Details for Brennan School of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate

Institution is part of

Dominican University


River Forest, Illinois, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

13 Apr 2009

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

24 Sep 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

Sharing Information on Progress 2018 Report - View Report

Period Covered: Jul 2016 to Jun 2018

The Brennan School of Business Sharing Information on Progress covers the period July 2016 through June 2018. The SIP emphasizes the new Brennan School Vision Statement that commitments the Brennan School to creating sustainable value through responsible and ethical business education.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Dominican University’s mission is “to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.” These values not only anchor our curriculum but also serve as integrating themes across all courses and program in the Brennan School of Business. Indeed, the mission statement of the Brennan School is to provide “ethics-centered management education for students who are either entering business professions or continuing their professional development.”

Our goal is to develop business leaders (at undergraduate and graduate levels) to have impact with integrity. To this end, we ask students to deal with increasingly complex ethical and corporate social responsibility issues as they progress through their business program. For example, in the International Business course, which is required of all undergraduates, students are challenged to understand the ethical, stakeholder and corporate social responsibility decisions made by Shell in Nigeria. At the MBA and level, students are asked to explore issues of competitive strategy within a framework of corporate social responsibility – and, indeed, virtually every management course in the Brennan School’s curriculum explores at least one relevant issue in ethics. Increasingly, we are broadening our focus to include issues of sustainability and global poverty.

Supportive of our mission we have done the following this 2008-2009 academic year:

• Founded a Center for Global Peace though Commerce. The Center’s mission is to create globally-conscious leaders whose work can promote peace through relevant business solutions. Through a variety of programs and activities, the Center engages students, educators and the local business community in the discussion of business creation as a way to bring stability and economic vitality to areas of the world experiencing conflict.
• Supported a year-long public lecture series on sustainability coordinated by the University’s Sienna Center.
• Held our fourth “Ethics and Leadership Lecture” – which featured Ms. Mary Schapiro, who is now Chair of the SEC, and focused on the future of financial regulation.
• Hosted our second “Entrepreneur’s Breakfast,” which honored an entrepreneur whose commitment to corporate social responsibility has had a dramatic impact on his local business community.
• Explored social entrepreneurship during a special “Mission Panel” at our third “Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp.”
• Sponsored our fourth “Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance,” which focused on governance-related issues associated with the impact of the global financial crisis.

During the next 2009-2010 academic year, we intend to:
• More explicitly, more intentionally integrate PRME within the Brennan School curriculum.
• Hold a half-day symposium on the theme of “The Power of Commerce for Social Good.”
• Develop an international student residency experience in a country with an emerging market economy with a focus on social entrepreneurship and responsible business behavior
• Continue our annual values-focused events:
o Fall – 5th “Ethics and Leadership Lecture”
o Spring – 3rd “Entrepreneur’s Breakfast” and 5th “Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance.”

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Following from our mission (outlined above), this academic year 2008-2009, Brennan School faculty have:

• Published an international business ethics case dealing with corporate social responsibility.
• Outlined an international business curriculum that more closely aligned poverty issues with management education in Colombia.
• Conducted and disseminated research, under the sponsorship of CEEMAN (Central and Eastern European Management Association), on management educators’ views of corporate social responsibility and global poverty.
• Conducted and disseminated research on the relative efficacy of various methods of controlling carbon emissions utilizing global data sets.

During the next 2009-2010 academic year, Brennan School faculty have proposed research that includes
• Expanding research into management faculty views of global poverty.
• Beginning a multi-year study of corporate social responsibility actions in Sudan.

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