MBA 758 - PRINCIPLED ORGANIZATIONS: INTEGRATING FAITH, ETHICS AND WORK
Spring, 2014
Lawrence P. Ulrich, Ph.D.
ulrichlp@udayton.edu
COURSE READING ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULE


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Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Collaborative Writing Project

Threaded Discussions

Web Conferences

Audio Chat Rooms

Resource Readings

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Q & A

DATES TO REMEMBER

BUSINESS ETHICS LIBRARY


COURSE EVALUATION FORM



PLEASE NOTE: MONDAYS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEGINNING OF A WEEK.WHEN A DATE FALLS ON A SUNDAY, IT IS CONSIDERED AS THE END OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK. CONSULT THE RELEVANT WEBPAGE FOR THE SPECIFICS OF THE DESIGNATED ASSIGNMENT.


NOTE ALSO: PERIODICALLY THERE WILL BE SOME MODIFICATIONS ON THIS PAGE  THESE MODIFICATIONS ARE INTENDED TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON ISSUES THAT FREQUENTLY ARISE ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS IN THE CORPORATE WORLD. I WILL NOTIFY YOU WHEN SUCH MODIFICATIONS ARE MADE.


NOTE ALSO:  STUDENTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO READ ALL OF THE MATERIAL LINKED BELOW. THE MORE YOU READ THE MORE YOU WILL LEARN. THE PROFESSOR WILL GIVE FURTHER GUIDANCE ABOUT THE HELPFULNESS OF THE VARIOUS EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOKS. HOPEFULLY, SOME OF THE READINGS MAY EVEN PROMPT YOU TO READ MORE OF THE BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN SINGLED OUT FOR READING.


 

Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate. Encyclical Letter of Benedict XVI on Social Justice. July, 2009

John Paul II, Laborem Exercens. Encyclical Letter of John Paul II on Work. September 1981.

Lackner, Joseph H., Virtues for Mission.

Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths About Leadership: . . . It's Not Just About Winning.

Maxwell, John. Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading.

Moore, Thomas. A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do.

Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics.

 

There will be a total of approximately 450 pages of readings for the 16-week course.


 

 
When Bro. Victor Forlani initiated the design of this course (MBA758), he intended that every class would begin with a few moments of prayer. Of course, that can be accomplished quite easily in the classroom. Since I am now adding to his efforts by teaching the course online, I want to be faithful to his intentions for the course.

In the spirit of encouraging a prayerful/meditative experience, I am adding a short Meditation at the beginning of each week. The Meditations have been written by Thomas Moore (the author of A Life at Work) in 1994. His little book is called Meditations: On the Monk Who Dwells in Daily Life. He was a monk for about 14 years, so many of his Meditations draw on that experience. However, his reflections can apply to anyone, regardless of the individual's "calling."

I have not given the weekly Meditations a title because I do not want to predetermine the way you think about his reflections. Each week has a link to a different Meditation. If you are so inclined (NO REQUIREMENT OR SPECIFIED LENGTH HERE ), I would like you to record your reflections in the appropriate forum on Isidore. I will add my own reflections from time to time to yours. And we can all respond to each other.

A meditative life can cultivate the "soul" (Moore's term).


 

Week 1 (January 13): Values and Their Foundation in Faith.
 

     MEDITATION 1.

 Burns, James MacGregor. "The Power of Values." Transforming Leadership." pages 201-213.

         Slide Show: Values as the Foundation for Virtues (15:35 Min.) [Download without Narration: Values as the Foundation for Virtues.]

Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics. Chapter 1, "His Costly Discipleship," pages 1-31.

Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics. Epilogue, "Christian Formation in the Business School." pages219-223.

 
Bonhoeffer uses, as his foundation for Costly Discipleship --- true Christian commitment --- The "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5:3-12)
3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed at the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake ; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted the prophets which were before you.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 (January 20): Values and Their Foundation in Western Ethical Systems.

 

     MEDITATION 2.

 

IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING - TODAY

 

Martin Luther King Jr. – I have a Dream --- August 28, 1963 [Written Speech]

I have searched and searched for the actual delivery of the speech---I used to be able to find it on youtube but I can't find it any more. The written version is the best I can do. It is still moving even if you can only get access to the speech in the above link.

 

Ethical Systems Essay.

            Ulrich, LP. "Ethical Systems in Business Ethics."

Essays by Mill and Kant.

            Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals. [[Selection]

            JS Mill, Utilitarianism. "What Utilitarianism Is."

                Slide Show: Deontology. (15:56 min.)

[Download without Narration: Deontology]

                Slide Show: Utilitarianism. (16:42 min.)

