KBEI Staff

Director, Michael DeWilde

Photo of Michael DeWilde

Photo of KBEI Director, Professor Michael DeWilde, standing on stage with the GVSU logo in the background

Michael DeWilde is the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative Director and Professor of Management at the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University (Michigan). He teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, with a focus on courses in ethics and leadership.  He also taught in GVSU’s Philosophy department, offering courses on human nature, eastern philosophy, and service-learning.  His Community Working Classics seminar received a national award for "Excellence in Philosophy Programs" from the American Philosophical Association and was the recipient of a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation.  DeWilde was a winner of a Pew "Teaching Excellence" award, and has been a featured speaker at universities and businesses in North America, India, and France, giving talks on moral psychology, business ethics, and the pedagogy of teaching ethics. He has a chapter on the importance of introspection for developing leaders in the book Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good, published by Pelgrave Press.

He was, for one year, a Research Affiliate professor with the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France, and has for many years consulted with West Michigan businesses as an executive coach and "philosopher-in-residence." His work has been featured in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine, among other places, and his latest publications are a chapter in the book Philosophy Imprisoned from Lexington Press, two op-ed pieces, and an article titled "Social Capital, Economic Diversity, and Civic Well-Being" in the Seidman Business Review.  His essay on neuroscience and the teaching of business ethics was published in 2017 in BizEd magazine. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Grand Valley State University.

Photo of Michael DeWilde at a panel discussion

Photo of KBEI Director, Professor Michael DeWilde, on a discussion panel