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Sareh Pouryousefi

Dr. Sareh Pouryousefi

Assistant Professor
DepartmentLaw and business
EducationBA, MA, Ph.D


Dr. Sareh Pouryousefi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law & Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Her research focuses on the normative foundations of business ethics and she carries out this work in close engagement with empirical, social scientific research. Her current writing projects are about trust, pragmatism, and the professions. Dr. Pouryousefi has served as an organizer and mentor at workshops and meetings of the Society for Business Ethics, the European Business Ethics Network, and the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network. She is a reviewer for academic journals in her field, and serves on the Editorial Review Board at Business Ethics Quarterly. 

Dr. Pouryousefi holds a BA in Philosophy (specialization in logic) from Simon Fraser University, and an MA in Philosophy and International Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. She received her PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. After working at the Ontario Ministry of Finance and spending time at the Schulich School of Business as a Visiting Scholar, she took up a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nottingham (UK), where she worked on a European Commission funded project about global governance and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Pouryousefi was a faculty member at Nottingham University Business School for three years. Since 2016, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Olsson Centre for Applied Ethics in the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Pouryousefi has taught courses in business ethics, healthcare ethics and management, public administration ethics, organizational behaviour, and corporate social responsibility. She has advised Undergraduate, MBA, and MSc student dissertations, and supervised two PhD students to completion. Dr. Pouryousefi’s teaching was recognized when she received school-level and university-level awards for her work on ethics at the University of Toronto and the University of Nottingham.

Peer-reviewed articles
2023  Pouryousefi, S. Ethics for Capitalists: A Systematic Approach to Business Ethics, Competition, and Market Failure, by Joseph Heath. Altona, MB: FriesenPress, 2023. 276 pp. Business Ethics Quarterly (Forthcoming)
2022  Pouryousefi, S., Tallant, J. Empirical and philosophical reflections on trust in groups. Journal of the American Philosophical Association, pp. 1-21
2021  Pouryousefi, S., Freeman, R. E. The promise of pragmatism. Business Ethics Quarterly, 31(4), pp.572-599
2020  Slager, R., Pouryousefi, S., Moon, J. and Schoolman, E.D. Sustainability centres and fit: how centres work to integrate sustainability within business schools. Journal of Business Ethics, 161(2), pp. 375-391
2019  Painter, M., Pouryousefi, S., Hibbert, S. and Russon, J.A. Sharing vocabularies: towards horizontal alignment of values-driven business functions. Journal of Business Ethics, 155(4), pp. 965-979
2019  Pouryousefi, S. and Frooman, J. The consumer scam: an agency-theoretic approach. Journal of Business Ethics, 154(1), pp.1-12
2017  Pouryousefi, S. and Frooman, J. The problem of unilateralism in agency theory: towards a bilateral formulation. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(2), pp.163-182
2014  Pouryousefi, S. The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics, by George F. DeMartino. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Business Ethics Quarterly, 24(2), pp.283-287