Richard E. Wokutch

R. B. Pamplin Professor

Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Wokutch teaches and does research in the social issues in management and business ethics areas. He has a particular interest in management and regulation of corporate social performance in an international business setting, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate social performance, international business ethics, and international business.

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 PM or by appointment


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1977
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1972

Selected Publications:

Hartman, Laura, Denis G. Arnold, and Richard E. Wokutch (Eds.). Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Management Approaches to Global Labor Challenges. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers, 2003.

Wokutch, Richard E. Worker Protection, Japanese Style: Occupational Safety and Health in the Auto Industry. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, Cornell University, 1992.

Wokutch, Richard E. Cooperation and Conflict in Occupational Safety and Health: A Multination Study in the Automotive Industry. New York: Praeger, 1990.

Thomas Carson, Mary Ellen Verdu and Richard E. Wokutch, Whistle-Blowing for Profit: An ethical analysis of the Federal False Claims Act. Journal of Business Ethics (2008), 77:361-376.

French, J. Lawrence and Richard E. Wokutch, Child Workers, Globalization and International Business Ethics: A case study in Brazil’s export-oriented shoe industry. Business Ethics Quarterly Vol. 15, No. 4, 2005, pp. 615-640.

Smith, Wanda J., Richard E. Wokutch, K. Vernard Harrington, and Bryan S. Dennis.Organizational Attractiveness and Corporate Social Orientation: Do our values influence our preference for affirmative action and managing diversity? Business and Society 43: 2004, 69-96.

Kumar, Raman, William B. Lamb, Richard E. Wokutch. The End of South African Sanctions, Institutional Ownership, and the Stock Price Performance of Boycotted Firms: Evidence of the Impact of social/ethical investing. Business and Society, Vol. 41, No. 2, June 2002, pp. 133-165.

Wokutch, Richard E. and Jon Shepard. The Maturing of the Japanese Economy: Corporate Social Responsibility Implications. Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1999, pp. 527-540.

Wokutch, Richard E. and Josetta S. McLaughlin. The U.S. and Japanese Work Injury and Illness Experience. Monthly Labor Review, Vol. 115, April 1992, pp. 3-11.

Wokutch, Richard E. Corporate Social Responsibility Japanese Style. Academy of Management Executive, Vol. 4, May 1990, pp. 56-74.

Positions Held:

1995 - Present: Pamplin Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

2008 - 2011: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Management, Virginia Tech

Fall 2011: Visiting Professor of Management, Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), Korea University Business School (Seoul, South Korea), Shanghai Finance University (Shanghai, China)

2003 - 2008: Department of Management Head, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

1990 - 1995: Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

1982 - 1990: Associate Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

Fall 1986: Visiting Fulbright/Mazda Research Professor, Hiroshima Institute of Technology (Japan)

Spring/Summer 1983: Visiting Fulbright Research Professor, Science Center Berlin (West Germany)

1977 - 1982: Assistant Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

Fall 1981: Visiting Assistant Research Professor, University of Delaware, Center for the Study of Values (in Philosophy Department)

External Professional Service (Editorships):

Wokutch, Richard E. and Mary Mallott (Guest Editors). Forthcoming special issue ofBusiness & Society marking 50th anniversary of the journal. Issue will contain transcripts of interviews with founders of the SIM field and will appear in 2012.

Wokutch, Richard E. (Ed.), Developing Linkages for Small Business Professionals. Proceedings of the 29th Annual World Conference of the International Council for Small Business. Chicago, IL, June 1984, 174 pp.

Wokutch, Richard E. (Ed.), Energizing Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Development. Proceedings of the 27th Annual World Congress on Small Business. Knoxville, TN, June 1982. 141 pp.

Wokutch, Richard E. (Ed.), Small Business Management: The Next 25 Years. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the International Council for Small Business. Waco, TX, June 1981. 88 pp.

Super reviewer/associate editor for SIM Division for the 2011Academy of Management meetings.

Member, Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society Robert W. Kolb, general editor. Published by Sage in 2007.

Advisory Board, Safety and Health, 1996-2000.

Editorial-Advisory Board, Safety and Health International, 1993-1996.

Editorial Review Board, The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 1992-1995.

Editorial Review Board, Business Forum, 1990-1996.

Reviewer for special issue of Research on Corporate Social Performance and Policy, “Innovation, Reflection, and Active Learning Strategies for Social Issues in Management,” JAI Press, 1997.

Occasional reviewer for Academy of Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, California Management Review, Business and Society, Journal of Management Studies,Advances in International Comparative Management, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Organization Science.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient of Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research (2011)
  • Recipient of first annual Pamplin College of Business International Research Award (2009)
  • Recipient of Sumner Marcus Award for career service and scholarship from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management (2006)
  • Co-author (with Larry French) of paper named finalist for the Academy of Management’s Carolyn Dexter Award for best international paper (2002)
  • Pamplin College of Business Doctoral Student Teaching Award (1998)


Richard E. Wokutch (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is a Pamplin Professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Tech. He has held positions as Visiting Assistant Research Professor at the Center for the Study of Values, University of Delaware, Visiting Fulbright Research Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Germany, and Visiting Fulbright/Mazda Research Professor at Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Hiroshima, Japan. Dr. Wokutch teaches in the social issues in management and business ethics areas and he has led study abroad programs to Asia and Europe for over ten years focusing on international management. His current research interests focus on international business ethics and the global management of corporate social performance. He has written or edited several books on these topics including, Worker Protection, Japanese Style: Occupational Safety and Health in the Auto Industry, published by Cornell University’s ILR Press in 1992 and Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Approaches to Global Labor Challenges, co-edited with Laura Hartman and Denis Arnold and published by Greenwood in 2003. He has also published articles in outlets such as The California Management Review, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the Monthly Labor Review, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Academy of Management Executive, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy. Professor Wokutch has served as Program Chair and Division Chair of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management and he was the 2006 recipient of the Social Issues in Management Division’s Sumner Marcus Award for Outstanding Service. Dr. Wokutch was the first recipient of the Pamplin College of Business Award for Outstanding International Research in 2010 and in 2011 he received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research. Dr. Wokutch served as Head of the Department of Management from 2003-2008.