Dr. Guido Palazzo

Professor of Business Ethics, Director Executive Education HEC

University of Lausanne

Guido Palazzo is Professor of Business Ethics at HEC, University of Lausanne, Vice Dean for programs and student affairs and director of the executive education of HEC. He studied business administration and philosophy at the University of Bamberg (Germany) and wrote his PhD in political philosophy at the University of Marburg (Germany).


In is research he investigates the mechanisms of (un)ethical decision making in organizations, the fight against organized crime and the impact of storytelling on behavior. His articles have been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Business Ethics. Guido Palazzo has received the Max Weber Award for his research on multinational corporations by the German president in 2008. In the 2017 ranking of the most influential economists in Germany/Austria/Switzerland by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he was ranked in the top 30 in the category research. The Incites Ranking 2018 (measuring the impact of research) ranked him No 137 out of 130.000 management/finance/economics scholars in Europe.


He consults and teaches on business ethics and compliance at numerous multinational corporations such as Siemens,  Airbus, Volvo, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Stora Enso; Medtronic, Fresenius, Johnson & Johnson, and Audi. Over the last 6 years he has directed a training program on sustainable leadership for senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party on behalf of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency. His online course (MOOC) on “unethical decision making in organizations” at Coursera.org has so far been taken by more than 35.000 people. The Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2019 ranks HEC Lausanne No 3 worldwide for Corporate Social Responsibility – the class Guido is teaching in the program.

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