Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C.,
Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business


Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., is a member of the faculty of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and is the Director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business.

Williams is the editor or author of 20 books as well as numerous articles on business ethics in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, African Journal of Business Ethics, the Asian Journal of Business Ethics, and Theology Today. Recent books include Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Business in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development: The UN Millennium Development Goals, The UN Global Compact and The Common Good (Editor), both published in 2014.

He served as associate provost of the University of Notre Dame for seven years and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the four-person Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. The UN Global Compact is the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 10,000 businesses in 160 countries as members.

For the past 15 years, from May until July, Williams has served as a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. He has served as the Donald Gordon Visiting Fellow at the University of Cape Town and has been named as Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch. In the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as an International Scholar at the Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea and has taught there during the month of July year year since 2000. In 2019, he was honored with the Sumner Marcus Award from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management for "outstanding contributions of service and scholarship to the field." Williams is an ordained Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

In 2020 he was selected as a Pioneer in Business Ethics, and project designed to preserve the history of the academic discipline by interviewing a select number of major contributors and preserving the video record at the library of the University of Illinois.

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Fr. Oliver Williams, CSC
Phone: (574) 631-5761