Marvin  Brown

Marvin Brown

Part-Time Professor

Marvin T Brown PhD has been teaching and consulting in business and organizational ethics for over 30 years. His work first focused on the challenges that workers and managers face in dealing with differences and disagreement. As his work developed, he shifted to a civic perspective for analyzing organizational relationships. More recently, he applied a civic perspective to the economy, which offers an alternative to both capitalism and socialism by basing the economy not on property ownership or social classes, but on civic membership in a global civil society.

He continues to teach business ethics in the Philosophy Department at the University of San Francisco. He has previously taught organizational ethics at Saybrook University, Alliant International University and JFK University, all in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along side his teaching, Marvin has served as an ethics consultant for such companies as Levi Strauss and Company and Northern California Automobile Association. He has also given presentations at the Society of Business Ethics, the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics in the USA; at the ISSBE meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the European Business Ethics Network in Bonn, Germany and Dublin, Ireland, The Academy of Social Sciences in Warsaw, Poland; the International Center for Education and Development in Caracas, Venezuela; the University of Argentina, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in Shanghai, China.

Dr. Brown's academic degrees are from Nebraska Wesleyan University (BA), Union Theological Union (MD), and Graduate Theological Union (Ph.D.). He is the author of Working Ethics (1990), The Ethical Process (1993), Corporate Integrity (2005), a Choice selection for Outstanding Academic book in 2006, and Civilizing the Economy (2010), which was selected by the PtoP Foundation as 2010 Book of the Year. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Italian, Chinese and Korean. He has recently received a Faculty Service Award from the University of San Francisco, and an Alumni Achievement Award from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is now a regular blogger on the web site:

Courses Offered
  • Ethics: Business Issues