Diego Arias earnt his Ph.D. in Management at IESE Business School. His research is focused on the integration of fields between business ethics and organizational theory. As a qualitative scholar, Diego’s research concentrates on the topics of corporate purpose, identity and authenticity, and corporate social responsibility. His current work explores how social entrepreneurs’ identity changes over time. This research explores the changes that occurred to social entrepreneurs’ self-concept once they have already started their endeavor, showing that social entrepreneurs’ identity changes from past, present, and future self-concepts. From a normative perspective, Diego’s research is routed on catholic social thought and virtue ethics.
As a professor, Diego likes to involve his students and engage them in vivid discussions through case study methods, role-play games, and in situ case study. Diego aims to inspire his students to first reflect on their values and virtues, second, to be able to transmit those inner values and virtues to their organization, and third, to act ethically within their organizations so that they can route them in ethical action through human excellence. Diego has teaching experience in three different countries. He taught business ethics in Peru from 2008 to 2017 at Universidad Catolica San Pablo. In addition, he has taught business ethics and corporate social responsibility in Spain at Universidad Internacional de Catalunya from 2019 to 2022. Currently, Diego is an Assistant Professor in Management and Business Ethics at the University of Detroit Mercy in the USA with teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate level and in the MBA.