MISSION & VALUES
The Chair's mission is to encourage integrity among people at work.
- Centrality of the Person: Respect for the individual and for the development of his or her integrity in the wholeness of his or her being;
- Responsibility: awareness of corporate strategies and their consequences, and engagement in the service of the common good;
- Integral Nature of Ethics: personal health and quality of life; economic value, honesty and social justice; ecological consciousness and practice; growth of the human spirit;
- Scientific Rigor: debate, discuss and test hypotheses with scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative;
- Pragmatism: create tools and develop durable skills within individuals as a means of transforming management and leadership practices.
Applied and Leading-Edge Research
In light of the increase in scandals, crises and with the fragmentation of numerous benchmarks which were formally quite clear, we can see that individualism, corporatism, apathy and cynicism currently play a major role in business. The social reputation and the legitimacy of organizational policies, whether they be private, public or cooperative, are being put to the test more and more frequently. In this context, it is essential that managers and their staff find some sense of meaning in the activity that can contribute most to the development of an individual: work. It is essential that people engage willingly in a common ethical project, conducted in one of the most vital communities for human development, “the organization”. Our activities (applied research, education, training and consulting) ascribe to this dual quest for personal meaning and the common good.
If we appreciate the value of new and emerging management and leadership approaches and tools (corporate governance, business ethics, values-based management, equitable commerce, CSR, ISO1402, sustainable development, etc.), we choose to conduct scientific research to elaborate and test more integral practices. We maintain, in effect, that too often new tools are used in a fragmented fashion or for public relations reasons.
The research we are conducting attempts to go beyond partial approaches and places the emphasis not solely on the development of new tools, but also on the encouragement of personal development of those who use these tools. Those which take an open and multidisciplinary approach. Leading-edge practices, which we are developing and testing therefore aim to integrate – be it in business, in administration, or in community – the dual quest for personal meaning and the great good. And we aim to achieve this in all known spheres of activity: technological, economic, psychological, social, political, ecological and existential/spiritual. As was well described by manager and theorist Chester Barnard, an “organization" is an organic system which permits individual development with the benefits of working together for the greater good.
Work-related activity, management and leadership practices : realities too critical to leave at the mercy of cynicism or a troubling apathy. We invite you to contribute to the emerging activities of the Chair as a means of encouraging ethics that are as much “integral” as “ethical”, lived and truly integrated.
Press Release Announcing the Creation of the Chair, March 3rd, 2003,
Thierry C. Pauchant — Inaugural speech
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