Department Chair and Associate Professor, Management
Monfort College of Business

  • #Empathy
  • #Ethics
  • #AnimalRescue
  • #Business
  • #Teaching

A specialist in ethics, workplace communication, organizational development, leadership, empathy, and mindfulness, Keiko Krahnke is an Associate Professor of Management in the Monfort College of Business.

Krahnke teaches UNC’s Management of Organizations and Business Ethics courses, and starting this fall, she will be teaching Ethical Leadership and Organizational Behavior in the new online MBA program. Her current research interests include empathy and compassion, ethics, leadership, and systems thinking. After earning her bachelor’s in English from Doshisha Women’s College in Japan, and her master’s in English and Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Colorado State University, Krahnke came to see her role as a teacher as one that could address the need for ethics and empathy in the world.

I continue to be inspired by my students.

Helping students cultivate ethical behavior and ethical decision making is a critical part of business education at MCB, and she’s an advisor (with colleague Sharon Clinebell) for UNC ethics teams. She focuses on helping her students see their responsibilities as future leaders and understand the impact their choices can have in the world. She encourages them to think beyond their own actions — to see the interconnectedness of the world — in subtle situations in the business world. At the end of the day, she cares about inspiring even a few students to find their purpose in their lives and make a difference in their own unique ways in the world. As she was taught as a child, she teaches her students to “leave everything a little bit better you found it.”

UNC teams won the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Case Competition in 2016 and 2017, and the undergraduate and graduate teams won first place at the International Business Ethics Case Competition in 2018.

“I continue to be inspired by my students," said Krahnke. "They help me to feel that our future is in good hands.”

The Heart of Business

Associate Professor Keiko Krahnke lives and teaches ethics, sharing her insights with UNC business students. Read more in the UNC magazine

Following Her Calling

UNC associate professor rescues pooch from the dog meat trade. Read the article in the Greeley Tribune.