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ND Ethics Week 2014: Viewing business as a ministry

by Carol Elliott

February 3, 2014

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Notre Dame Ethics Week 2014, sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, will focus on “Management as a Ministry” during a series of talks held Feb. 10-13.

The annual series, which examines the beliefs, behaviors and best practices of ethical executives, will include a range of topics from the influence of faith and values on leadership roles, to a research perspective of why individuals aren’t as ethical as they think.

For the first time, Ethics Week 2014 will include a case competition for Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students from across campus. The Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition—sponsored by the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, BP oil and gas company, and the University of Illinois—challenges teams to create and present innovative solutions to a sustainability case.

“This first-of-its-kind event offers a few key twists and enhancements on the typical case competition model,” said Adam Kronk, program director for the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership. “By making the teams interdisciplinary, we create collaboration between members of different colleges like business, law and science, and take advantage of the different ways of approaching a problem. In the same spirit, the case itself encourages wide-ranging thinking—beyond just the ‘numbers’—about the environmental and societal ramifications of working in emerging markets. Ethical considerations are embedded within the scenario, which is the ideal way to learn."

The talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Giovanini Commons located in the Mendoza College’s lower level, with the exception of the Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition, which will take place in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium.

The schedule of events is as follows:

·        Feb. 10: “From Career to Calling: The Vocation of the Christian Business Leader;” Ken Goodpaster, David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, University of Saint Thomas, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

·        Feb. 11: “Servant Leadership;” Drew Buscareno, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

·        Feb. 12: “Ethical Blind Spots;” Ann Tenbrunsel, Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics and the Director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, Mendoza College of Business; 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

·        Feb. 13: Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition; sponsored by the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethics Leadership, BP and the University of Illinois, 4:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, Ethics Week was established to encourage the discussion of ethical matters in undergraduate and graduate business classes at Notre Dame and to secure a foundation for future discussions inside and outside the classroom.

The annual series takes place in February, and brings in experts from a diverse array of industries to explore current ethics issues. Ethics Week is funded in part by the Garry Family Ethics Initiative. The event continues the legacy of John Houck, a Notre Dame management professor who authored numerous works on business ethics, including “Is the Good Corporation Dead?” Houck died in 1996.

For more information about Notre Dame Ethics Week 2014, contact Brian Levey, teaching professor, at (574) 631-3560 or blevey@nd.edu.