Instructor Bio

Marianne Jennings

Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies in business from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She was 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. She served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU from 1995-1999. From 2006-2007, she served as the faculty director for the MBA Executive Program. She continues to teach graduate courses in business ethics and ethical culture at ASU and other colleges around the country.

Professor Jennings has authored hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. She was given best article awards by the institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Government Accountants in 2001 and 2004. 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 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 served on the board of directors for Arizona Public Service (now Pinnacle West Capital Corporation), the owner of the Palo Verde Nuclear Station, from 1987 through 2000. She served on the boards of Zealous Capital Corporation from 1996-1998 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 1994-199. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004. From 2015-2019, she was an affiliated scholar with the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University.

Currently she has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, and the eleventh edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment were published in January 2017. Her first textbook, Real Estate Law, had its 11th edition published in January 2016. Her text, Anderson's Business and the Legal Environment had its 23rd edition 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 for 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, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used by auditors for advance detection of fraud and is a primer on corporate culture, including analysis of board efficacy. Her books have been translated into five languages.

She is a contributing editor for the Real Estate Law Journal and New Perspectives. She served on the Board of Editors for the Financial Analysts Journal from 2007-2012. She served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Studies Education during 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 then-Governor Jane Dee Hull to the Arizona Commission on Character.

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 the 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 appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News.

Professor Jennings earned her undergraduate degree in finance and her J. D. from Brigham Young University. She has done consulting work for law firms, government agencies, businesses and professional groups including AES, AICPA, Allstate, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bell Helicopter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Certified Financial Analysts Institute, CoBank, Coca-Cola, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Dial Corporation, DuPont, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Institute of Internal Auditors, Mattel, Motorola, Southern California Edison, Pfizer, Sutter Health, Raytheon, Tenet, Toyota, U.S. Navy, Veterans Administration, and VIAD.

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.

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