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Hesburgh Lecture Series: Can You Do Well While Doing Good?

Can You Do Well While Doing Good?

Presented by Fr. Oliver Williams, CSC, PhD

Today, many believe that business ethics is an oxymoron. Following the spirit of the famous line, “an ambassador is an honest man lying abroad for the good of his country,” some business leaders conduct their operations as if the bottom line is the only concern. Is it possible to do well while doing good? Discussing many examples such as 3M, Sumitomo, and Novartis, the lecture discusses how it is possible to outline a way for a business manager to exhibit superior performance in business and yet be a model of virtue and ethical values.

Fr. Oliver Williams, CSC, PhD, ‘61, ‘69 MA

Associate Professor, Management; Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Director, Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business 

Oliver Williams is a faculty member of the Mendoza College of Business and is director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. Williams is the editor or author of 20 books as well as numerous articles on business ethics in journals. He served as an associate provost of the University of Notre Dame and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. He has served as a visiting professor in the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in Africa and Kyung Hee University in Korea. He is an ordained priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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