Lindsay Thompson

Lindsay Thompson, PhD

Professor of Practice
Academic AreaLaw & Ethics
Academic AreaHealth
Academic AreaReal Estate
Areas of InterestLeadership ethics, Business leadership and human values, Globalization and human flourishing, Corporate governance and social responsibility

Lindsay Thompson is an ethicist and professor of practice.  Her research and teaching interests center on values, leadership, and disruptive social change in business, society, and corporate culture.  Current interests include: 1) Human wellbeing and integrity in complex, risk-laden social contexts of contested value systems, economic stress, technology-dependence, and hyper-competition; 2) The livability of cities and a sustainable urban future for humanity and the planet; 3) The role of individuals, institutions, and wisdom traditions in shaping public discourse and civic conscience in a secular society; and 4) Intersectional social equity and inclusion in business, professions, and society.  Lindsay initiated the Carey CityLab to engage the Carey community in collaborating with innovative business and community leaders transforming the economic geography of post-industrial cities to rebuild sustainable habitat, healthy people, cohesive communities, engaged citizens, and shared prosperity. Baltimore CityLab is focused on initiatives to revitalize Baltimore City’s Black Butterfly by providing growth capital, technical assistance, and support networks fueling a sustainable, entrepreneurial business ecosystem for Baltimore’s next generation economy.


  • Ph. D, Classics/Anthropology of Ancient and Traditional Societies, Johns Hopkins University
  • MA, Education, University of St. Thomas
  • BA, French, University of Minnesota


Selected publications

  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2020) Intersectionality and Business Legitimacy, Handbook of Business Legitimacy, Jacob D Rendtorff, ed. Springer Press.
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2019). Contributing author and editor, Encyclopedia for Business Ethics and Society, Robert Kolb, ed. Sage Press.
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. and Richard Milter. (2018) Livable Cities: The Moral Measure of Urban Century Wealth. 25th International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, New York, NY. 
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2018) CityLab: An Academic Business Capstone for the Urban Century. Journal of Business and Professional Ethics.
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2010) The Global Moral Compass for Business Leaders. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2007) Gender Equity and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Post-feminist Era. Business Ethics: A European Review. 
  • Thompson, Lindsay J. (2004) Moral Leadership in a Postmodern World. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Works in progress

  • Moral Wellbeing in a Culture of Health
  • Transforming Moral Distress: Subjective Narratives of Working Professionals



  • Business Leadership and Human Values 
  • CityLab Toolkit: Sustainable Futures
  • CityLab Practicum: Impact Project
  • Health Policy Design and Implementation
  • Health Policy Practicum
  • Real Estate and Infrastructure Capstone

Honors and distinctions

  • Editor, Special Issue on Overlooked Thinkers, Business Ethics Quarterly.
  • Best paper award, International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. (2018)
  • Award for best academic paper at the 25th annual conference of 200 participants from 87 universities in 25 countries.
  • Certificate of Recognition for Community Service. Mayor of Baltimore. (2018)
  • Induction into Lambda Alpha International, honorary land economics society. (2017)
  • Green Blujay Award for sustainability leadership, Johns Hopkins University (2015)
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Carey Business School (2009)
  • Editorial team, CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title (2008)
  • Editorial team, BRASS Business References Award for Outstanding Title (2008)

Impact and engagement


As founder and leader of CityLab, engaged with numerous business, civic, and public sector leaders to build an urban collaborative platform fostering business innovation for a livable future: Sustainable habitat, healthy people, cohesive communities, engaged citizens, and shared prosperity. Anticipating Baltimore’s 300th and Maryland’s 400th anniversaries, these initiatives are targeting business innovation and growth with high social impact in business sectors featuring jobs with relatively low barriers to workforce entry coupled with high potential for technology integration and scaling: 1) Materials and furniture design, production, distribution, and repair; 2) Cultural tourism and hospitality, 3) Real estate and infrastructure development and place management; 4)  Cybersecurity services and risk management, 5) Social impact financial services; and 6) Health services, systems, and technologies.


Engaged with numerous partners in health policy initiatives to address addictions, the opiate crisis, and social factors determining health, including youth violence, affordable housing, and income/wealth inequality.