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Notre Dame Faculty Member to Teach Ethical Leadership as International Scholar

By Bisk on October 15, 2012
Notre Dame Faculty Member to Teach Ethical Leadership as International Scholar

A longtime faculty member at the University of Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business will teach ethical leadership theories to college students in South Korea during the 2012-13 school year.

The Rev. Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., will be a visiting professor and international scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, where he will also lecture on global initiatives to utilize commerce as a mechanism to promote peace.

“South Korea will be a great learning experience for me,” said Williams, who has written or edited more than a dozen books and is director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business at Mendoza College.

An associate management professor and business ethics expert, Williams also will teach a course for undergraduates and graduates titled “The United Nations Global Compact: Peace Through Commerce.” The Global Compact seeks to encourage corporate responsibility by encouraging businesses to embrace 10 principles related to the environment, human rights, labor and anti-corruption. The voluntary initiative was launched in 2000 and now has almost 9,000 members worldwide.

The theory of promoting peace via commerce states that, especially in the developing world, businesses can be agents for positive change, including the expansion of human rights and the prevention of conflict.

Williams said South Korea represents a “modern-day miracle,” having replaced the widespread poverty of the post-Korean War period with today’s general prosperity.

“I hope to share some of the lessons and best practices of Global Compact companies with important businesses in the country,” said Williams, who was appointed to the Global Compact Foundation’s board of directors in 2006 and is planning to write a book about corporate social responsibility.

Williams began his teaching career at Notre Dame in the early 1970s, and specializes in Catholic social teaching and corporate governance, in addition to business ethics. In 1983, he joined the faculty at the Mendoza College of Business. The college consistently ranks at or near the top of Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings of the Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the United States.

In addition to traditional degree programs, Mendoza College offers 100% online Executive Certificate programs in Leadership and Management, Negotiation and Business Administration, and an Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management.

Williams has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Notre Dame, and earned his PhD at Vanderbilt University. He is a Catholic priest and former U.S. Navy officer, and was Notre Dame’s associate provost from 1987-94.