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Brenkert Presents at Business Ethics Conference for Catholic School Deans

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George Brenkert, professor emeritus of business ethics at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, recently presented “We Have Seen this Movie Before: But Can We Change its Ending?” at the 2014 Business Ethics Conference for Deans of Catholic Schools of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Brenkert presented lessons learned during several decades of business ethics scandals and the business ethics movement, with the intention to forestall easy solutions to business ethics problems and to challenge participants to dig deeper and more wisely into how one confronts these problems. He called for business schools to involve the pedagogy of business ethics in other core areas of business, the culture of business schools, and outreach to business and the community.

Business school deans from 23 Catholic universities were in attendance for the three-day event, which was spurred by the implications of the 2008 financial meltdown and guided by Pope Benedict’s call for financiers to “rediscover the genuine ethical foundation” of their work. The conference explored ways to better prepare graduates from Catholic business schools for the ethical challenges they will encounter in the workplace.