Steven Feldman | Weatherhead
Steven Feldman - Professor, Design & Innovation

Faculty – Steven Feldman

Professor, Design & Innovation
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Steven Feldman, PhD, is the author of TROUBLE IN THE MIDDLE: AMERICAN-CHINESE BUSINESS RELATIONS, CULTURE, CONFLICT, AND ETHICS. American and Chinese business relations are at the heart of his research. Feldman’s work is mainly concerned with ethical and cultural differences: What ethical and cultural challenges do American executives face in China? How are they responding to these challenges? Feldman’s research includes detailed accounts of Chinese business practices. It also provides insight into how to respond most effectively to them within American fair trade laws and without jeopardizing business. His research further examines organizational theory, decision-making and politics.

Feldman began teaching at Case Western Reserve University in 1983 after receiving his PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His teaching interests lie in business and professional ethics, social and political environment of management, corporate governance, nonprofit ethics, nonprofit governance, organization theory, qualitative methods, and organization behavior.

Professionally, Feldman is a board member of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation. He also served previously as interim executive director of the Mandel Center.

PhD, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
MS, University of Oregon, 1978
BA, Linfield College, 1976

Initially Appointed: 1983

Interests and Courses


Business and professional ethics, cultural aspects of organizations, business-society relations, American Chinese business relations, leadership, organization theory, organization decision-making, organization politics.


Business and professional ethics, social and political environment of management, corporate governance, nonprofit ethics and leadership, nonprofit governance, organization theory, qualitative methods, organization behavior.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Feldman, S. P. (2013).
    Trouble in the Middle: American-Chinese Business Relations, Culture, Conflict, and Ethics   (pp. 505). Routledge Publishing.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Interim Executive Director, Mandel Center, 2010 - 2011
  • Board Member, Cleveland Hillel Foundation , Cleveland, OH, 2010 - Present
  • Committee Member, Ethics Alliance, 2009 - Present
  • Committee Member, Provost Committee on Mandel Center, 2009 - 2011
  • Committee Member, Mandel Foundation Joint Advisory Committee, 2002 - 2011