About Dr. Gustafson

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Office: Harper Center 4037
Office Phone: 402-280-3172
Email: andrewgustafson@creighton.edu

Biography

My name is Andy Gustafson.  I grew up on a farm in Nebraska by the Platte River, and likely shoveled more hog manure than all of you combined before I was 12 on our farm.  I went to school in Canada, Israel, Nebraska, Chicago, New York and Milwaukee before finally getting a job in Minneapolis at Bethel College/University 2001-2005.  In 2005, I moved to Omaha to join the College of Business faculty at Creighton University, a Jesuit school like my alma-matters Fordham (Bronx, NY) and Marquette (Milwaukee).  So far I have spent 18 years at Jesuit schools, and that has led me to very much appreciate the Jesuit form of education.

I live with my wife Celeste in midtown Omaha, where we have a large garden, and lots of good friends and even relatives nearby.  Over time we have acquired more than 25 houses and buildings mostly in the Gifford Park neighborhood,  a racially and economically diverse neighborhood just west of and adjacent to Creighton University where we live.  I regularly have local semi-homeless and immigrant neighbors do work for me, and we consider the whole enterprise as much a social project as a business.  But it allows me to have a lot of business experience, while also trying to make a positive difference in my neighborhood.  More on that look here. or here.

At the Heider College of Business at Creighton University I focus on business ethics, business and its societal effects, corporate social responsibility, ethical issues in marketing and public policy, as well as unintended (good and bad) externalities of business, and I am especially interested in how business can contribute to the common good.  I have has also taught a travel course to Las Vegas since 2005 and has recently created an international travel course to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Macau, and I teach the Doctoral level Jesuit DBA courses on business ethics and faith and business, as well as an MBA/BA course on “Business, Faith, and the Common Good”

In terms of research, I’ve presented papers and research at over 80 conferences and other events, nationwide, and abroad.   I have published articles in Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Society Review, Business Ethics: A European Review,  Teaching Ethics Journal, International Philosophical Quarterly, The British Journal for the History of PhilosophyJournal of Religion and Business Ethics, Journal o fReligion and Society,Notre Dame Philosophical Review, UNLV Gaming Review, Journal of International Business, Hekmat va Falsafeh (wisdom in philosophy [Iranian]), Journal of Jesuit Higher Education and Philosophia Christi.

I’ve been invited to give lectures at The Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), University of Texas- San Antonio, Rockhurst University, WestChester University, Cairns University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Madares University (Tehran), Beheshti University (Tehran), The Iranian Institute of Philosophy, The Institute for Social and Cultural Studies in Iran,  the 2nd Congress of Medical Ethics in Iran, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

I have also given numerous professional talks for groups including Kiewitt Corporation, Smith Hayes Financial, ISACA (Information Systems Audit & Control Association), CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters), Optimist Club, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics, among others.

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