College of Business and Economics

Dr. Jerry Calton, Professor of Management

Jerry Calton, Ph.D.Jerry Calton, Ph.D. College of Business and Economics
Phone: (808) 932-7247
Location: CoBE building
Biography (PDF)


  • Ph.D., Business & Society, University of Washington, 1986
  • Ph.D., History, University of Washington, 1970
  • M.A., History, University of Washington, 1966
  • B.A., History, University of Washington, 1964

Teaching Interest

  • Business/Ethics/Business & Society
  • International Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Management

Research Interests

  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue as a trust building process in network governance
  • Chaos theory, systems thinking, and emergent, co-creative learning processes
  • Social contracting as a constructivists approach to ethical decision-making
  • Social entrepreneurship and new leadership paradigms at the base of the global development pyramid

Referred Journal Articles

  • Calton, J.M., Werhane, P., Hartman, L., & Bevan, D. (2013) "Building Partnerships to Create Social and Economic Value at the Base of the Global Development Pyramid." Journal of Business Ethics
  • Burke, K. & Calton, J.M., (2009) "A Framework for Describing the Relationships Among Social Technologies and Social Capital Formation in Electronic Entrepreneurial Networking." International Journal of E-Collaboration, 5(3), pp. 25-38.
  • Calton, J.M., (2006) "Social Contracting in a Pluralist Process of Moral Sense Making: A Dialogic Twist on the ISCT." Journal of Business Ethics, 68: 329-346.
  • Calton, J.M. & Payne, S.L., (2003) "Coping with Paradox: Multi-stakeholder Learning Dialogue as a Pluralist Sense Making Process for Addressing Messy Problems." Business & Society, 42(1), pp. 7-42.

Book Chapters

  • Calton, J.M., (2013) "Can Wal-Mart Rise to a Transformational Challenge in China?" In Pauline Albert, Patricia Werhane & Tim Rolph (Eds) Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book (The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics Book Series; Springer Science-Business Media B.V. Dordrecht)
  • Calton, J.M., (2013) "NAFTA and the Food and Agricultural Sectors," In Paul Thompson & David Kaplan (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. Springer Reference.
  • Calton, J.M., (2008) Payne, S.L., & Waddoc, S. "Learning to Teach Ethics From the Heart" IN Diane Swanson & Dann Fisher, Advancing Business Ethics Education in the 21st Century. Information Age.

Highlights of professional service

  • Program Chair for International Association for Business & Society (IABS) annual conference in Kailua-Kona (1998)
  • IABS President (1999)
  • Co-Chair of Local Arrangements Committee for Academy of Management National Meeting in Honolulu, HI (2005)
  • Book Review Editor for Journal of Corporate Citizenship (2002-2009)
  • Ongoing reviewer for Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Corporate Citizenship
  • Contributing Editor to Encyclopedia for Business Ethics & Society, Robert B. Kolb, General Editor. Sage Publications. This involved editing over 36 submissions and writing five contributions to this series. (2007-2008)
  • Interim Chair of UH Hilo Faculty Congress (2003-2004)
  • Chair of UH Hilo Faculty Congress (2004-2005)
  • Member, UH Hilo Graduate Council (2005-2011)
  • Director, UH Hilo Honors Program (1998-2001)


  • Elected as IABS Fellow in recognition of my research and leadership contribution to the field of Business Ethics/Business & Society (2004)