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Ed is the faculty director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, as well as Edward Frederick Sorin Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has held positions on the faculties of Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Iowa, and as a visitor at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Ed has published a number of research studies and book chapters on topics in organizational change, managerial decision making, and principal-agent relationships. He has also co-authored the trade book, Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Judgment and Leadership in Business. He has served on a number of editorial boards and as the editor of Academy of Management Review. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ed teaches courses in Consulting and in Leading Change and Innovation in the MBA and EMBA programs at Notre Dame. He is a proud father, husband, and grandfather, and enjoys sketching in graphite and painting with pastels.
Associate Teaching Professor
Christopher Adkins is Associate Teaching Professor in the Management Department and the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center of Ethical Leadership. His research and teaching explore how the fields of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and behavioral economics provide new insights and best practices for values-based leadership. Empathy is the core theme of his work, offering a foundational and teachable skill to enhance innovation, communication, diversity and inclusion, ethical decision making, and change leadership. In June 2015, he was awarded “Master Teacher of Business Ethics” by the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University.
In addition to his teaching and research, Chris designs engaging leadership programs based on the neuroscience of individual and organizational flourishing. Partners and clients have included: World Bank, Saatchi & Saatchi, Deloitte, Aspen Institute, IBM, Conference Board, Navigant Consulting, Education First, Giving Voice to Values, Corporate Eco Forum, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Agilent Technology, Novelis.
Program Manager, Strategic Communication and Research
Brett Beasley is the Program Manager for Strategic Communication and Research at the NDDCEL. He works to advance the Center’s mission by identifying and communicating insights from the best new research on ethical leadership. He also plans and oversees events designed to connect academics with business leaders.
A graduate of Calvin College (B.A.) and Loyola University Chicago (M.A., Ph.D. Cand.), Brett previously worked at the American Library Association in Chicago. He spends his free time cooking with his wife, Anne, and trying to keep up with their rescue dog, Bea.