In 2015, FASPE will launch a pilot program for MBA students and business executives early in their career who completed their MBA in 2013 or 2014.

FASPE Business will be an intensive two week fellowship program that examines the moral responsibilities and professional duties of business leaders in extreme as well as more routine situations. The Business Fellows will study historical, philosophical, theological, and cultural texts related to Nazism and the Holocaust, building the context for discussions of contemporary ethical issues and leadership skills.

During the program, Fellows will participate in workshops led by business school faculty and hear guest lectures from leading scholars.   The following items outline the thematic framework of FASPE:

  • Study of corporations and individual business leaders and the roles they played during the Holocaust, and the formation of the corporate culture under National Socialism.
  • Consideration of broader issues, such as the ethical challenges of ambition in professional development; corporate compliance vs. ethical behavior; and to whom do companies owe their loyalty: stockholders, customers, employees, nations, or others.
  • Examination of contemporary ethical issues facing the business leaders through the lens of relevant history.

The FASPE Business curriculum is being developed with assistance from Mary Gentile, Director of Giving Voice to Values and a Senior Research Scholar at Babson College, and Peter Hayes, the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University.

The goal of FASPE is to provide students and executives early in their careers, through the exploration of these issues and visits to Holocaust sites, with new insights that will help them tackle problems of moral reasoning in their careers.  FASPE seeks to strengthen the leadership abilities of those who will be in senior positions of global corporations in the future.

 

 

 
 
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