Dr Sigmund Wagner tsukamoto

Associate Professor

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5327



I joined the former Management Centre at the University of Leicester in 1997. Prior I taught at the University of Oxford Canterbury Christ Church University and the Deutsche Private Finanzakademie Munich. I received a D.Phil. in green consumer studies from the University of Oxford (1996) and a PhD (Dr. rer. pol) in economics and ethics from the Catholic University of Eichstätt (2003). I studied management studies and economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Dipl.-Kfm) the University of Birmingham the University of Oxford and the Catholic University of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt. I am a senior fellow of the HEA (SFHEA) and have been working closely with Japanese institutions: I obtained research fellowships from The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in conjunction with the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) (2013; was appointed as research fellow at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology 2013/2014 and received a scholarship from The Japan Foundation & Business Ethics Research Center Tokyo 2005. As an undergraduate I held a scholarship from the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Germany (1989-1991).


My research is interdisciplinary. It draws on institutional and constitutional economics and discusses questions of organisation management philosophy ethics religion and the history of political and organisational economic thought. It connects to the understanding that economics is grounded in a mutual gains programme and ideals such as the wealth of nations; aiming to steer conventionally seen ethical outcomes in market and in society through intervention with incentive structures. In this way I trace economics as ethics in my research on management and organization on business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and on ethical and religious texts. By doing so I can challenge basic assumptions about the nature of such texts; their key motivations and significance; and how they reflect on modernity and modern ethics. I point towards the emergence however basic of modernity even in ancient text. From this vantage point moral claims can be aligned with institutional and constitutional economic reading strategies. Some of my earlier research includes the anthropological and cognitive study of green environmentally-friendly consumer behaviour.



Ten most recent journal and book publications:

  1. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2022), On the Economic Constitution of Old Testament Religion: A Critique of Buchanan's Understanding of Religious Moral Precepts, Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 36, 1: 50-76.
  2. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2019), In Search of Ethics: From Carroll to Integrative CSR Economics, Social Responsibility Journal 15, 4: 469-491.
  3. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2017[2019]), The Cities of Genesis: Religion, Economics, and the Rise of Modernity, Textual Cultures 11,1-2: 206-245.
  4. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2018), For Humanistic Management and Against Economics, Business and Society Review 123, 3: 458-487.
  5. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2018), Rational Religion: Economic Patterns in Old Testament Thought, Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 32, 1: 130-154.
  6. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2018), Economics, Management Ethics, and Business History: Adam Smith - Then and Now, Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law 7, 1: 120-154.
  7. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2015), The Genesis of Economic Cooperation in the Stories of Joseph: A Constitutional and Institutional Economic Reconstruction, Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 29, 1: 33-54.
  8. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2015), Ethical Principles of Old Testament Economics: Implications for the Teaching of Business Ethics, Journal of Religion and Business Ethics. 3, 1: Article 16.
  9. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2014), The Economics of Paradise. On the Onset of Modernity in Antiquity, Basingstoke, UK and New York: Macmillan (Palgrave Macmillan).
  10. Wagner-Tsukamoto, S. A. (2013), The Adam Smith Problem Revisited: A Methodological Resolution, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines 19, 1: 63-99


• Business ethics CSR and economics • Management studies and religion/theology • Economics and religion; • Organisational economic theory • History of political economic and organisational economic thought • Institutional and constitutional economics and philosophy/ethics • Economic methodology/philosophy of science • ‘Green’ environmentally-friendly consumer behaviour (especially ‘green’ cognitive consumer anthropology) 


BA Management Studies MSc Management MSc International Management MBA

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