Catholic Social Teaching: Addressing Globalization in Catholic Business Education

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James B. Ball, Ph.D.
Zaida Martinez, Ph.D.
Brian Toyne, Ph.D.

Abstract

Although business schools are increasingly aware of the importance of globalization in educating future business leaders, their business programs have addressed globalization from a limited perspective that fails to provide students with a broader understanding of its impact on socieities and its moral consequences. The conventional approach to the teaching of business ethics further exacerbates this problem. In this paper we argue that Catholic Social Teaching (CST) can help address this defi ciency at Catholic colleges and universities. First, we describe the impact of globalization on business education and the limitations of ethical theories taught at business schools. We then explore our thesis that CST is a rich resource for business education that provides a moral foundation for readdressing the limited view of globalization.

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James B. Ball, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University

James Ball is Director of Graduate Studies in Theology, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX.

Zaida Martinez, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University

Zaida Martinez is Professor of International Business, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX.

Brian Toyne, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University

Brian Toyne is Professor Emeritus, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX.