Prof Marilise Smurthwaite

Academic Dean (Associate Professor)

BA(Hons) English (Wits); BA(Hons) Communications (Unisa); HED (Unisa); MPhil in Applied Ethics, DPhil (St Augustine)

Telephone: 
011 380 9033

Professor Marilise Smurthwaite holds The Bishop Fürst Chair of Applied Ethics in Catholic Social Teaching, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Johannesburg, and is Head of the Department of Applied Ethics and Peace Studies at St Augustine College of South Africa. She is also the Acting Registrar and Proctor at the College. She teaches Business Ethics and supervises students at postgraduate level and her areas of research include work on the fields of Applied Ethics and that of Business Ethics; the corporation and economic justice in South Africa, Catholic Social Thought, especially as an ethical framework for examining the economy and related issues, ethical business leadership, work, ethics, economy and sustainability, CSR and ethics in banking. Her publications include work on the purpose of the corporation, the unequal distribution of wealth in South Africa, executive remuneration, economic justice and injustice, ethics and the global economy, ethics and sustainability, CSR, governance and Catholic Social teaching, the challenges of work in the 21st century, the moral responsibilities of leaders in various sectors, ethics in banking and Business Ethics as a field of training, teaching and research in Southern Africa. She has presented many papers at academic conferences, spoken on both television and radio, and given talks and workshops on various aspects of ethics, business ethics and ethical leadership. Professor Smurthwaite sits on various commmittees including Senate, Faculty Board, Faculty Higher Degrees, Senate Research Committee and chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, Senate Publications and Editorial Committee, the Senate Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the sub-committee for Ethical Clearance for all research proposals at the College. She is also a member of the Editorial Committee for St Augustine Papers.

Research Interests:
Areas of research and publication include the corporation and economic justice in South Africa, Catholic Social Thought, especially as an ethical framework for examining the economy and related issues and ethical business leadership. The corporation, economic justice in South Africa, Catholic Social Thought, especially as an ethical framework for examining the economy and related issues; Corporate Social Responsiblity, executive remuneration, ethical business leadership.

Areas of collaboration:
She sits on various university commmittees and is chairperson of the Senate Ethics Committee and of the sub-committee for Ethical Clearance for all research proposals at the College. She is also the university Proctor and a member of the Editorial Committee for St Augustine Papers. Member of the Board of Governors at St David’s Marist, Inanda.

Her publications include work on the purpose of the corporation, the unequal distribution of wealth in South Africa, executive remuneration, governance and Catholic Social teaching,  the moral responsibilities of  leaders in various sectors, and ethics in banking.

Education: 

BA Hons English (Wits); BA Hons Communications (Unisa); HED (Unisa, with distinction), MPhil in Applied Ethics (St Augustine College of South Africa, with distinction), DPhil (St Augustine College of South Africa)

Publications: 

Smurthwaite M.E. 2000. ‘Business and World Hunger – Towards an Economy based on Greater Solidarity’ Praxis  8 (4), 18-21.

Smurthwaite M.E. 2001. ‘Servant Leadership’ Praxis 9 (1), 15-17.

Smurthwaite M.E. 2002. ‘Economic Justice in for all in South Africa – myth or reality?’ Praxis 10 (3), 2-8.

Book Review: Ethics in Africa. Deon Rossouw. Praxis 2002, 10 (3), 24.

Smurthwaite M.E. 2002. ‘The Unequal Distribution of Wealth in South Africa’. Praxis 10 (4), 2-8.

Smurthwaite M.E. 2003. ‘The Response of Government to the Uneven Distribution of Wealth in South Africa’. Praxis 11 (1), 4-12.

Book Review: Setting Global Standards. Guidelines for Creating Codes of Conduct in Multinational Corporations. S. Prakash Sethi. Praxis 2004 (April), 12 (1), 18-19.

Book Review: St Augustine Papers: Volume 5, Number 1. By Franz Josef Stegmann: Economic Liberalism, Marxism and Critical Judgement. Praxis 2004 (December), 12 (4), 17.

Smurthwaite M.E. 2004. ‘Economic Justice for all in South Africa – myth or reality?’ Catholic Theological Society of Southern Africa Proceedings of the Annual Conference 21-23 September 2004 St Augustine College of South Africa compiled by Stuart C Bate, p.42-46.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2005. ‘The Issue of HIV/AIDS in Africa: Moral Responsibilities of Leading Stakeholders’. Praxis 13 (1), 2-16.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2005. ‘Governance and Catholic Social Teaching’. Praxis 13 (2/3), 2-13.

Smurthwaite, M. E. 2005. ‘Governance and Catholic Social Teaching’. St Augustine Papers 6(1), 29-50.

Smurthwaite, M. E. 2006. ‘Executive Remuneration in the Light of Catholic Social Thought’. Praxis 14(2/3), 2-17.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2006. ‘Christian Judgement on Neoliberalism’ Zenit 11 November 2006.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2006. ‘Christian Judgement on Neoliberalism’. Praxis 14 (4), 16-17.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2007. ‘The Wage Gap is Extraordinary’. Challenge. Issue 86 January 2007.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2007. ‘Ethics and the Bank’. Praxis 15 (1/2), 2-7.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2007. ‘The South African Public Service Strike in the Light of Catholic Social Thought’. Praxis 15 (3/4), 2-10.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2007. ‘Is it possible to live the moral life within capitalism?’ St Augustine Papers 8(1), 27-49.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2008. ‘A Challenge to Contemporary Christian Leaders: A Preferential Option for the Poor’. Praxis 16 (1), 2-5

Smurthwaite M. E. 2008. ‘The Purpose of the Corporation’ in Williams, O. F. Peace Through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the ideals of the United Nations Global Compact. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, Chpt 1.

Smurthwaite M. E. and Racionzer, D. 2008. ‘Notes on incorporating Catholic Social teaching in Business Ethics Education’. Praxis 16 (2/3), 11-15.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2008. ‘The purpose of the corporation’ St Augustine Papers 9 (1), 54-97.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2009. ‘Economic Justice: some thoughts in the light of “Caritas in Veritate”’. Praxis 17 (3/4), 12-15.

Book Review: Smurthwaite M. E. 2009. ‘The Church and the Media’ by Chris Chatteris. Praxis 17 (3/4), 21.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2010. ‘Corporations and economic justice in South Africa: a model for ethical analysis’ in Omoyefa, P. and Antonites, A. Basic Applied Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Approach’. Germany: VDM Publishing Company, 111-155.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2009. ‘Economic Justice: some thoughts in the light of “Caritas in Veritate”’. Praxis 17 (3/4), 12-15.

Book Review: Smurthwaite M. E. 2009. ‘The Church and the Media’ by Chris Chatteris. Praxis 17 (3/4), 21.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2010. ‘Corporations and economic justice in South Africa: a model for ethical analysis’ in Omoyefa, P. and Antonites, A. Basic Applied Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Approach’. Germany: VDM Publishing Company, 111-155.

Smurthwaite M. E. 2010. ‘Ethics and the Global Economy’ St Augustine Papers 11 (1/2), 98-114.

Links to other Research Centres
Member of BEN-AFRICA (The Business Ethics Network of Africa

Member of ISBEE (International Society for Business, Economics and Ethics)

UKZN (external examiner)