The September issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education features an article titled, "Talking Back: Risks Worth Taking: The Moral Formation of Business Professionals through Jesuit Business Education." In her article, Kathleen McGarvey Hidy, professor at Xavier University, begins by noting that the "moral formation of business professionals in business education can no longer be ignored. Recent history records the devastating economic and societal consequences wrought by unethical behavior perpetrated by and through the activities of business." How does the need for moral formation connect with Jesuit business schools?
Whether Jesuit business school education should undertake the moral formation of its students invites educators to consider two fundamental questions. Is the moral formation of its business students central to a Jesuit business school’s mission? If so, how can this moral formation be achieved?Every Jesuit business school must answer the first question affirmatively – yes, the moral formation of its students is central to its mission. To ignore this question or, worse, to see character-building and ethical training as beyond the province of a Jesuit business school renders the mission statements of the Jesuit universities and their business schools as meaningless words or slogans used on brochures or plaques or even syllabi to create an image or impression of a brand – the Jesuit legacy – without an authentic institutional commitment and plan to deliver on that mission statement.
What does the hoped-for moral education look like? See here for the rest of Professor Hidy's article.
Correction, Oct. 17, 2015: An earlier version of this blog misspelled the name of Prof. Kathleen McGarvey Hidy.