• Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 1997
  • M.B.A., University of North Texas, 1993
  • B.A., University of North Texas, 1991


  • Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility

Research Interests

  • Ethical leadership
  • Executive compensation
  • Outsourcing


Matthew (Matt) Gilley, Ph.D., knew St. Mary’s University was a great fit for him when he learned he would be able to teach topics he was passionate about. Joining St. Mary’s in 2007 as the first holder of the Bill Greehey Chair in Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Gilley teaches undergraduate and graduate courses with a special emphasis on ethical leadership and corporate culture. His goal as a teacher is to inspire and empower his students to lead lives of significance and deep personal meaning.

In 2008, Gilley co-founded the Greater San Antonio Ethics & Compliance Roundtable, which has grown into a successful non-profit organization providing ethics practitioners in the region an opportunity for professional development and networking. Current and former member organizations include USAA, Rackspace, AT&T, HEB, Frost Bank, the City of San Antonio, the City of Austin, Valero Energy, Boeing, CPS Energy, Petco, NuStar Energy, Siemens, and many others.

Gilley is an Invited Academic Fellow of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), a think-tank based in Washington, DC. The ECI is the oldest non-profit organization in the United States devoted to the study and practical application of ethics in the workplace. The ECI fellows are comprised of approximately 70 business executives from America’s largest corporations, senior government officials, and select academicians from top universities. In his work with the ECI, Gilley has led research groups examining corporate social responsibility and the evolving role of the ethics professional.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Gilley spent almost eight years on the faculty of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Before moving to OSU, Gilley spent two years on the faculty of James Madison University’s business school.

Gilley has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research numerous times. His accolades include the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, the Greehey School Service Excellence Award, the OSU Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award (that university’s top teaching honor), and the Greiner Teaching Award, among others. His research has been cited thousands of times in studies dealing with ethics, corporate responsibility, sustainability, strategic management, leadership, human resources management, and international business.

Active in service to the community and his profession, Gilley served the Northside Independent School District as an advisory board member for the Northside School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship for over a decade. He has also provided numerous pro bono training and development workshops for non-profit organizations in the region and nationally. Gilley has served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Management and the Journal of World Business, as well as a reviewer for many leading empirical research journals and professional conferences.

Gilley has advised senior executives across the United States in organizations of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500, on matters related to strategy, leadership, and corporate responsibility. His clients have operated in global healthcare, automobile manufacturing, e-commerce, electric distribution, petroleum services, composites manufacturing, oilfield services, trucking, lodging, environmental management, and more.

Raised on a farm and ranch in North Texas, Gilley enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, and long-range overland travel with his wife and three children.


Gilley’s research has been published in the world’s most prestigious management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, and others. His studies have also been presented at research conferences across the globe.

Select Publications

Gilley, K.M., Palacios, S., & Robertson, C.J.  2020.  “Moral Resources and Competitive Advantage: A Strategic Management Class Activity.”  Journal of Business Ethics Education, 16: 81-102.

Gilley, K.M., Weeks, K.P., Coombs, J.E., Bell, M.P., & Kluemper, D. 2019.  “Board Gender Diversity, Social Performance, and CEO Compensation.” Journal of Business Strategies 36(2): 1-27.  

Kaciuba, G., Gilley, K.M., Evans, K., Dess, G.G.  2018.  “Training MBAs to Use Management Research.” Journal of the Academy of Business Education, Winter:  329-344.

Coombs, J.E., Gilley, K.M., O’Connor, J.P., Thorley, T.E., & Wesley, C.L. 2018. “Religiosity and Corporate Illegal Activity.”  Journal of Business Strategies, 35(2): 22-47.

Gilley, K.M.  2017.  “A Pharmaceutical Executive’s Dilemma:  Balancing Competing Demands of People and Profits.”  (Case and teaching notes.)  SAGE Business Cases.

Robertson, C.J., Olson, B.J., Gilley, K.M., & Bao, Y.J.  2014.  “National Differences in Stakeholder Pressure to Adopt Codes of Ethics:  A Four-Country Study.”  Journal of Business and Management, 3(4): 28-39.

Bell, R.G., Gilley, K.M., & Medaille, J.  2013.  “Ethics and Institutions:  Taking a Closer Look at Rewards.” Journal of Business Ethics Education, 10:  261-274.

