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Oliver F. Williams C.S.C.

Associate Professor

BIO

Oliver Williams, C.S.C. specializes in the areas of business ethics, corporate governance, and Catholic social teaching. Williams is the editor or author of 15 books as well as numerous articles on business ethics in journals. He is the Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. A former Naval Officer, Williams earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Notre Dame. He is a Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He served as Associate Provost of the University of Notre Dame from 1987-94 and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 8,000 businesses around the world as members.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

EDUCATION

TEACHING

  • Spirituality of Work
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • Business Ethics (Korea)
  • The Firm in Society (Korea)
  • Ethics in Business (Korea)
  • Introduction to Business Ethics

HOMEPAGE

PUBLICATIONS

"CSR: Will It Change the World?" To appear in Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 22.

"The United Nations Global Compact: What Did It Promise?" To appear in Journal of Business Ethics, 25.

"Advancing Human Rights in Developing Countries: A Voluntary Opportunity or a Moral Obligation for Business?"  Peace Forum, 28, December, 2012, 1-21.

"The Business Leader of the 21st Century: Catholic Social Teaching as a Moral Compass,"  Journal of the Labor-Pastoral Council, Archdiocese of Seoul, November, 2012, 28-48.

"Is It Possible to Have a Business Based on Solidarity and Mutual Trust? The Challenge of Catholic Social Teaching to Capitalism and the Promise of Southwest Airlines,"  Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 9, December1, 2011, 1-11.

"The Global Marketplace and the Common Good: Some Reflections,"  The 2010-2011 University of Notre Dame Forum, September, 2010, 2.

"Civilizing the Economy and Catholic Social Teaching,"  ASK MORE OF BUSINESS, May, 2010, 2.

"Peace Through Commerce: Business as a Vocation,"  ASK MORE OF BUSINESS, December17, 2009.

"Peace Through Commerce: The New Role For Business,"  ASK MORE OF BUSINESS, December4, 2009.

"The Catholic Church in Africa,"  Catholic News Service, May10, 2009, 2.

"Recasting the Bottom Line: The Role of the Principles for Responsible Management Education in Educating for Capitalism in the 21st Century,"  Praxis: Journal for Christian Business Leadership, 17, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)30, 2009, 5-10.

Book Articles and Chapters

Catholic Social Teaching: Some Implications for Business Leadership, Business Ethics: Wiley's Encyclopedia of Management ().

The United Nations Global Compact, Business Ethics, Wiley's Encyclopedia of Management ().

Business in Society: A Changing Role, Handbook of Spirituality and Business/Palgrave; ed. Laszlo Zsolnai (December2011).

Books

Sustainable Developement: The U.N. Millennium Development Goals, The U.N. Global Compact and The Common Good, University of Notre Dame Press ().

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Business in Sustainable Development, Routledge (December2013).

Peace Through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the UN Global Compact, University of Notre Dame Press (September2008).

PRESENTATIONS

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, King's College, Wilkes Barre, PA, "The Distinctive Vocation of Business Education in Catholic Colleges and Universities," (October04, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The Global Collaborative Global Dialogue Series, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea, "A Dialogue on Peace Through Commerce," (July16, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The Next Society Forum, Next Society, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul, Korea, "A Creative Economy in a Global Perspective: Some Ethical Reflections," (June26, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Sogang University, Faculty of Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, "Teaching Business Ethics: The Challenge and the Promise," (June18, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The University of Cape Town, The Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa, "The Purpose of Business: A Work in Progress," (May17, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Radio Interview, TBS eFM's "This Morning" radio show, Seoul, Korea, "Korean Business and CSR," (May14, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Conference, Handong Global University, Pohang, Korea, "Peace Through Commerce," (May03, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The Graduate Institute of Peace (GIP), Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, "Peace Through Commerce: The Possibilities," (April10, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Diamond Jubilee Lecture, University of St. La Salle, Bacalod City, Philippines, "Peace Through Commerce: The Global Corporate Role in Promoting More Peaceful Societies," (February12, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., De La Salle University, Faculty, Manila, Philippines, "Research in Business Ethics: Catholic Social Teaching and CSR," (February08, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, "Business for the Common Good: The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Principles for Responsibile Management Education (PRME)," (February07, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The Asian Institute of Management (AIM), AIM, Makati, Manila, Philippines, "Corporate Social Responsibility," (February05, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., De La Salle University, Master's Students, Manila, Philippines, "The Business Leader of the 21st Century: Catholic Social Teaching As A Moral Compass," (January31, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., De La Salle University, Philippine Academy of Maagement, Manila, Philippines, "Responsible Corporate Citizenship: A Research Perspective," (January30, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., , Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Tower Club, Makati, Manila "Sustainable Development: The Challenge for Business," (January30, 2013).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Ford Family Program on Human Development Studies, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, "Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights," (October27, 2010).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Global Collaborative and Global Governance, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, "The United Nations Global Compact: Strengths and Weaknesses," (July 2010).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Korean Local Network of Companies of the UN Global Compact, Korean Local Network of the UN Global Compact, Seoul, South Korea, "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: The Challenge for Business," (July27, 2010).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Heart to Heart, Korea's Global TV, ARIRANG, Seoul, South Korea, "30 Minute TV Interview on UN Global Compact," (July13, 2010).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Human Resource Managers of South Korea, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, "What is the Social Responsibility of Business?" (July8, 2010).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia, University of Notre Dame Alumni Assoication, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA, "Recent Catholic Social Thought, The Challenge and the Promise," (December16, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Net Impact Annual Meeting, Net Impact, Cornell Universilty, Ithica, New Yotk, "The Vision of the UN Global Compact," (November14, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Club of 20 Presidents, Club of 20 Presidents, Elcona Country Club, Elkhart, Indiana, "Ethics and the Financial Crisis," (September25, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Mendoza College of Business, Univ of Notre Dame, Sophomore Orientation, Washington Hall, Notre Dame, "The Un Global Compact and Net Impact," (August24, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., University of Cape Town Faculty Seminar, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa, "The Role of the Principles for Responsible Management Education(PRME)," (August4, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Nelson Mandela University, College of Business, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, "Ethics for Business in the 21st Century," (June11, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., The World Civic Forum, United Nations, Seoul, South Korea, "Educating for Capitalism in the 21st Century: The Role of the Principles for Responsible Management Education(PRME)," (May7, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Can Shareholder Interests and Society's Interests Be Aligned?, UN, Millennium UN Plaza, New York City, "The Role of the UN Global Compact," (April27, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Patrick E Murphy, , Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne, University of Notre Dame Alumni Club, Fort Wayne, Indiana, "Business Ethics in the 21st Century," (March23, 2009).

Oliver F Williams, C.S.C., Dominican University Series on Globalization, Sustainabliity and U.S., Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, "Recasting the Bottom Line," (March19, 2009).