"Some of the questions I endeavor to answer along with my
students are: Just 'who' is the corporation? What
interests does it serve? What interests should it serve? What does
it all mean for corporate governance?" - Karl Boedecker
Karl Boedecker, Chair of the Economics, Law and International Business Department, is a noted Economics, Law and Business scholar who has been a member of the USF faculty since 1976. Dr. Boedecker has also practiced law in San Francisco with the firm of Case, Ford, Atkinson and Burland, where he specialized in civil litigation. In addition to teaching at USF, he has taught at the University of Maine at Orono, Wayne State University in Michigan, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Boedecker teaches classes in Business Law and Social, Legal & Ethical issues. His courses focus on the challenges posed to managers by various social and legal constraints, as well as the related public policy issues. Some examples of these challenges include employment discrimination, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corporate governance, the nature and purpose of work, and the development of the modern American corporation.
Dr. Boedecker’s current research involves the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, employment law, product safety, unfair competition, and corporate governance. He has been published in many academic journals, including the American Business Law Journal, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues.