Sandy Reiter Associate Professor of Business Administration

Sandy Reiter

Holekamp 306
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Reiter joined the Department of Business Administration in 2006.  Prior to receiving her Ph.D., she had an extensive career in the aerospace industry working for a corporation that changed names several times due to buy-outs and mergers: Bendix, AlliedSignal, and Honeywell.  She is affiliated with the Philosophy Department, Environmental Studies, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and the Shepherd Poverty Program.  She teaches courses in the area of business ethics and economic justice, with a strong focus on the international and global environment.

Professor Reiter’s current research interests concern the interface between business actors and the economic institutional structure.  If one assumes that the goal of the economic system is ultimately to increase social well being by way of human development, two important questions are raised: first, how should the system be structured such that the actions of the business agents contribute to human development or, at the very minimum, are not detrimental to such development, and, second, is the economic order fair to the agents that operate within the system or to those who are affected by economic activity?  Her research focuses on these questions from an international perspective and primarily on the actions of corporate agents from developed countries operating in developing countries.  Her work has been published in several journals, including World Development and Ethics and Economics.


University of Washington, Ph.D. 
Northwestern University, Masters of Management
University of Notre Dame, M.S.
University of Notre Dame, B.S.


Business ethics 
Economic justice 
Economic globalization 
Foreign investment in the developing world


Bus 304: Business, Government and Society
Bus 305: International Business
Bus 335: Ethics of Globalization
Bus 337: Economic Globalization and the Multinational Corporation
Bus 343: Markets and Morals
Bus 345: Business Ethics
Bus 375: Strategic Management
Bus 390B: Study Abroad in Nicaragua: Business in a Developing Economy

Selected Publications

"Corporate Profit, Social Welfare, and the Logic of Capitalism," Business and Society Review (forthcoming)

"Moral Loopholes in the Global Economic Environment: Why Well-intentioned Organizations Act in Harmful Ways," Ethique et Economique 8:1 (2011), pp. 154-167

With Steensma, H. Kevin. "Human Development and Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries: The Influence of FDI Policy and Corruption," World Development 38:12 (2010), pp. 1678-1691

"Institutional Restructuring versus Corporate Social Responsibility," Journal of Business, Society and Government 2:1 (2010), pp. 29-52

 "The Ethics of Cerrejón and the Multinationals" in The People behind the Coal, eds. Avi Chomsky, Garry Leech and Steve Striffler, Casa Editorial Pisando Callos, (2007), pp.29-36