David Hess

Associate Professor of Business Law & Business Ethics

PhD The Wharton School, University Of Pennsylvania
MA  The Wharton School, University Of Pennsylvania
JD   University Of Iowa College of Law
BA   Grinnell College


David Hess an Associate Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Professor Hess’s research focuses primarily on the role of the law in ensuring corporate accountability. His publications in this area have analyzed the use of sustainability reports by corporations, efforts to combat corruption in international business, and how the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and deferred prosecution agreements can be implemented in a way that best assists corporations in developing more ethical corporate cultures.  In addition, he has conducted empirical work on the governance of public pension funds and their use of sustainable investment strategies. This research has been published in leading law, ethics, and management journals, and has been recognized with national awards. In 2008, Professor Hess won a Faculty Pioneer Award from The Aspen Institute and the Faculty Award of Excellence for Early Career Achievement from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Professor Hess is the Business Law Section Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of Business Ethics Quarterly and the American Business Law Journal.

Publications (by topic)

Social Reporting:

Public Pension Funds:

Corporate Accountability & the Law  (special emphasis on bribery):

   Corporate Social Initiatives: