Professor Donald Palmer

Professor Donald Palmer is an expert on white-collar crime, corporate ethics and social responsibility. His research looks at why otherwise ethical people end up participating in wrongful courses of behavior, more specifically how individuals join wrongful courses of action that are initiated by others. His conclusions are based on basic psychological and social psychological processes that shape human behavior. Palmer brings his research findings to the classroom to apply them to problems of working with and managing others in organizations. Palmer is often invited to present his work in venues across the nation. Last August, he was invited to give the keynote address for the Critical Management studies group at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in New Orleans, where he spoke to an audience of academicians, human resource professionals, trainers and consultants. From New Orlean, Palmer traveled to Canada to present his work at the University of Alberta’s School of Business. In October, Palmer visited New York University, where he gave a talk to business scholars. In February, Palmer joined three of his Graduate School of Management faculty colleagues as panelists to discuss “Ethics After Enron: Issues for Today’s Managers” at a breakfast meeting of executives from the Sacramento region.

Professor Palmer was recently appointed as faculty assistant to the dean. In this role, he oversees all personnel issues that impact Graduate School of Management faculty, including appointments and promotions.