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Matthias P. Hühn Ph.D.

Mary S. Carey Chair in Ethics and Catholic Social Thought

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About Matthias P. Hühn Ph.D.

Matthias P Hühn studied Business Economics at Hannover University, holds an MPhil (Management, Economics, Politics) and an MLitt (Literature and Society) from St Andrews University and a PhD from St. Gallen University. He worked in banking and for Accenture as a strategy consultant before becoming a professor at a German public university. He is a reservist in the German armed forces. Professor Hühn has held positions and taught at universities around the world, including the University of Navarra, China Europe International Business School, the University of Witten/Herdecke, the British University of Egypt, and ESCP Europe. His research is on the philosophical foundations, epistemic and ethical, of management and economics. A 2016 paper on management education in the Journal of Management Development won the Emerald Literati Award and a 2019 paper in the Journal of Business Ethics received the inaugural R. Edward Freeman Journal of Business Ethics Philosophy in Practice Best Paper Award. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Organizational Psychology and of Philosophy of Management, and serves as an Associate Editor for Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility.

Selected Publications

Hühn, M.P. (2021) Why Catholic Social Thought is not a Theory (and How that Has Preserved Scholarly Debate), Philosophy of Management, 21(3), 1-17

Hühn, M.P. & M. D. Meyer (2020), Virtuous Language in Leadership and Business, Management Research, The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management 18(3) 263-284 

Hühn, M.P., Habisch, A., Hartman, E.M. & A.J.G. Sison (2020), Practicing Management Wisely, Business Ethics: A European Review,  29(1) 1-5

Hühn, M.P. & C. Dierksmeier, S. Waddock, L. Wang, C. Gohl (2019) Leaving the Road to Abilene: Addressing the normative paradox of business education - An argument for a pragmatic approach to business theory, practice, and teaching, Journal of Business Ethics, 157(4), 913-932

Hühn, M.P. (2018), Corporate Social Responsibility: The Cuckoo's Egg in the Business Ethics Nest, Humanistic Management Journal, 3(2), 279-298

Hühn, M.P. (2018) Adam Smith's Philosophy of Science: Economics as Moral Imagination, Journal of Business Ethics, 155(1), 1-15.

Sison, A.J.G & M.P. Hühn (2017) Practical Wisdom (phronesis) in Corporate Governance and Leadership. In: Alejo José G. Sison, Ignacio Ferrero, Gregorio Guitián (Eds): Virtuous Business for the Common Good, Routledge

Hühn, M.P., Razelis, A. & M.D. Meyer (2017) Virtue Ethics and the Common Good in Corporate Governance and Leadership. In: Alejo José G. Sison, Ignacio Ferrero, Gregorio Guitián (Eds): Virtuous Business for the Common Good, Routledge

Hühn, M.P. (2017) Responsible Innovation: A Smithian Perspective, Philosophy of Management, 17(1), 41-57

Hühn, M.P. (2016) Ethics as a Catalyst for Change? Journal of Management Development, 35(2), 170-189,

Hühn, M.P. (2015) The Unreality Business - How Economics (and Management) became Anti-Philosophical, Philosophy of Management, 14 (1) 47-66

Hühn, M.P. & C. Dierksmeier (2015) Will the Real A. Smith Please Stand Up! Journal of Business Ethics, 136(1), 119–132

Hühn, M.P. (2014) You Reap What You Sow: How MBA Programs Undermine Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics: 121(4) 527-541

Hühn, M.P. (2012) Cybernetic Management Paradigms. In: Grösser, S. & Zeier, R. (Eds.), Systemic Management for Intelligent Organizations. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 3-19

Hühn, M.P. (2009) Management Paradigms. In: International Journal of Industrial Sciences and Systems Engineering and Management, III/2009, 10-27 

Hühn, M.P. (2008) Unenlightened Economism: The Antecedents of Bad Corporate Governance and Ethical Decline. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 81 (4), 823-835 (JCR Q1)

Hühn, M.P. (2007) The Ethical and Theoretical Context of Corporate Governance. In: Corporate Ownership and Control, 5 (1), 282-291

Hühn, M.P. (2005) What is Management? International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 1 (4), 290-313