Andrew Gustafson
Andrew Gustafson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Society
Department of Marketing & Management

Andy Gustafson grew up on a farm on the Platte River in central Nebraska. After going to school at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fordham University and Marquette University, he taught at Bethel University before being called to Creighton. Andy’s focus is on business ethics and society, especially how business can contribute to the common good. He also is very interested in the ways faith contributes to one’s understanding of work. Andy and his wife Celeste buy and manage real estate in Omaha, and enjoy gardening, reading, talking about ideas, and checking out new restaurants.

  • Ph.D. Philosophy (2001) Marquette University
  • M.A. Philosophy (1997) Fordham University
  • M.A. Christian Thought (1994) Trinity College
  • B.A. Philosophy/English (1992) University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Selected Publications

“John Stuart Mill On Utilitarianism” (3,500 words) for Gale “College Researcher Philosophy Project” (an online resource revising the Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Catholic Encyclopedia) (forthcoming 2017)

“J.S. Mill’s Defense of the Rights of Women” (2,500 words) for Gale College Researcher Philosophy Project (forthcoming 2017)

“John Stuart Mill on Religion” (3,000 words) for Gale College Researcher Philosophy Project (forthcoming 2017)

“Consequentialism and Non-Consequentialism” in the Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, ed. by Eugene Heath (8,000 words) (forthcoming 2017)

Review of: “The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common GoodInterdisciplinary Perspectives. (Edited by Kleio Akrivou, and Alejo José G. Sison) Forthcoming 2017

Review of: Challenging Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons For Public Relations From the Casino Industry (Jessalynn R. Strauss) (Routledge) in UNLV Gaming Research and Review Journal (forthcoming 2017) 

”The Current State of Catholic Social Teaching and Values Education in Catholic Business Schools and Departments” (an empirical survey/study of Catholic Business Schools) Journal of Business Ethics and Religion. (forthcoming 2016)

Review of:  Marketing and the Common Good: Essays from Notre Dame On Societal Impact  by Patrick Murphy and John Sherry, Jr. (Notre Dame, 2014)  Business Ethics Quarterly,  Volume 26, Issue 1

January 2016, pp. 146-149

Review of:  Marketing and the Common Good: Essays from Notre Dame On Societal Impact  by Patrick Murphy and John Sherry, Jr. (Notre Dame, 2014)  Business Ethics Quarterly, (forthcoming 2015)

“Consequentialism and Non-Consequentialism” in the Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, ed. by Eugene Heath (forthcoming 2015)

Review of:  Morality, Competition, and the Firm:  The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics, by Joseph Heath (2014, Oxford) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2015)

 Review of Chopsticks and Gambling by Desomond Lamb, UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal  Volume 19 Issue 1, 2015, p63-65  

“Jesuit Values and Higher Education in an Age of Liquid Modernity”,  Jesuit Higher Education Journal (2015) 

“Business in the Service of the Common Good” Journal of Religion and Society (10) (2014) 

“In Defense of a Utilitarian Business Ethic” (Sept 2013) Business and Society Review

“Christianity” (6 page article) in Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism ed by James Crimmins (May 2013)

“Global Pharmaceutical Marketing Incentives – Misplaced Marketing or the Common Good?” Journal of International Business co-authored with Trent Wachner (Spring, 2010)

“Rorty, Caputo and Business Ethics Without Metaphysics: Ethical Theories as Normative Narratives” Business Ethics: A European Review (Spring, 2010)

“J.S. Mill’s Communal Utilitarian Self: A Critique of Gray, Anschutz, and Woolf’s Radically Individual Interpretations” in International Philosophical Quarterly (49.2, June 2009)

“Mill’s Poet-Philosopher,and the Instrumental-Social Importance of Poetry for Moral Sentiments” in British Journal for the History of Philosophy (17.4, September 2009, p821-47)

“Mill’s View of Art and Poetry as the Basis of Moral Education” article in Teaching Ethics (Summer 2006)

“Murtahda Mutahhari and John Stuart Mill’s Critique of the Consumeristic Commodification of Culture” in Hekmat va Falsafeh (Wisdom and Philosophy) [philosophy journal from Allameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran, Iran] Vol 2 No.1 (Summer 2006)

“Utilitarianism and Business Ethics” article in (textbook) Ethical Issues in Business: A Philosophical Approach (8th Ed.) Ed. by Patricia Werhane and Tom Donaldson (2006)

“Kant: Friend or Foe of the Believer?: Plantinga and Other American Christian Responses to Kant’s Epistemology” in Hekmat va Falsafeh (Wisdom and Philosophy) [philosophy journal from Allameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran, Iran] (August 2005)

“Advertising’s Impact On Morality in Society” in Business and Society Review, (Sum/01)

“Making Sense of Postmodern Business Ethics” in Business Ethics Quarterly (July 2000)

“In Defense of Ethical Holism” Business Ethics Quarterly (April 2000)

“Apologetically Listening to Derrida” in Philosophia Christi (Winter 1997).

