Al Gini

Title/s:  Professor Emeritus, Business Ethics

Email: agini@LUC.edu


Al Gini retired as Professor of Business Ethics in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.  He is the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics.  For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and can currently be heard on WGN/Tribune Radio. He also regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on cultural issues, business and ethics.  His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual; The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations; Why It’s Hard to Be Good; Seeking The Truth of Things; The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux; 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders with Ronald M. Green; and, The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives.

Research Interests

Professor Gini is the co-founder and former associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for Business Ethics.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Besides lecturing to community and professional organizations, he does consulting on corporate ethics, and he can be regularly heard on National Public Radio's Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM.

Selected Publications


Gini, A. The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives. Rowman and Littlefield, Summer 2017.

Gini, A., R. Green. 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Gini, A., A. Marcoux. Business Ethics: A Concise Introduction. Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Gini, A. God Can Quote Me on That: Quotations on the Meaning of Life. ACTA Press, 2011.

Gini, A. Seeking The Truth of Things: Confessions of a (catholic) Philosopher.  ACTA Press, 2010. (Winner 2011 Catholic Press Association, Professional Book of the Year.)

Gini, A. Even Deadlier: Volume Two, The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler: An Anthology Prologue. Chicago: Great Books Foundation, 2009.

Gini, A., A. Marcoux.  A. Case Studies in Business Ethics. 6th ed.  Prentice Hall, Fall 2008/Spring 2009.

Gini, A. The Seven Deadly Sins a Sampler: An Anthology. The Great Books Foundation, 2007.

Gini, A. Why It’s Hard To Be Good. Routledge, 2005/2006.

Gini, A. The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacations. New York: Routledge, April 2003.

Gini, A. My Job Myself: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual, New York: Routledge, Spring 2000.

Gini, A., T. Sullivan. Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! -- Funny, Insightful, Encouraging and Sometimes Painful Quotes About Work.  Chicago: ACTA Publication, Fall 1994.

Gini, A. T. Sullivan. It Comes With the Territory: An Inquiry Concerning Work and The Person. Ed. T. Sullivan. Random House, January 1989.

Gini, A., P. Werhane, D. Ozar. Philosophical Issues in Human Rights. Eds. Werhane, P., Ozar, D.  Random House, Fall 1985. 

Refereed Articles

Gini,A. "Dirty Jokes, Tasteless Jokes, Ethnic Jokes." Florida Philosophical Review. Winter 2015. 

Gini, A., R.M. Green. "Bad Leaders/Misleaders." Business and Society Review. 117.2 (Summer 2012). 143-154.

Gini, A. "The Importance of Humor in Teaching Philosophy." Teaching Philosophy. 34.2 (June 2011).

Gini, A. "Work." Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd ed. 2 (2011/2013).

Gini, A. "Labor Without Love – Reflections on the  Pleasures and Sorrows of Work." The Common Review. 8.3 (Winter 2010).

 Gini, A. "On Being a Generalist." Business Ethics Quarterly. 20.4 (October 2010).

Gini, A. "Liberal Education in an Interdependent World." Continuing Higher Education Review. 72 (Fall 2008).

Gini, A. "Platonic Punch Lines: An Essay on Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar – Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes." The Common Review. 7.1 (Summer 2008).

Gini, A. "Business, Ethics, and Leadership in a Post – Enron Era." Leadership Studies. University of Maryland, 2005.

Book Chapters

Gini, A. "A Short Primer on Moral Courage." Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work. M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2011.

Gini, A. "Golf and the Importance of Play."Golf, Play and Philosophy. University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

Gini, A. "The Efforts of Work on Moral Decision Making." The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2010.

 Gini, A. "The Protestant Work Ethic." Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. Sage Publications, 2007.

Gini, A. "Work-Life Balance." Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. Sage Publications, 2007.

Gini, A. "The Sopranos: Murderous Melodrama or Morality Play?" The Philosophy of the Sopranos. Ed. R.V. Greene. Open Court Press, Spring 2004.

Gini, A. "What is Work?" Blackwell Publishers Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics. Eds. P.H. Werhane, R.E. Freeman. Blackwell, Fall 2004.

Presentation of Refereed Papers

Gini, A. "The Rule of Leadership in Society."  The Jesuit Institute of S.A. May 2014.

Gini, A.  "The Role of Leadership in Government." Ministry of Education, S.A. May 2014.

Gini, A.  "Lincoln and Leadership." Elgin Library. 6 April 2014. 

Gini, A.  "The Ethics of Giving." Association of Professional Fundraisers. 4 March 2014.

Gini, A.  "South Africa After Mandela." Fenwick High School. 25 February 2014.

Gini, A.  "Humor and Ethics." Hinsdale Unitarian Society. 23 February 2014.

Gini, A.  “Bad Leadership.” Cooley School of Law. 20 February 2014.

Gini, A. "Business, Ethics, and Trust." The Management Group of Chicago Illinois.  8 July 2012.

Gini, A. "What We Bring to the Classroom: Lessons from Life." DeVry University. 22 June  2012.

Gini, A. "Work in our Lives." Gettysburg College. 2 April  2012.

Gini, A. "Work, Identity, and Self." Illinois Career Counselors. 16 March 2012.

Gini, A. "Bad Leaders/Misleaders." Society of Business Ethics. 16 February 2012.

Gini, A. "Teaching Business Ethics in Business Schools." North Eastern Illinois University. 21 November 2011.

Gini, A. "Leisure and Play." Dominican College. 17 November 2011.

Gini, A. "Ethics in the Law." Louisville Bar Association. 20-21 October 2011.

Gini, A. "The Nature of Work." Belmont University, Distinguished Professor Series. 27-28 September 2011.

Gini, A. "Ethics Across the Curriculum." Belmont University, Distinguished Professor Series. 27-28 September 2011.

Gini, A. "The State of the MBA." Belmont University, Distinguished Professors Series.  27-28 September 2011.

Gini, A. "Humor and Teaching." Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society. 14-15 October 2011.

Gini, A. "Leadership In Troubled Times." McHenry County Junior College. 15 April 2011.

Gini, A. "Seeking The Truth of Things." Loyola University Chicago Library, “Faculty Library Person of the Year”. 31 March 2011.

Gini, A. "Standards of Leadership." Rockford College, Visiting Lecturer. 10 February 2011.

Gini, A. "Humor in Our Private/Public Lives." Rockford College, Visiting Lecturer. 10 February 2011.

Gini, A. "Leadership." Family Business Institute. 11 November 2010.

Gini, A. "Leadership and Work Life Balance." Bellarmine University. 21 October 2010.

Gini, A. "Malden Mills: "When Being A Good Company Isn’t Good Enough." Proceedings of The Good Company: Sixth International Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education. Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), Rome, Italy (accessible via internet). 5 October 2006.