King’s Paper on Business Ethics Recognized at International Conference

Father John Ryan, President of King's College

A research paper on undergraduate business ethics instruction co-written Rev. John Ryan, C.S.C., president of King’s College, was presented and recognized at the Academy of Management conference recently in Orlando.

The paper was co-written by Fr. Ryan, former dean of the College’s McGowan School of Business; Dr. Joan M. Blewitt, assistant professor of business administration; and J. C. Blewitt, a 2007 graduate of King’s.

The AOM conference is the premier international management conference involving about 9,000 participants from 88 countries. The King’s paper, “Business Forums Pave the Way to Ethical Decision Making: the Mediating Role of Moral Courage and Religious Mission,” was awarded a best paper distinction, which given to fewer than 5 percent of all presentations.

The paper was written in response to critics that claim that the current curriculum of business schools does not appropriately emphasize the concepts of responsibility, accountability, and ethical conduct. The paper advances the idea that participation in a business forum at a Catholic institution provides students with the opportunity to develop mentorship relationships which ultimately lead to a greater propensity towards ethical decision making in the real world.

Read more about the paper and the research behind it on King’s website.

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