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Academic Area

  • Strategy, Management, and Operations
  • School

  • Busch School of Business
  • Expertise

  • Ethical decision-making in organizations
  • Positive models of ethical decision-making
  • Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Virtue ethics in business
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Dr. Max Torres joined Catholic University's faculty in 2014. His teaching and research center on the relationships adhering between managerial decision-making, personal character and organizational culture.  It aims to identify, model, and harness the intangible human phenomena underlying tangible, measurable results in organizations. He has won numerous awards, including the 2003 Novak Award from the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, MI.  He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics Education, His opinions on the spiritual dimension of business concerning matters of finance and work can be found in the podcast archives of "Kresta in the Afternoon" at Ave Maria Radio, WDEO in Ann Arbor, MI, and “The Catholic Cave” on Catholic Radio in Indianapolis, IN.

    In addition to Catholic University, Dr. Torres has held academic appointments at the IESE Business School, University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain; the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH; IME – The Institute for Media and Entertainment in New York, NY; Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, MI; Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in Ada, OH; and INIDEM – The Institute of Law and Business in Panama City, Panama. He has taught in executive education programs at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI; CEIBS - The China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, China; and IEDC- The Bled School of Management in Bled, Slovenia.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Management, Stanford University.

    Before beginning a second career in academe, Dr. Torres worked in the financial services industry as a registered representative at Dean Witter Reynolds, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, both in San Francisco, CA. He served as the Executive VP of Investments at the D/A Financial Group in Orinda, CA, and was Principle of Max Torres Co. in Walnut Creek, CA.

    Dr. Torres holds a Ph.D. from the University of Navarra (IESE Business School) in Barcelona, Spain; a J.D. from Harvard University (Harvard Law School), a B.S from the University of California at Berkeley (pre-Haas School of Business) and an A.A. from the City College of San Francisco.