Mollie Painter Morland

Mollie Painter Morland


Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Professor Painter-Morland joined NTU to stimulate and contribute to the Business School's research on responsible and sustainable business practice. She teachers responsible leadership, ethics and accountability in its core postgraduate programmes and contributes to the integration of ethics across the undergraduate curriculum. She facilitates the School's relationships with external networks in sustainability and ethics, and participates in executive development programmes and consultancy activities in this area.

Career overview

Professor Painter-Morland was previously a tenured Associate Professor in Business Ethics at DePaul University in Chicago and Associate Director of DePaul's Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. Prior to joining DePaul in 2004, she was Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Ethics at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and Associate Professor in its Department of Philosophy. She maintained a part-time position at the University of Pretoria between 2005-2011, and remains active in consultancy services globally. Professor Painter-Morland has been a visiting professor at ESCP Europe (Paris); EDHEC, Lille; IAE, Aix-en-Provence.

Research areas

Professor Painter-Morland's research focuses on organisational culture, leadership, and ethics within complex organisational environments. In dealing with these topics, she draws on the conversation between European philosophy and organisational studies. Her current research deals with organisational habituation, leadership and gender, embodiment, and relational accountability. She has published peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals, such as Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Ethics Quarterly. She is also the author of a number of books, most recently, Business Ethics and Continental Philosophy, co-edited with René ten Bos (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was also translated into Dutch as "Bedrijfsethiek. Filosofische perspectieven" (Boom, 2013).

Professor Painter-Morland has often been part of teams of researchers delivering corporate and government commissioned research reports on corruption prevention and organisational culture. She has been active as a consultant in the areas of business ethics and sustainable business.

Please visit the NTU Doctoral School website for information on doctoral research opportunities at NBS.

External activity

Professor Painter-Morland is Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Professional Ethics Journal, and co-editor of Springer's Issues in Business Ethics Series. She also serves on the Ethics Oversight Board of PwC South Africa and is actively involved in the European Ethics' UK chapter.

Professor Painter-Morland served as Academic Director of ABIS (The Academy of Business in Society) from March 2012 - March 2014.


(2013) The Relationship Between Identity Crises and Crises of Control, Journal of Business Ethics, 114:1, 1-14.

(2011) Rethinking Responsible Agency in Corporations: Perspectives from Deleuze and Guattari, Journal of Business Ethics, 101:1, 83-95.

(2010) Questioning Corporate Codes of Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review, 19:3.

(2008) Systemic Leadership and the Emergence of Ethical Responsiveness, Journal of Business Ethics, 82:2, 509-524.

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