Linda Trevino

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics , Distinguished Professor
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 402 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-2194
Fax: 814-863-7261
Member of Faculty Since: 1987



Linda K. Treviño is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, and Director of the Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics in the Smeal College of Business where she has been on the faculty since 1987. She served as Chair of the Department of Management and Organization from 1999-2004. She holds a Ph.D. in management from Texas A&M University.  Her research and writing on the management of ethical conduct in organizations is widely published and is known internationally. She has published more than eighty five journal articles and has co-authored a textbook with Katherine Nelson entitled Managing Business Ethics; Straight Talk About How to do it Right, published by John Wiley in 1995. The seventh edition was published in 2017. The book, which is being used to teach undergraduates, MBAs, and executives, addresses how people can manage their own ethical conduct and the conduct of their employees in today's business organizations. A more academic book, entitled Managing Ethics in Business Organizations: Social Scientific Perspectives, with Gary Weaver, was published in 2003 by Stanford University Press. A book on academic integrity with coauthors Donald McCabe and Kenneth Butterfield was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012 and in paperback form in 2017.  Professor Treviño has taught all types of students, from undergraduates, to MBAs, to Executive MBAs, to Ph.D.s, and executives. She has also consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations and has led research projects for Arthur Andersen’s former Ethics & Responsible Business Practices Consulting and for the Ethics Resource Center (now Ethics Research Center, part of ECI) Fellows Program where she served as Chair of the Academic Fellows for ten  years. She has made presentations to academic, practitioner, and corporate audiences including the Defense Industry Initiative, the Government Ethics Office, the Conference Board, the Conference Board of Canada, the Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals, The Money Management Institute, the NASD (now FINRA), the Human Resources Planning Society, and the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association.  In 2007, she was elected a member of the Academy of Management Fellows, a group that recognizes and honors members of the Academy of Management who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.  In 2004, Professor Treviño was invited to serve as a core faculty member in the Business Roundtable’s Institute for Business Ethics where she continues to serve.  She also served on the AACSB’s task force on ethics in the curriculum and served a 4-year term as the Academy of Management Ethics Ombudsperson beginning in January, 2006.  Professor Treviño served on the board of the Center for Ethics in Financial Services at the American College.  She also currently serves on the editorial review board of Administrative Science Quarterly and serves as Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly.  She completed a two-year term as Associate Editor of Academy of Management Review in July, 2008.  She served as the Division Chair for the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management.  Professor Treviño received the best paper award from the prestigious Academy of Management Review in 1993 and from the journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, in 2007.  She has received the best paper award three times from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management.   Ethisphere named her one of 2015's 100 most influential people in business ethics.




Current Research

Professor Trevino's research focuses on understanding ethical and unethical conduct in work organizations. Her current research includes work on the ethics and compliance officer role, the financial crisis, reactions to the 2011 Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, ethical leadership, values in organizations, moral voice and speaking up in organizations, the role of status in organizational ethics and how dyslexics navigate the workplace. She also studies academic integrity issues including honor codes as organizational change initiatives.

Publication List

L.K. Trevino, N. den Nieuwenboer, G.E. Kreiner, & D. BIshop, "A grounded theory study of legitimacy work among ethics and compliance officers", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2014, 123, 186-205.

J. Gehman, L. Trevino and R. Garud, "Values work: A process study of the emergence and performance of organizational values practices", Academy of Management Journal, 2013, 56, 84-112.

S. Hannah, J. Schaubroeck, A. Peng, R. Lord, L.K. Trevino, S.W.K. Kozlowski, B.J. Avolio, N. Dimotakis, J. Doty, "Joint influences of individual and work unit abusive supervision on ethical intentions and behaviors: A moderated mediation model.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2013, 98, 579-592.

D. Mayer, S. Nurmohamed, L.K. Trevino, D.L. Shapiro, M. Schminke, "Encourage employees to report unethical conduct internally: It takes a village", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2013, 121, 89-103.

M.K. Chin, D. Hambrick, L.K. Trevino, "The influence of CEO political ideology on corporate social responsibility", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2013, 58, 197-232.

J. Jordan, M. Brown, & L.K. Trevino, "Somebody to look up to: Executive follower ethical reasoning and perceptions of ethical leadership", Journal of Management, 2013, 39, 660-683.

J. Schaubroeck, S. Hannah, B. Avolio, S. Kozlowski, R. Lord, L. Trevino, N. Dimotakis, C. Peng, "Embedding ethical leadership within and across organizational levels", Academy of Management Journal, 2012, 55, 1053-1078.

C. Moore, J.R. Detert, L. Trevino, V. Baker, D.M. Mayer, "Why employees do bad things: Moral disengagement adn unethical organizational behavior", Personnel Psychology, 2012, 65, 1-48.


Associate Editor, Business Ethics Quarterly

Editorial Review Board, Administrative Science Quarterly

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Management


Ph.D., Management, Texas A&M University, 1987


MGMT 528, Seminar in organizational behavior

MGMT 451W, Business, Ethics, & Society