2008
Center promotes integrity, social responsibility among business leaders

Center promotes integrity, social responsibility among business leaders
August 4, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Honesty. Integrity. Stewardship of the environment. Concern for their constituents. These are qualities people not only expect from their political leaders, but from their business leaders as well. Business leaders like David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and James Burke of Johnson & Johnson are admired not only for their capacity to build great enterprises, but for their commitment to integrity and service to society. Packard and Burke were innovators and entrepreneurs who harnessed opportunities to win in the marketplace but also led from a deep sense of purpose and a profound commitment to their core values – values like honesty, integrity, discipline, stewardship, dedication to customers, care for people and social responsibility. Today, there are hundreds of leaders and corporations – such as John Deere, McDonald’s, Motorola, Intel, Interface, Steelcase, Tellabs, Dell, Herman Miller and many others – who share these values-based commitments. They are fiercely competitive and focused on excelling in the marketplace, but they also believe that corporations exist for a higher purpose. To both study and develop this new breed of business leader, Benedictine University has established the Center for Values-Driven Leadership. The Center is designed as a dynamic learning alliance in which Benedictine faculty, staff and students will collaborate with top universities, corporations, executives, thought leaders and other partners. “Our vision is to make the Center one of the world’s leading providers of practitioner-oriented research and education on values-driven leadership, sustainable business and corporate social responsibility,” said Sandra Gill, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Benedictine University. Under the direction of Gill and Jim Ludema, Ph.D., professor of Organization Development, the Center for Values-Driven Leadership will offer M.B.A. concentrations, executive education workshops and roundtables; establish a leadership research fund; and reach out to top scholars, business executives and the media to highlight innovative and ethical business practices. The Center will also establish an interactive Web presence that will provide access to the Center’s programs and research output. It will include teaching cases and multimedia materials on values-driven leadership and sustainable business that can be used by leaders in corporations or for undergraduate, graduate and executive education curricula. A three-year, state-of-the-art Ph.D. Program in Values-Driven Leadership for senior executives, modeled after Benedictine’s award-winning Ph.D. Program in Organization Development, is expected to debut in Fall 2011. The program will focus on executive leadership development, leading high-performing organizations, sustainable business and leading in today’s global political economy. “I am very excited about the Center and its potential for making a significant and enduring impact on a global scale in the areas of sustainability, social responsibility and values-driven leadership,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “The world is calling for this kind of business leadership, and there’s no better place to study it and develop it than at Benedictine University,” he added. “The Center and its mission are fully congruent with our Catholic heritage and offer a bold, new and timely expression of our core Benedictine values.”

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.