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


WHY TAKE THIS COURSE IN THIS WAY?

 

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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

DATES TO REMEMBER

BUSINESS ETHICS LIBRARY


COURSE EVALUATION FORM



 

NOTE: 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 THAT 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

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 12 week course.

PLEASE NOTE
ALL WEEKS ARE DESIGNATED AS BEGINNING ON MONDAY.

 
WEEKLY MEDITATIONS
 
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 (May 12): 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.

     

Week 2 (May 19): Values and Their Foundation in Ethics.

 

     MEDITATION 2.

 

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

    Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book 1, Chapter 13.

     Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book  2.

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

     JS Mill, Utilitarianism. "What Utilitarianism Is."
                Kant on Lying [Slides].

Slide Show: Deontology. (15:56 min.) [Download without Narration: Deontology]

        Slide Show: Utilitarianism. (16:42 min.) [Download without Narration: Utilitarianism]

        Slide Show: Virtue Ethics. (14:52.) [Download without Narration: Virtue Ethics]

        Slide Show: Feminist Ethics. (6:06 min.) [Download without Narration: Feminist Ethics]

     Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics. Chapter 4, "Beyond Bentham and Kant." pages 87-101.

 

TD1: Dates: 5/22-5/29
WC1 Date: 5/24 - 9:00-10:30 a.m. - SATURDAY MORNING

 

 Week 3 (May 26): Ethical Principles as Guidance for Acting in a Value Context. [MAY 26 = HOLIDAY]

 

      MEDITATION 3.

  

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

     Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book 1, Chapter 13. (Same as Week 2)

     Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book  2. (Same as Week 2)

Slide Show: Principle of Autonomy. (11:48 Min.) [Download without Narration: Principle of Autonomy]

        Slide Show: Principle of Beneficence. (13:33 Min.) [Download without Narration: Principle of Beneficence]

        Slide Show: Principle of Justice. (18:40 Min.) [Download without Narration: Principle of Justice]

        Slide Show: Principle of Parentalism. (13:36 Min.) [Download without Narration: Principle of Parentalism]

 

 

 WC2 Date: 5/31 - 9:00-10:30 a.m. - SATURDAY MORN ING
 

 

Week 4 (June 2): The Spiritual Foundations for Business as a Calling.

 

     MEDITATION 4.

 

     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.

     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.

 

A FEW READINGS TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS
 

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.

 

  
TD2: Dates: 6/4-6/11 

Week 5 (June 09): Work and Prayer. Marianist Spiritual Foundations for Values.

MEDITATION 5.

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. "Preparation Virtues" pages 11-36.


 WC3 Date: 6/9 - 9:30-11:00 p.m.
Short Essay 1 : Due Date --- Sunday, June 15

Week 6 (June 16): Marianist Spiritual Foundations for Values. Continuation from Week 5.

MEDITATION 6.  

     Lackner, Joseph H. Virtues for Mission. "Purification Virtues." pages 37-66. "Consummation Virtues." pages 67-86.

     
WC4: Date: 6/17 - 9:30-11:00 p.m.

 

Week 7 (June 23): Leadership, Work and Benefit for Others.

 

MEDITATION 7.                               

 

     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, 12, 14, 20 and 25. [Small pages, fast reading.]    
TD3: Dates: 6/23-6/29

     

 
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.

 

Week 8 (June 30): The Virtuous Actions of True Leaders. [July 4 = Holiday]

 

MEDITATION 8.

 

      Maxwell, John. Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. Chapters 2, 6, 8,  12, 14,  20 and 25. [Continued.]

      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.

 

TD4: Dates: 7/1-7/7
WC5; Date: 7/2 - 9:30-11:00 p.m.

 

  Week 9 (July 07): Value-Laden Leadership as Work.

 

MEDITATION 9.

 

     Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths about Leadership: . . . It's not Just about Winning. Chapters 6-11, pages 80-180. [Small pages, fast read.]
   

 

TD5: Dates: 7/8 - 7/15
WC6 Date: 7/9 - 9:30-11:00 p.m.
Short Essays 2: Due Date: Thursday, July 10
Collaborative Writing Project: July 13 - Conclusion of Discussion prior to producing Final Report

    

Week 10 (July 14): Biblical Foundations of Work as a Dimension of Personal Dignity.

MEDITATION 10.

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

 
TD6: Dates: 7/17-7/23
Collaborative Writing Project: July 20 - Final Report Due

 

Week 11 (July 21): The Spirituality of Work.

 

MEDITATION 11.

 

     LaboremExercens. Encyclical Letter of John Paul II on Human Work. September, 1981. Part V. Elements for a Spirituality of Work, Sections 24-27.

 

 
WC7 Date: 7/21 - 9:30-11:00 p.m.
 WC8 Date: 7/26 - 9:00-10:30 a.m. SATURDAY MORN ING
Short Essays 3: Due Date: Sunday, July 27 at NOON! 

 

Week 12 (July 28): Dimensions of Social Justice in Work for the 21st Century.

 

MEDITATION 12.

 

     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.