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Center for Spiritual Capital, College of Business host deans' colloquium

February 22, 2013

The Center for Spiritual Capital in Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Business will host its first-ever colloquium—a special three-day academic seminar bringing together the best and brightest scholarly minds from business schools across the country—Feb. 28 to March 2 in downtown New Orleans. The Loyola Deans’ Colloquium 2013 conference, in partnership with the Academy of Business in Society, will focus on aligning faith-based business school programs in the U.S. and Europe.

The conference will bring together nearly 30 deans from across the country, including deans from Pepperdine University, Seattle Pacific University, Brigham Young University and DePaul University, among others. The colloquium will feature perspectives from global business thought leaders and world-leading academic deans to expand the knowledge horizon in the field of faith-based programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The focus of the conference will be on five major issues faced by faith-based business school programs:

  • Global Trends – current and emerging macro issues influencing faith-based programs in the context of the socio/political/economic landscape, long-term futures and solutions to the crisis in ethics;
  • Emerging Models – strategic innovation for faith-based programs in operational excellence, product leadership, social innovation, entrepreneurship, creating, capturing and distributing value and building lasting values;
  • Strategy – strategic innovation as a result of faith-based programs in scenarios, resilience, stewardship, resources, community involvement, networks and spiritual development;
  • Organizational Capabilities – strategic innovation prompted by faith-based programs in culture, structures, processes, skills, performance and impact assessment; and
  • Capacity Building – innovation driven by faith-based programs in servant leadership, talent, spiritual formation and development, and partnerships with others.

“The attendees hold significant positions in their universities so that they will be heard on the topic of aligning faith-based values with their business programs on their campuses,” said Loyola College of Business Dean William Locander, Ph.D. “The conference is the first of its kind, and we at Loyola New Orleans hope to keep the dialogue on this important topic alive at future conferences.”

Loyola’s Nicholas Capaldi, Ph.D., Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics, who spearheaded the colloquium along with Locander, said this is an opportunity to discuss the relevancy of faith-based universities and business schools.

“Faith taken seriously provides a coherent cultural framework (spiritual capital) for both teaching and research. We plan on looking deeper into business and business leaders, in the context of a larger cultural vision and cultural leaders. As a whole, I think people might be better taught in business schools,” Capaldi said.

The Academy of Business in Society is a global alliance of companies, business schools and academic institutions, committed to integrating business in society issues into the heart of management practice, education and development. Founded in 2002, it has grown beyond its 15 founding partners to more than 130 organizations today, located on all five continents.

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