Economics, Law, and International Business — MBA
Karl  Boedecker

Karl Boedecker


"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.


Ph.D., Business Administration, Michigan State University
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
M.A., Economics, Michigan State University
B.A. Michigan State University

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.