Arrupe Center for Business Ethics Fellows Continue Learning
Faculty Adding Ethics Component to Courses
Whether it’s Coca-Cola changing its production process to use less water or Hershey’s launching programs to encourage responsible cocoa sourcing in Western Africa, the emergence of the triple bottom line of “planet, people and profits” has caused a seismic shift in the way companies conduct their business. The reverberations of such a paradigm shift have resonated at the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics in the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University.
Through its Fellows program, which facilitates faculty infusing ethics into their courses, the Arrupe Center is refocusing business education to address the growing need for ethical business leaders who can carry the movement forward.
Many SJU students and alumni now consider a company’s approach to the triple bottom line when seeking employment. By further integrating ethics into their courses, faculty meet the needs of students and students meet the needs of prospective employers.
“We’re operationalizing Jesuit values,” said David S. Steingard, Ph.D., associate professor of management and the center’s interim director this past academic year. “The most effective way to change the culture of a business school and develop faculty is to provide faculty opportunity to integrate ethics into their curriculum. We’re helping faculty put Haub School values into action as a direct way to demonstrate who we are and what we represent.”
Founded in 2005 with a leadership gift from Frank Trainer ’68 and his wife Jeanne, the Arrupe Center helps faculty provide students with substantive and consistent exposure to discussions of ethics in the curriculum. The eventual goal is to develop a foundation to help students make ethical decisions, especially in leadership positions, and enter their careers striving to make a positive impact in their communities, work-place and the world. Celebrating its first decade this spring, the Center strives to create this foundation through benefactor-funded lectures on topics like impact investing, sustainable investing, environmental sustainability and fair wages, student ethics competitions and student organizations like Net Impact, KIVA and “The Crimson Financier” (Fall 2015, Spring 2016 editions).
“By integrating ethics, the faculty makes a significant impression on the students that changes their thinking and values.” — Mark Lang, Ph.D.
“Ethics is becoming more and more of an issue. It’s the new reality,” said assistant professor of food marketing and grant recipient Mark Lang, Ph.D. “Before our students are in the midst of an ethical situation as professionals, they must have a proper introduction and they are getting that before they leave. By integrating ethics, the faculty makes a significant impression on the students that changes their thinking and values.”
The most popular fellowships fall into three categories: professional development, teaching and research. To date, 70 percent of HSB faculty has engaged in at least one fellowship. The majority of fellows have embarked upon more than one. This past academic year, 27 fellowships were awarded.
Faculty members earn professional development fellowships to attend conferences, such as assistant management professor Kenneth Kury, Ph.D., who has received the most fellowships and utilized grants to attend two entrepreneurship conferences; marketing faculty members George Sillup, Ph.D. and Diane Phillips, Ph.D. attended a conference on climate change.
Teaching fellows earn grants to enhance a course. Marketing assistant professor Stephanie Tryce, J.D. used hers to study the ethical tipping point of corporate sports sponsors. Decision and System Sciences Professor Richard Herschel, Ph.D. used his to develop the teaching plan for the writing intensive course, “Ethical Issues and Information Technology,” which evaluates the ethical issues confronting business and society as a result of the pervasive use of information and telecommunications technologies.
Research fellows receive grants to support their scholarship, such as launching a study or developing a manuscript. Regina Robson, J.D., associate professor of management, delved into the research paper “Corporate Horcruxes: The Splintering of Corporate Personality and the Implications for Corporate Social Responsibility.”
“The fellowships are a way to provide resources for faculty to fulfill the mission of the business school,” said associate professor of marketing Brent Smith, Ph.D., the center’s acting associate director for the 2015-16 academic year. “Jesuits are known for a critical curiosity and asking questions of self and society. We want to nurture that mentality and help faculty move past the black and white and explore the grays.”
– By Kevin Kaufman
A student-edited academic journal launched in fall 2015, the Crimson Financier provides a platform for SJU students and faculty to publish about the latest news and trends in the financial industry and connects them to Ignatian values. With support from Arrupe fellows, Finance graduates Joseph Wutkowski ’16, who is now an analyst for the real estate investment banking company Eastdil Secured in Boston, and Lisa Aquino ’16, a flagship client service specialist at Vanguard, co-founded the Crimson Financier. Assistant finance professor Carolin Schellhorn, Ph.D., served as the faculty advisor. An outgrowth of the SJU Finance Society, the publication has published twice. The inaugural issue covered impact investing; the second focused on companies practicing impact investing and the effect on their triple bottom lines.
From the Office Suite to the Prison Cell
Presentation by Walt Pavio
October 25, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center
Sustainability in the International Arena
IBU/MGT Student Project Competition
December 1, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall
For more information or to register, contact Kimberlee Nagasarsingh at email@example.com or 610-660-1142.