Background Against the background of moral problems in the economy, business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have become crucial issues. Against the background of moral problems in the economy, business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have become both crucial issues in modern societies and emerging fields in management, the social sciences (including economics), and the humanities. Due to an ongoing process of globalization, along with the lack of transnational regulatory mechanisms, questions of how to avoid “bad” corporate behavior and how to foster “good” business practices have become highly relevant. The debate on business ethics in recent years has clearly shown that corporate responsibility has to take into account an adequate balance between the Scylla of ethical application in business practices and the Charybdis of moral philosophical justification. More precisely, the “ought to be” and the “is” must be brought into fruitful interplay with one another. Consequently, business ethics must be approached interdisciplinarily and integrate management and economics as well as social, cultural, and philosophical perspectives. In order to reach this goal, we suggest new ways of educating PhD students that combine a strong international orientation and excellent research abilities of the students with reflexive, multi-perspective, and practice-oriented teaching methods. The “Transatlantic Doctoral Academy” (TADA) was founded in 2008 and is a unique initiative in the field of business ethics. It has gained an excellent reputation as an innovative doctoral program amongst business ethics scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. In recent years, TADA was able to establish fruitful relationships and cooperation with leading scholars and crucial organizations in our field, such as the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, the European Business Ethics Network in Switzerland and Germany, and the Society for Business Ethics (USA). TADA’s success is also reflected in the next career steps of its TADAlumni.