Bart Victor

Bart Victor

Cal Turner Chair in Moral Leadership, Emeritus

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Poverty alleviation, ethical foundations of business, strategy making

Subject Areas

Organization Studies


Bart Victor works with students and faculty at Owen and across Vanderbilt to study enterprise approaches to the alleviation of poverty, as well as the ethical foundations of business.


Professor Victor has served in many leading capacities in academia and the private sector. He is the Faculty Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Owen. He has served as Chairman of the Board at Baptist Hospital System, as well as the Center for Community Health Solutions at Vanderbilt. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Executive Discovery LLC, a company in the LEGO Group. He has also held the role of Senior Editor at Organization Science.


Bart has been published in several leading journals, including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Organization Science.


Professor Victor teaches several courses at Owen, including Organizational Behavior, Ethics, and Organization Change, for the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He has also taught customized courses within the Executive Education program.

Research Interests

Professor Victor’s research focuses on the practical and moral dimensions of enterprise approaches to the alleviation of poverty, and the ethical foundations of business, as well as the social and moral consequences of new organizational forms and the process of strategy making.


Ph.D., Business Administration, University of North Carolina, 1985

M.S., Educational Administration, Bank Street College of Education, 1979

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1977





Select Publications


Gifts Loans and Poverty

 “Gifts Loans and Poverty: A Social Embeddedness View of Business Model Approaches to Poverty Alleviation”  Bart Victor, Woodrow Lucas.  International Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship Research, (forthcoming)


Whistle-blowing among young employees

 "Whistle-blowing among young employees: A life-course perspective." Jason Stansbury, Bart Victor, Journal of Business Ethics (forthcoming)


Collective Virtuosity in Organizations: A Study of Peak Performance

 “Collective Virtuosity in Organizations:  A Study of Peak Performance,” (Mark Marotto, Johan Roos, Bart Victor) Journal of Management Studies Volume 44, Number 3, May 2007 , pp. 388-413(26)