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April 2022

Easter greetings to the Micah/IBC family! May the Easter season be blessed for you and your family!

About ten years ago Msgr. Dick Liddy asked me to attend a conference about Catholic business school education held at the University of Dayton. I made the journey with three professors from the Stillman School. Over a period of several days, the primary theme discussed was ways in which a Catholic business school can differentiate itself from secular institutions. To my recollection, no answer to that question was ever reached. But, during sessions the need to develop ethically and morally strong leaders focused on the common good was frequently discussed.

I believe the ideas proposed in this month's reading would resonate with the participants at that conference. The essay written by Joseph M. Lozano for the Humanistic Management Journal starts by tracing the evolution from business ethics to business education, and concludes with contributions by Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ. Father Kolvenbach is a credible source as he was Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008, a time when the order was re-assessing their activities and educational mission.

Father Kolvenbach advocates a holistic approach to education that goes beyond curriculum subjects such as business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. His recommendations focus on the kind of personal profile that should be fostered among business students.

Kolvenbach's aim is the development of a leader who is competent, conscious, compassionate, and committed. He proposes pursuit of this ideal with an educational paradigm whose goal is the integration of professional, ethical-social, humanistic, and spiritual dimensions.

Last week I attended a the Toth-Lonergan Lecture by endowed Visiting Professor J. Michael Stebbins. His topic was "What Business is For..." The talk included commentary about various business objectives, e.g., for profit, for stakeholders, for the common good. Today, senior executives are primarily profit oriented. I wonder if that strategy would be different if leaders had had formation based on Father Kolvenbach's educational paradigm.

Wally Kennedy

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