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


 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE IN THIS WAY?

 

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Syllabus & Requirements

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Course Outline & Schedule

Course Reading Assignments & Schedule

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Collaborative Writing Project

Threaded Discussions

Web Conferences

Audio Chat Rooms

Resource Readings

Links

Q & A

ESSAY 3 ALTERNATIVE - "PERSONAL CREDO"

DATES TO REMEMBER

BUSINESS ETHICS LIBRARY

BLOGS

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 MAY 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. 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

Maxwell, John. Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. 2008.

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.

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.

 

Recommended Reading: Kay, Katty and Shipman, Claire. The Confidence Code. New York: Harper Business, 2014. (203 pages.)


 

 
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 (August [25] 27): 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 (September 1): Values and Their Foundation in Western Ethical Systems.

 

     MEDITATION 2.

 

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 (September 8): 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.

9/09 9:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 1
9/13: 9:00 a.m. EDT Web Conference 2
9/14: Threaded Discussion 1 Begins

Week 4 (September 15): 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.

 

Ethics and the Law. This is a way of thinking about the way Ethics and the Law intertwine in society and how one may lead to a modification of the other. There are four examples of profound Bioethical cases from the end of the 20th century.

 

Roberts Court Decision on Obamacare, 2012.

9/17:[Last Day to Withdraw without Record]
 
9/21: Threaded Discussion 1 Ends

Week 5 (September 22):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).

       
9/24: 9:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 3
9/28: Essay 1 Due

 

Week 6 (September 29): 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.

9/30: Threaded Discussion 2 Begins

Week 7 (October 10/6): Marianist Spiritual Foundations for Values. Continuation from Week 6.

 

MEDITATION 7.

 

Lackner, Joseph H. Virtues for Mission. [Fr. Lackner died during the Spring term of 2013. He was a highly valued member of the Marianists who sponsor the University of Dayton. If you are so inclined, a prayer for the repose of his soul might be appropriate at this time.]

"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)

 

10/07: Threaded Discussion 2 Ends

 

 
10/09 - 10/10 MIDTERM BREAK

 

Week 8 (October 13): 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.

 
10/13: 7:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 4

 

Week 9 (October 20): 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.

 

10/21: Threaded Discussion 3 Begins
10/24: 7:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 5

Week 10 (October 27): 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.] 

10/28 Threaded Discussion 3 Ends
10/29: 9:30 p.m. EDT Web Conference 6

Week 11 (Novenber 3): 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.]

 

11/04: Essay 2 Due
11/08: 9:00 a.m. EDT Web Conference 7

 

Week 12 (November 10): 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.]

 

11/10 [Last Day to Drop with "W".]

11/10: 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.]
11/16 Collaborative Writing Project Discussion Ends

Week 13 (November 17): 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.

11/17:  Threaded Discussion 4 Ends
11/18: 9:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 8
11/19: Threaded Discussion 5 Begins
11/21: 7:30 p.m. EST Web Conference 9
11/23: Collaborative Writing Project Ends. Final Report Due

Week 14 (November 24): 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."

 

11/25: Threaded Discussion 5 Ends

11/26 - 11/30: THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

Week 15 (December 01): The Spirituality of Work.

 

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.

 
12/01: Threaded Discussion 6 Begins
12/07: Threaded Discussion 6 Ends

 

 


 

Week 16 (December 09): Dimensions of Social Justice in Work for the 21st Century.

MEDITATION 16.

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

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.

12/09: 9:30 p.m. EST  Web Conference 10
12/11: Essay 3 Due

Week 17 (December 15): Exam Week --- THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO US.