De Colle

De Colle
Full Professor of Business & Strategy at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris. VISITING PROFESSOR
Simone de Colle is Full Professor of Business Ethics & Strategy at IÉSEG School of Management, Paris. He has over twenty-five years of experience in research, teaching and consultancy on business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability management and reporting and stakeholder theory.
He has taught courses in these fields to corporate executives and MBA students in Italy, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Vietnam and in the United States.
His research interests include Business Ethics, Stakeholder theory and entrepreneurship, focusing on value creation and ethical decision making in organizational contexts.
In 1999 Simone de Colle together with Lorenzo Sacconi founded the “Q-RES Project” at the LIUC University of Castellanza, a multi-stakeholder research program promoting a management standard to improve the social and ethical responsibility of organisations. He worked as Manager, Business Ethics & Integrity at KPMG Sustainability Advisory Services in London, and as free-lance business ethics consultant in Italy. His clients include Mercer, British Airways, Diageo, Pfizer, GSK, Rio Tinto, CartaSì, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, and the Italian banking association (ABI).
Simone is a co-author of Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art with R. Edward Freeman et al. (2010, Cambridge University Press), author of several publications in business ethics and management journals, including the Academy of Management Annals, Business Ethics: A European Review and the Journal of Business Ethics. He has presented his research at more than fifty international events, such as the EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and the SBE (Society for Business Ethics) annual conferences. He served as Council Member of the Institute of Social and Ethical AccountAbility, London, and as expert member of the ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility, contributing to the drafting of ISO 26000. He currently lives between Paris and Verona.


The course aims to introduce the fundamental concepts and research methodologies of business ethics and discuss their practical application by decision-makers within organisations (managers, entrepreneurs, public officials). The main normative ethical theories (deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics) will be discussed during the course, exploring their usefulness for analysing decision-making processes within organisations and their relevance for corporate responsibility towards all organisational stakeholders. After discussing the primary theoretical references of normative ethics and the empirical findings of descriptive ethics, participants will explore their practical relevance for successfully building and managing an ethical and sustainable enterprise in a globalised world.


Sustainability and Business Innovation