For-profit/Non-profit Partnerships: Education, Sustainability and Humanitarian Aid, Decision Sciences International, Bali, Indonesia. (July 12, 2013).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

      International, Boston University, Board of Advisors of a Company, Maternity Homes Access in Zambia (MAHMAZ) Project. (2015 - Present).
      Governance and Management Advisory Committee Member, Maternity Homes Access in Zambia (MAHMAZ) Project, Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health and Development


    Service to the Profession:

      International, Professional/To the Academy, Pro Bono Professional Service, Member, Business Intelligence Board, Workforce Magazine. (2014 - Present).

      International, Professional/To the Academy, Pro Bono Professional Service, Social Impact Committee, Soles 4 Souls. (2013 - Present).

      International, Professional/To the Academy, Board of Advisors of a Company, Life Giving Force, Inc.. (2010 - Present).

      International, Professional/To the Academy, Board of Directors of a Company, School of Choice / l'Ecole de Choix (Haiti). (2010 - Present).
      Board Chair


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Board of Advisors of a Company, Universities for Poverty Alleviation (Helsinki España). (2009 - Present).
      Steering Committee member, Universities for Poverty Alleviation (Helsinki España)


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Program Coordinator, Society for Business Ethics. (2004 - Present).
      Director, Mentoring Program


      Regional, Professional/To the Academy, Board of Advisors of a Company, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science . (2013 - 2015).
      Global Health Advisory Board Member, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Pro Bono Professional Service, BlogHer. (2013 - 2013).
      Invited Mentor


      National, Professional/To the Academy, Board of Directors of a Company, Institute for Business & Professional Ethics. (2000 - 2013).
      Member, Board of Directors


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Program Coordinator, AACSB. (2005 - 2010).
      Annual AACSB “Teaching Business Ethics” conference


  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    Hartman, L. Journal of Business Ethics, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, International, Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 1995 - Present).

    Hartman, L. SpringerBriefs in Ethics, Editor, International, Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2011 - 2012).

    Hartman, L. Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Managing Editor, Editor, International, Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2010 - 2011).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    CreateGOOD Award (Cannes Lions Festival), Microsoft, Service, Professional. (June 8, 2015).

    100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, Ethisphere, Service, Professional. (July 8, 2014).

    Most Creative People in Business (inaugural list), Fast Company, Service, Professional. (January 1, 2014).

    Humanitarian Award, Motion Picture Association of Haiti, Service, Community. (November 24, 2013).

    Women of Spirit and Action Award, DePaul University, Service, University. (July 8, 2013).

    The WSA Award honors women ?colleagues who have contributed to the growth / development of others and is an homage to St. Louise de Marillac for her tireless commitment to the service of others.


    Excellence in Public Service Award, DePaul University, Service, Community. (July 8, 2012).

    Gold Halo Award, Cause Marketing Forum, Service, Professional. (July 8, 2012).
    Received in honor of the “Sweet Seeds for Haiti” Campaign, Zynga.org.


    League of Extraordinary Women, Fast Company, Service, Professional. (July 8, 2012).

    Women of Spirit and Action Award, DePaul University, Service, University. (July 8, 2012).
    The WSA Award honors women ?colleagues who have contributed to the growth / development of others and is an homage to St. Louise de Marillac for her tireless commitment to the service of others.


    Excellence in Teaching Award, DePaul University, Teaching. (July 8, 2011).

    Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior, Trust Across America, Service, Professional. (July 8, 2011).

    Women of Spirit and Action Award, DePaul University, Service, University. (July 8, 2011).
    The WSA Award honors women ?colleagues who have contributed to the growth / development of others and is an homage to St. Louise de Marillac for her tireless commitment to the service of others.


    Spirit of DePaul Award, DePaul University, Service, University. (July 8, 2010).
    The Spirit of DePaul Award was instituted during DePaul's Centennial celebration to highlight institutional Vincentian Values and their relation to the achievement of DePaul's mission. The award also seeks to personally honor and recognize diverse members of the DePaul Community for their leadership and service in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul.


    Top 10 Minds in Small Business, Fortune Small Business, Service, Professional. (July 8, 2002).

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  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Director, Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy

    Chair, Board of Directors, School of Choice / l'Ecole de Choix (Haiti)