Janney, J.J., Gilley, K.M., & Dess, G.G.  2013.  “The Countervailing Forces of Diffusion and Scarcity on Resource Acquisition: Insights from Naming Rights Agreements.”  Journal of Marketing and Strategic Management, 7(1): 1-16.

Benson, B., Davidson, W., Duesing, R., & Gilley, K.M.  2010.  “Investor Reactions to Substitution-Based Outsourcing Agreements.”  Journal of Managerial Issues, 22 (3):  410-427.

Gilley, K.M., Robertson, C.J., & Mazur, T.  2010.  “The Bottom Line Benefits of Ethics Code Commitment:  Stakeholder Effects and Influences on Competitive Advantage.”  Business Horizons, 53:  31-37.

Robertson, C.J., Olson, B.J., Gilley, K.M., & Bao, Y.J.  2008.  “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Ethical Orientations and Willingness to Sacrifice Ethical Standards:  China versus Peru.”  Journal of Business Ethics, 81:  413-425.

Robertson, C.J., Gilley, K.M., Crittenden, V., & Crittenden W.F.  2008.  “An Analysis of the Predictors of Software Piracy within Latin America.”  Journal of Business Research, 61:  651-656.

Robertson, C.J., Gilley, K.M., & Crittenden, W.F.  2008.  “Trade Liberalization, Corruption, and Software Piracy.”  Journal of Business Ethics, 78:  623-634.

Connelly, C.E., Gallagher, D.G., & Gilley, K.M.  2007.  “Organizational and Client Commitment among Contracted Employees:  A Replication and Extension with Temporary Workers.”  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70:  326-335.

O’Connor, J.P., Priem, R.L., Coombs, J.E., & Gilley, K.M.  2006.  “Do CEO Stock Options Prevent or Promote Fraudulent Financial Reporting?”  The Academy of Management Journal, 49:  483-500.  Featured in “What’s in the Journals?”, July 31, 2006.

Coombs, J.E., & Gilley, K.M.  2005.  “Stakeholder Management as a Predictor of CEO Compensation:  Main Effects and Interactions with Financial Performance.”  Strategic Management Journal, 26:  827-840.

Rasheed, A., & Gilley, K.M.  2005.  “Outsourcing:  National- and Firm-Level Implications.”  Thunderbird International Business Review, 47(5):  513-528.

Gilley, K.M., McGee, J.E., & Rasheed, A.  2004.  “Environmental Dynamism and Managerial Risk Aversion as Antecedents of Manufacturing Outsourcing:  The Moderating Effects of Firm Maturity.”  Journal of Small Business Management, 42(2):  117-133.

Robertson, C.J., Gilley, K.M., & Street, M.  2004.  “The Relationship Between Ethics and Firm Practices in Russia and the United States.”  Journal of World Business, 38:  375-384.

Gilley, K.M., Greer, C.R., & Rasheed, A.  2004.  “Human Resource Outsourcing and Organizational Performance in Manufacturing Firms.”  Journal of Business Research, 57(3):  232-240.

Gilley, K.M., Walters, B.A., & Olson, B.  2002.  “Top Management Team Risk Taking Propensities and Firm Performance:  Direct and Moderating Effects.”  Journal of Business Strategies, 19(2):  95-114.

Shaffer, M.A., Harrison, D.A., Gilley, K.M., & Luk, D.  2001.  “Struggling for Balance Amid Turbulence: Work, Family, and Identity on International Assignments.” Journal of Management, 27:  99-121.

Gilley, K.M., Worrell, D.L., Davidson, W.N., & El-Jelly, A.  2000.  “Corporate Environmental Initiatives and Anticipated Firm Performance:  The Differential Effects of Process-Driven versus Product-Driven Greening Initiatives.”  Journal of Management, 26:  1199-1216.

Gilley, K.M., & Rasheed, A.  2000.  “Making More by Doing Less:  An Analysis of Outsourcing and its Effects on Firm Performance.”  Journal of Management, 26:  763-790.

Shaffer, M.A., Harrison, D.A., & Gilley, K.M.  1999.  “Dimensions, Determinants, and Differences in Expatriate Adjustment.”  Journal of International Business Studies, 30:  557-581.

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