New doctoral program designed to equip ethical leaders for success

New doctoral program designed to equip ethical leaders for success
July 28, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

7282010_jimludema2jpgPeople demand honesty, integrity and concern for the people they represent and the place they live from their political leaders. As the recent BP oil spill its long-term ramifications demonstrate, people expect those same qualities in 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 an innovative program targeted at organization consultants and senior business executives to prepare them as socially and environmentally responsible leaders for the 21st century.

The three-year program, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011, 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.

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 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.

“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.

“I am very excited about this program,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., President of Benedictine University. “The world is calling for socially responsible, environmentally-conscious, values-driven business leadership. This program parallels our values as a University and a community.”

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


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.