Faculty - Fall Semester 2013
Dr. Christopher Michaelson, Business Ethics
After earning a Ph.D. in philosophical aesthetics and ethics, Christopher Michaelson defied philosophical and practical logic to launch a business advisory career in strategy and risk in New York with PwC. A few years later, he began his academic career while leaving a foot in practice. For most of the past 10 years, he has combined academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and the University of St. Thomas with part-time business practice and community service. His business clients have included major multinational corporations, along with government and non-governmental organizations and multilateral financial institutions. He has addressed business and academic audiences from Dalian, China to Davos, Switzerland and serves as the Secretary General for the International Society for Business Ethics and Economics. In London, he will teach Business Ethics, examining global issues and tensions, cultural perspectives on corporate responsibility, and the influence of developing markets in the global economy. He is excited to explore these issues with LBS students experiencing these ideas and practices first-hand, to coordinate and co-direct the London Business Semester with Prof. Seltzer, and to be joined in London by his wife and three children, currently ages 11, 8, and 4.
Jonathan Seltzer, Marketing
Studying in London for six months as an undergraduate was a significant part of Jon Seltzer’s undergraduate education. A political science major, spending time living, studying and experiencing life in a “world city” provided a perspective and experiences that could not be replicated in the classroom. After graduation, Professor Seltzer entered the Peace Corps and then business school before returning to the Twin Cites as Manager and then Director of Corporate Planning at SUPERVALU. He worked at SUPERVALU for seventeen years, leaving as Corporate Vice-President for Government Affairs to start his own consulting practice in the food, retail and distribution industries. Consulting projects included supply chain projects in Egypt, expert testimony, competitive analysis and strategy projects in Montenegro as the country entered the EU and companies prepared to face new price-driven competitors.
Joining the Marketing Department in 2008, Professor Seltzer regularly teaches International Marketing, Marketing Channels & Distributions Systems and Interactive Marketing. Additionally he teaches in the Aquinas Program – Feeding the World – with a member of the Biology Department. In London he will be teaching Principles of Marketing with special emphasis on the differences between marketing in the U.S. and the U.K. and coordinating material with Professor Michaelson – how issues such as sustainability, revenue recognition and promotions have an ethical as well as implications for marketing decisions. He will be joined in London with his wife and hopefully their two adult children will be able to schedule a visit.
For more information about the 2013 London Business Semester, connect to the London Business Semester blog (link below) for video introductions and a discussion by Profs Seltzer and Michaelson about the upcoming program. There will be regular updates to this blog throughout the academic year.