Catholic Social Thought Current State of Implementation at Catholic Business Schools

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Andrew Gustafson
Maggie Knight
Don Lux
Desarae Mueller-Fichepain
Matthew McCarville
Michael Shick

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It would seem that Catholic Social Thought (CST) represents one of the most applicable mission-based teachings to include in a Catholic business school curriculum. Our thesis is that CST is not being well-integrated into business school curricula, that it should be, and that hiring for mission, providing and requiring training, and providing needed incentives for including CST in both scholarship and curricula would help leverage this powerful tool to make a distinctive difference in Catholic business school education. This study used an online survey with follow-up qualitative interviews to determine how CST is currently used in business schools at Catholic universities and colleges; the fi ndings indicate that it is underutilized for many reasons. It appears that Catholic business schools are not providing the support or incentives necessary to bring CST into their business school faculty hiring and promotion practices, curriculum development, or research incentives.

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