[Download without Narration: Utilitarianism]

                Slide Show: Virtue Ethics. (16:09 min.)

[Download without Narration: Virtue Ethics]

                Slide Show: Feminist Ethics. (6:06 min.) 

[Download without Narration: Feminist Ethics]

 

Week 3 (January 27): Values and Their Foundation in Eastern Ethical Systems.

 
Since the University of Dayton and its MBA Program is committed to encouraging enrollments by students from China (and perhaps other Asian countries), I think that it is only fitting, in this course, which seeks to explore the value foundations of WORK, to include some familiarity with the rich value foundations of the Eastern hemisphere. In that spirit, I have chosen to include some readings and commentaries from that part of the world. Western philosophy and theology are not the only sources of values that underlie WORK.

 

MEDITATION 3.

 

Buddhism - from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Buddha and the Middle Way - from Voices of Wisdom.

Buddhism - a brief account from buddha studies: Buddha Dharma Education Association and Buddhanet

Buddha - Slide Show

Confucianism - from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Confucius and the Life of Virtue - from Voices of Wisdom.

Taoism - from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Tao - from Voices of Wisdom.

1/28: 9:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 1
2/1: 9:00 a.m. EST Web Conference 2
2/2: Threaded Discussion 1 Begins

Week 4 (February 3): Ethical Principles as Guidance for Acting in a Value Context.

 

      MEDITATION 4.

 

Ethical Principles Essay.

Ulrich, LP. "Ethical Principles in Business  Ethics."

                    Slide Show: Principle of Autonomy. (14:02 Min.)

[Download without Narration: Principle of Autonomy]

                    Slide Show: Principle of Beneficence. (14:28 Min.)

[Download without Narration: Principle of Beneficence]

                    Slide Show: Principle of Justice. (14:15 Min.)

[Download without Narration: Principle of Justice]

                    Slide Show: Principle of Parentalism. (10:08 Min.)

[Download without Narration: Principle of Parentalism. 

"How Should One Live?" - from Voices of Wisdom.

2/7: 7:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 3
2/9: Threaded Discussion 1 Ends

Week 5 (February 10):The Spiritual Foundations for Business as a "Calling."

 

     MEDITATION 5.

 

Moore, Thomas. A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do.

        Chapter 2, "The Calling." pages 12-26.

Chapter 3, "Soul and Spirit." pages 27-45.

         Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics.

Chapter 2, "Ethics" (Sections on "The Four Mandates," "Government," and "Marriage and Labor as Divine Institutions." pages 43-51).

       
2/13: 9:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 4
2/16: Essay 1 Due

 

Week 6 (February 17): Further Explorations into the Spiritual Foundations for Business as a "Calling" and Beginning Explorations into Marianist Spiritual Foundations for Values.

 

MEDITATION 6.

 

 Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics.

Chapter 3, "Discourse on Business Ethics." ("Personal Formation as Business Ethics" and "Business Ethics as Formation.") pages 57-69.

Moore, Thomas. A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do.

Chapter 11, "To Work is to Pray," pages 157-171.

Lackner, Joseph H. Virtues for Mission.

"Introduction." pages 1-10.

2/19: Threaded Discussion 2 Begins

Week 7 (February 24): Marianist Spiritual Foundations for Values. Continuation from Week 6.

 

MEDITATION 7.

 

Lackner, Joseph H. Virtues for Mission.

"Preparation Virtues" pages 11-36.

"Purification Virtues." pages 37-66.

"Consummation Virtues." pages 67-86. 

 

To supplement your understanding of the Marianist Spiritual Foundations and their application to the University of Dayton, you can consult the following documents prepared by The Mission and Identity Task Force of the University of Dayton and published in 2012. The links to these documents will be found by logging on the "porches" website and scrolling down the left column on the master page after you have logged in.
"In the spirit of our Marianist founders, let's continue to work together to sustain and build upon our rich mission and identity." James Fitz, S.M.
"Common Themes in The Mission and Identity of the University of Dayton." (15 pages plus 15 pages of appendices.)
"Sustaining Our Mission and Identity." (15 pages)
"UD Mission and Identity Task Force: Areas of concern and Recommendations." (5 pages)

 

2/24: 9:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 5
2/26: Threaded Discussion 2 Ends

 

Week 8 (March 3): Leadership, Work and Benefit for Others.

MEDITATION 8.

Moore, Thomas. A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do. Chapter 7, "Care of the Soul at Work." pages 96-108.

Maxwell, John. Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. Chapters 2, 6, 8, 11.

