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Katherine Nelson


Katherine Nelson

Katherine Nelson

Title: Instructor (Practice)
Department: Human Resources Management

Office: Alter Hall 341
Phone: 215.204.8370

Research Interests: Human resources, Professional competencies, Employee engagement and organizational culture, Business ethics

Professor Nelson’s Curriculum Vitae

Katherine A Nelson is currently a full-time faculty member at the Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University, where she has taught business ethics, introduction to management, and “HR on the Ground,” a course she designed that was named one of “Ten College Courses That Pay Off at Work” (U.S. News & World Report, April 26, 2010). She also has taught business ethics to executive MBAs at the University of Delaware and to executives at Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania. (She was a senior fellow in ethics at the Wharton School for several years in the early 1990s.) In 2010, she was honored with the Fox School’s annual Andrisani-Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2011 she was named a Dean’s Teaching Fellow.

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Kate enjoyed a thirty-year career in business before transitioning to academia. She was a principal and communication practice leader for Mercer Human Resources Consulting in Philadelphia, where she managed a 19-person team of consultants delivering services to Mercer’s clients in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and upstate New York. Earlier, she was vice president and head of worldwide HR communication at Citicorp in New York and has held similar positions at a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch and at Honeywell. In the late 1980s, she was a pioneer in the field of business ethics training. The ethics game she created at Citicorp, The Work Ethic, was awarded the Gold Quill of Excellence by the International Association of Business Communicators and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and many more international business media. The Work Ethic and similar games she developed have been used in numerous business schools including Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Oxford, and INSEAD; and by numerous organizations including NASA, General Electric, and J.P. Morgan.

Kate received her B.A. from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City and has completed coursework at Temple, Harvard, and the State University of New York. She is co-author with Linda Klebe Treviño of Managing Business Ethics, published by John Wiley & Sons; 6th edition, 2013.

Sample Publications

  • Managing Business Ethics, with Linda Klebe Treviño, John Wiley & Sons, 6th edition, 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Andrisani-Frank Excellence in Teaching Award, Fox School of Business, 2010
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Fox School of Business, 2011-2012


Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • HRM1101 – Introduction to Leadership and Organizations
  • HRM3531 – HR on the Ground
  • BA3125 – Business, Society & Ethics

In the News

  • “Worried About a Performance Review?” by Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 9, 2013
  • “Temple Class Offers HR Students a View of Real-World Retail,” by Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2012
  • “Focus on the ‘Me,” Not the ‘We,’” by Jane M.Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 2012
  • “Fox School of Business Puts Its Students on the Shop Floor,” by Peter Key, Philadelphia Business Journal, May 16, 2010
  • “10 College Courses That Will Pay Off at Work,” by Brian Burnsed, U.S. News & World Report, April 26, 2010

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