Most of the contemporary research regarding ethical leadership takes a macro-focus on the organization itself and how its operations impact society. There is far less scholarship that zeroes in on the individual within a company, considering questions such as how character affects decision making and, in turn, how that translates into ethical leadership.
Thanks to a major gift from Deloitte—a leading professional services organization with more than 50,000 professionals in the United States—a new academic center at the Mendoza College of Business will take up the study of the role and impact of individual ethics in business leadership.
The goal of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership will be to develop research on character ethics that has practical application in the broader business community.
The Center will host conferences and workshops, and develop a network of professionals and scholars interested in the study of ethical leadership.
Barry Salzberg, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP, noted Notre Dame’s long-standing reputation and eminence in the area of character ethics and its alignment with Deloitte’s deep-rooted commitment to ethics and integrity as a key factor in the decision to collaborate with Notre Dame on this venture.
The Deloitte Center complements the College’s mission to Ask More of Business™ through individual integrity, effective organizational systems and corporate conduct that enhances society’s well-being.