 
A SPECIAL BONUS OPTIONAL READING: EVANGELII GAUDIUM ("THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL" by Pope Francis [Given on 24 November 2013]. 85 pages.
Pope Francis issued this Apostolic Exhortation several months ago and it is a most interesting and exciting document. At the end of this course you have some assignment readings from Papal Encyclicals by John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both of which address the issues of "work" and "dignity" from the perspective of "faith." I am not assigning the reading of EVANGELII GAUDIUM, but I do encourage you to read some parts of it. It sets a new tone for the Roman Catholic Church and has some controversial things to say about economics and the distribution of wealth. It is well worth reading, even if you can only read parts of it.

 

 

3/05 - 3/09 MIDTERM BREAK

Week 9 (March 10): The Virtuous Actions of True Leaders.         

MEDITATION 9.

Maxwell, John. Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. Chapters 12, 14, 20, 25.

 

3/10: Threaded Discussion 3 Begins
3/14: 7:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 6
3/16: Essay 2 Due

Week 10 (March 17): Value-Laden Leadership as Work.

MEDITATION 10.

Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths about Leadership: . . . It's not Just about Winning. Chapters 1-5. pages 6-79 [Small pages, fast read.] 

3/13: Threaded Discussion 3 Ends
3/19: Threaded Discussion 4 Begins. - Topic is "On Sustainability"
Halsey, Kevin. "Ecosystem Services - A Framework for Thinking about Sustainability."
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Anticipating the Future?"
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Rethinking Sustainability after the Drought."
Feinberg, Joel. "The Rights of Animals and Unborn Generations." [One page is missing in the middle of the article.]
3/21: 7:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 7

Week 11 (March 24): Value-Laden Leadership as Work Continued.

MEDITATION 11.

Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths about Leadership: . . . It's not Just about Winning. Chapters 6-9, pages 80-144. [Small pages, fast read.]

 

3/25: Threaded Discussion 4 Ends

 

Week 12 (March 31 ): Servant Leadership: General Characteristics.

 

MEDITATION 12.

Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths about Leadership: . . . It's not Just about Winning. Chapters 10-12, pages 144-189. [Small pages, fast read]

 

4/02: LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW WITH "W"
4/06: Collaborative Writing Project Discussion Ends 

 

 

 

Week 13 (April 7): Biblical Foundations of Work as a Dimension of Personal Dignity.

 

MEDITATION 13.  

Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics. Chapter 7, "Business as the Void." Sections on "Business as a Penultimate Pursuit," "The Success Syndrome," and "The Idolization of Success." Pages 146-156.

4/09: 9:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 8
4/10: Threaded Discussion 5 Begins
4/12: 9:00 a.m. EDT Web Conference 9
4/13: Collaborative Writing Project Due

Week 14 (April 14): Biblical Foundations of Work as a Dimension of Personal Dignity.

 

MEDITATION 14.

 

LaboremExercens. Encyclical Letter of John Paul II on Human Work. September, 1981.

"Initial Blessing,"

Section 3 - "The Question of Work, the Key to the Social Question,"

Part II, "Work and Man," Sections 4-10,

Part III, "Conflict Between Labour and capital in the Present Phase of History," Sections 11-12.

Part IV, "Rights of Workers," Section 16 "Within the Broad context of Human Rights," Section 19, "Wages and Other Social Benefits,"

Part IV, Section 22, "The Disabled Person and Work," Section 23 "Work and the Emigration Question."

 

4/15: Threaded Discussion 5 Ends
4/17: Threaded Discussion 6 Begins 
4/24: 7:30 p.m. EDT  Web Conference 10

 

 

 

4/14: PASSOVER BEGINS AT SUNDOWN
4/16 - 4/21: EASTER BREAK

 

 

Week 15 (April 21): The Spirituality of Work and Dimensions of Social Justice in Work for the 21st Century.

 

MEDITATION 15.

 

Caritas in Veritate. Encyclical Letter of Benedict XVI on Social Justice. July, 2009.

         "Introduction,"Sections 1-9,

Chapter One, "The Message of Populorum Progressio," Sections 17-19,

Chapter Two "Human Development in Our Time," Sections 22-25 and 32-33,

Chapter Three, "Fraternity, Economic Development and Civil Society," Sections 34-42.

Chapter Four, "The Development of People, Rights and Duties, The Environment," Sections 43-52,

Chapter Six, "The Development of Peoples and Technology" Sections 68-77,

"Conclusion," Sections 78-79.

 

 

4/22: Threaded Discussion 6 Begins 
4/24: 9:30 p.m. EDT  Web Conference 10
4/25: LAST DAY OF CLASSES
4/27: Threaded Discussion 6 Ends
4/30: Essay 3 Due at Noon

Week 16 (April 28): Exam Week. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO US.

MEDITATION 16.