Selected Presentations

Annual LaCroix Philosophy Lecture at Rockhurst University “In Praise of Eccentricity: Why Liberty is Important for Everyone’s Benefit” Kansas City, September, 2016.

“Playing the Fiddle While Rome Is Burning: What is it that we do, again? (Christian Philosophy and Public Engagement)”  at the Society of Christian Philosophers conference (midwest), Evangel University, Springfield, MO. Sept 2016.

”How Catholic Are Catholic Business Schools?: A Study” at International Association of Jesuit Business Schools Annual Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.  July 2016

”Merry-Go-Round and Other Innovative African Economic Ideas for Economy of Communion” at International Association of Jesuit Business Schools Annual Conference, Nairobi, Kenya July 2016

 “How Catholic Are Catholic Business Schools?: A Study”at 19th Annual Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Conference, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY July, 2016

”Business Transforming Culture and Society for the Greater Good: Teaching Resources and Ideas from the ‘Economy of Communion’ and Other Examples” Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY July, 2016

”Maximizing Utility In Business: How Ethical Utility Differs from Economic Utility (The Limits of Joseph Heath’s ‘Market Failures’ Approach)” at the 2016 International Society of Utilitarian Studies annual conference at Catholic University in Lille, France (July 2016)

 “The Societal Value of Casinos: A Utilitarian Analysis” 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking (UNLV International Gaming Institute) June 7, 2016

 “The History of Gambling in Omaha: From the Stockyards to Carter Lake” (co-presenter with Seth Goodwin)  16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking (UNLV International Gaming Institute) June 7, 2016

“The State of CST on Poverty and Prosperity in Catholic Business Schools in the U.S.” at Prosperity, Poverty, and the Purpose of Business Conference Manila, Philippines (February 2015)

“Business for the Common Good: Beyond Profit Maximization” at World Business Ethics Forum, University of Macau, Macau (December 2014)

“Business Ethics and the Common Good” Society of Business Ethics Annual Conference, Philadelphia (August, 2014)

“Business and the Common Good: Philanthropy and Positive Unintended and Intended Externalities.” Twentieth Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Chicago (10/13).

“The Commonplace Pedestrian Paths to Unethical Business Behavior” 20th annual Conference on International Business and Contemporary Issues in Business, Rapid City, SD (9/13)

“Christian Living in a Liquid Modernity: Faith Affections and Habits in the Face of Uncertainty” Philosophy Conference, California Baptist University 4/13

“Business and the Common Good: A Christian Perspective” Invited Paper at Kripke Symposium, Creighton University, 2/14-15/2013

“Utilitarianism” Invited Presentation for Dept. of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, CHINA 11/1/10

“Do Casinos Contribute to the Greater Good?: A Utilitarian Ethical Analysis of Casinos” World Business Ethics Forum, University of Macau, Macau 10/2010

“Some Utilitarian Considerations Regarding Discouraging Pharmaceutical Incentivizing in Emerging Markets: A Look at Pakistan, India and Others” International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, Chicago, October 2010

“A Utilitarian Argument in Favor of Pharmaceutical Companies Incentivizing Doctors in Developing Countries” Society of Business Ethics Conference, Toronto, August 2010.

“Jesuit Education in Vegas: CaSINos and Other Educational Opportunities” 13th Annual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, July 2010

“Global Pharmaceutical Marketing Incentives – Misplaced Marketing or the Common Good?” Journal of International Business co-authored with Trent Wachner, Spring, 2010

Business, Media, and the Consequences of the Radical Shifts Towards Virtual Media and Commercialization of “knowledge”, Conference On Media (Invited Keynote Speaker), Tehran, Iran, May 12, 2010

“Christian Philosophers As Public Intellectuals” Society of Christian Philosophers Conference (Midwest), Calvin College 4/31, 2010

“Zygmunt Bauman on the Art of Life in Liquid Modernity: A Critique of Consumer Society Values as they Permeate our Lives” Conference On Value Inquiry, Carbondale, IL 4/16/10

A Response to Marvin Brown’s Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision, Pacific APA Meeting, Society of Business Ethics Session, San Francisco, CA, March 31, 2010

Have Served as Reviewer for:

Business Ethics Quarterly
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Business Ethics Education
Business and Professional Ethics Journal
Society of Business Ethics Annual Meeting
Society for Christian Philosophy
Value Inquiry Conference
Pearson
Cengage
International Association of Business and Society

  • 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Honorary Inductee (Jesuit Honor Society), 2/2010
  • 2009 Outstanding Graduate Business Faculty, Creighton University College of Business

Andy has given professional talks to the following companies and groups:

  • Kiewit
  • Smith Hayes Financial
  • Harry A. Koch Insurance Co.
  • Project Management Institute (local chapter)
  • CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) local and national meetings
  • AICP (Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals) local
  • ISACA, (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) 
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary Club
  • Business Ethics Alliance
  • CPCU, AICP, ISACA, Kiewit, Smith Hayes Financial (Email Andy if you want him to talk to your group)