About Marianne


Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She served as director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999.

Professor Jennings has hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. In 2006, Emerald Management Review named her article, “Ethics and Investment Management,” one of the top 50 articles in 2005. She was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

She has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her Business Ethics was published in 2017. Her Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used as an audit tool and a primer on corporate culture.
Her columns have been syndicated, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Washington Post.


Professor Marianne Jennings became an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies in business from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2011, but returned to teaching in 2013. She continues to teach graduate courses in business ethics at colleges around the country.

During her tenure at ASU, she served in many different capacities: director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (1995-1999); faculty director for the MBA Executive Program (2006-2007); associate dean (1986-1987); chair of the University Hearing Board (1995-2011); and faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and PAC-10 (1986-1987).

Professor Jennings earned her undergraduate degree in finance and her J. D. from Brigham Young University. Her internships were with the Federal Public Defender and U.S. Attorney in Nevada, and she has done consulting work for law firms, businesses and professional groups including AES, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Arizona Auditor General, the Cities of Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Mattel, Pepsi, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD.

Professor Jennings has authored hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. Currently she has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business EthicsBusiness: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2018. Her first textbook, Real Estate Law, was published in 1983 and its 11th edition was published in 2015. She was added as a co-author to Anderson’s Business and the Legal Environment in 1997, a text whose 23rd edition was published in January 2016. Her book, Business Strategy for the Political Arena, was selected in 1985 by Library Journal as one of its recommended books in business/government relations. A Business Tale:  A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards in 2004.  In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Professor Jennings’ book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity.  Her book on organizational ethical culture, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press and continues to be used by many organizations as a framework for assessing culture. Her books have been translated into five languages. Her latest book, Somewhere Between Ezekiel and Miss Havisham, a book of essays on grief, was published in 2012. She is currently at work on a new book, How Management Theories and Fads Kill Ethical Culture.

Her columns have been syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Reader’s Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She was given an Arizona Press Club award in 1994 for her work as a feature columnist. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio.

She has conducted more than 500 workshops and seminars in the areas of business, personal, government, legal, academic and professional ethics. She has been named professor of the year in the College of Business in 1981, 1987, 2000, and 2010 and was the recipient of a Burlington Northern teaching excellence award in 1985. In 1999 and 2012, she was given best article awards by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 1999 and 2014, the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Association for Government Accountants, respectively, gave her best article awards for their journals. She was given best article awards by the institute of Internal Auditors and Association of Government Accountants in 2001 and 2004. She was been a Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar from 1995-2011. In 2000, the Association of Government Accountants inducted her into its Speakers Hall of Fame.  In 2005, she was named an All-Star Speaker by the Institute of Internal Auditors.  In 2006, her article, “Ethics and Investment Management:  True Reform,” was selected by the United Kingdom’s Emerald Management Review from 15,000 articles in 400 journals as one of the top 50 articles in business in 2005.  She was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Trust Across America in 2010. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere magazine.

She is a contributing editor for the Real Estate Law Journal, New Perspectives, The Smart Manager, and served as a contributing editor for Corporate Finance Review from 1996 through 2016 and for Accounting and Compliance Alet from 2017-2018. She served on the Board of Editors for the Financial Analysts Journal from 2007-2012 and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Studies Education for 2003-2004. During 1984-85, she served as then-Governor Bruce Babbitt’s appointee to the Arizona Corporation Commission. In 1999 she was appointed by Governor Jane Dee Hull to the Arizona Commission on Character. From 1999-2009 she served as president of the Arizona Association of Scholars.

She is a member of twelve professional organizations, including the State Bar of Arizona, and has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (now Pinnacle West Capital) (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She served as chair of the Bonneville International Advisory Board for KHTC/KIDR from 1994-1997 and was a weekly commentator on KGLE during 1998. She was appointed to the board of advisers for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News.

Personal:  Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.


12 Responses to About Marianne

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  2. Jessa Turner says:

    Would you be interested in speaking at a monthly luncheon for the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The PRSA’s Southern Arizona Chapter is a group of business professionals dedicated to the strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.

    Our luncheon is on September 26. The month of September is ethics month and we would like to develop a program that reinforces the importance of this theme. As you might guess, we value your ethics commitment.

    Would you have a presentation that is geared toward communication ethics. Possible topics could include the growing problem of fake news, the price for truth in journalism, political correctness in audience targeting, mass media in a segmented audience world, what is fair news coverage, etc.

    Please contact me directly with any questions. You can reach me at (520) 382-2485.

  3. mmjdiary says:

    I think my assistant has contacted you. Thank you for the invitation.

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  5. james McAleer says:

    Marianne , thank you for listening. I am a 37 year employee ( RN) who was told in a meeting by our CNO before our move to a new hospital that this would be an ideal opportunity to change departments. I put in 135 job applications to various departments at this hospital and got zero responses. I went to that CNO and asked her if this was a age, gender or personal issue and I was assured it wasn’t but was still turned down by 4 different managers. Since I have such a long and ecemplary record here I can only assume this must be a Sutter directive. Please comment. Again thank you for your valuable time. Jim McAleer SN III

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  7. Dear Professor Jennings,

    I am instructing a class on ENM602 Management of Risk, Contracts and Legal Issues in National University (https://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEngineeringAndTechnology/AppliedEngineering/Programs/720-810.html). I am using your text book Anderson’s Business Law and the Legal Environment by Twomey & Jennings. I am looking for case studies in this book (a case that illustrates many perspectives). I dont see one. Perhaps, you may have one or two. If so, May I borrow such a case study for teaching purposes. The students are engineering students who do not have any legal background and hence teaching with a couple of case studies would help. I can be reached at (858-309-3416 or 858-442-1586). Thank you
    Shekar Viswanathan, PhD.,M.B.A. P.E.
    Professor, Department of Applied Engineering
    National University
    3678 Aero Court,
    San Diego, CA 92123-1788.
    Tel: 858-309-3416
    Fax: 858-309-3420

  8. mmjdiary says:

    Sent you an e-mail with information on my cases from another book that I think you can use for your purposes.

  9. john says:

    I took a Business Law class at asu in about 1980. You were fabulous. I loved coming to your class and you were terrific. To this day one of the most impressive and admirable people I’ve come across. Peace

  10. mmjdiary says:

    Now there is a comment that makes a day, week, month, and possibly year. Thank you – I have had the privilege of being a teacher for 41 years. No better job in the world. You are kind to post to my blog. Marianne

  11. John Bunch says:

    I literally left a few hours ago from the ACFE fraud conference in Indiana you just presented all day and I have to say, you were fabulous! Your passion and mastery of business, ethics, and fraud is amazing; and, although you squeezed in every second of your time, I am certain you could have continued on all night – and I would still be sitting there enthralled! You may have been there quite a while anyway with the line that stayed to talk to you after. I have been to multiple fraud classes and fraud conferences every year for the past 5 years and you by far have been the most fascinating and most memorable! Thank you!

  12. mmjdiary says:

    Mark Twain said that a nice compliment can get us through a month. Your kind words might get me through the next year. Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely note.

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