Deadline approaching for applications to doctoral program in ethical leadership

Deadline approaching for applications to doctoral program in ethical leadership
January 11, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Jim ludema (2) JAN2011Lisle, Illinois ~ Warren Buffett is the most successful investor of his generation. Unlike the fictional Gordon Gecko, however, Buffett is recognized for conducting business in an ethical, above-board manner.

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it," Buffett is often quoted as saying. "If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

People demand integrity and honesty from their business leaders. The new Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)/Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) in Values-Driven Leadership program at Benedictine University is targeted at organization consultants and senior business executives to prepare them as socially and environmentally responsible leaders for the 21st century.

The  deadline for applications to the three-year program, which is modeled after Benedictine's award-winning Ph.D. Program in Organization Development and focuses on executive leadership development, leading high-performing organizations, sustainable business and leading in today's global political economy, is January 31.

The program is scheduled to launch in April 2011.

 "The program is designed for senior leaders who want to build a successful and sustainable enterprise by aligning social, ethical and environmental performance with their core business strategies," said Jim Ludema, Ph.D., professor of Organization Development and director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership.

Students can choose from one of two tracks: a research-focused Ph.D. degree that concludes with a scholarly dissertation based on original research; or a practice-oriented D.B.A. degree that concludes with an applied dissertation based on the design and implementation of a major change initiative.

"The program connects like-minded peers with the world's best thinkers and the most advanced knowledge to help them elevate their leadership to the next level," Ludema added.

The Ph.D./D.B.A. program is an extension of Benedictine University's Center for Values-Driven Leadership, a dynamic learning alliance in which Benedictine faculty, staff and students collaborate with top universities, corporations, executives, thought leaders and other partners.

Under the direction of Ludema, Gus Gustafson, Ph.D. and Sandra Gill, Dean of the College of Business, the Center for Values-Driven Leadership offers executive education workshops and roundtables and reaches out to top scholars, business executives and the media to highlight innovative and ethical business practices.

The Ph.D./D.B.A. program reflects the University's mission of preparing students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community.

For more information about the Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership, go to http://www.cvdl.org/programs_and_services/phd_program.asp, contact the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at (630) 829-2178 or e-mail info@cvdl.org.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.