James O' Toole

Title/Position: 
Professor & Director Emeritus of Neely Center for Ethical Leadership

Professor James O’Toole began his academic career at the USC business school in 1973 where he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine.

O'Toole's research and writings have been in the areas of leadership, ethics, and corporate culture.  He has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional groups, and has over one hundred published articles. Among his seventeen books, Vanguard Management was named "One of the best business and economics books of 1985" by the editors of Business Week.  His latest books are Creating the Good Life (2005), The New American Workplace (with Edward Lawler, 2006), Transparency (with Warren Bennis and Daniel Goleman, 2008), Good Business (editor, with Don Mayer, 2010), and Corporate Stewardship (with Susan Mohrman and Edward Lawler, 2015).

O'Toole received his Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Elliot Richardson, as Chairman of the Secretary’s Task Force on Work in America, and as Director of Field Investigations for President Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest. He has served on the Board of Editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, editor of The American Oxonian, and, currently as contributing editor to Strategy+ magazine.  From 1994-97 O'Toole was Executive Vice President, and later, Mortimer J. Adler Senior Fellow, at the Aspen Institute, and is currently Senior Fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Recently, he was named one of the “100 most influential people in business ethics” by the editors of Ethisphere, one of “the top 100 thought leaders on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine.

Center Faculty:

David Newman is Program Advisor to the Center. A doctoral candidate in the Marshall School of Business, his primary academic focus is on ethical behavior. He is a recent graduate of the Harvard Law School.

Affiliated Faculty:

Morgan McCall, USC Professor Emeritus, has a distinguished career as a pioneer in the field of executive leadership development and an award-winning teacher. He is author of numerous, influential books and articles on leadership.

Scott Wiltermuth, Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Psychology, has a research focus on how socio-environmental factors affect ethical behavior, and how those factors affect how severely individuals judge the ethical failures of others.