"Management as a Liberal Art"


Insights from Peter Drucker,
Our Christian Faith,
and the Practice of Management

    A pre-conference workshop

    sponsored by the Center for Integrity in Business
    in conjunction with the national conference of
    the Christian Business Faculty Association


In the wake of a long series of business scandals over the past two decades, it is natural to ask, "What has happened to business management?" Technical aspects of management are increasingly sophisticated in this age of technology and globalization, but our ability to deal with the "softer side" of management is declining.

In their book Drucker’s Lost Art of Management, Joseph Maciariello and Karen Linkletter address this question: “Have we trained our managers incorrectly?” They go on to comment, “Although most businesses have some sort of ethics code in the mission statements, matters of ‘good and evil’ are perceived as best left to the realm of theology or philosophy—not the boardroom. Yet [Peter] Drucker insisted on the need for values in organizations.”

The increasing technical requirement for management combined with the loss of recognition of the questions of “good and evil” in employees, customers, and managers is a lethal combination.  It should challenge all of us in the business academy, and lead us to some important questions:

  • Can business be a “high calling” from God?  If so, what does living out this calling look like?
  • Can a business firm produce needed goods and services for profit, create wealth, and also become a moral community for the development of human character?
  • As a Christian leader or manager in business, what should be our view of the people we lead or manage?
  • If every person has been created in the image and likeness of God, what is our responsibility as a leader or manager for their growth and development -- not only in what they are doing but also in the person they are becoming? 
  • How can we, as Christians, use Drucker’s concept of Management as a Liberal Art and his view of the importance of understanding the human condition as a way to raise the question of God?
  • How are we preparing students to affirm their faith at work but not impose it?  Or to put it another way, to integrate the claims of their faith with the demands of their work?

We will address these questions in the one-day pre-conference workshop at the Christian Business Faculty Association conference in October 2013.  While all of this applies to business management, it has equal application to the management of any organization.


Confirmed speakers for the Drucker workshop

Dr. Al Erisman is Executive in Residence at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in business ethics, and business and technology. He is also executive editor of Ethix magazine (www.ethix.org). Al’s 32-year career with The Boeing Company included ten years as Director of R&D for technology and mathematics. He is a board member for several not-for-profit organizations, author of numerous papers and books, and is engaged in economic development in the Central African Republic.

Dr. Joseph Maciariello is arguably the world's foremost expert on the life and work of Peter Drucker. Dr. Maciariello is Marie Rankin Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management in the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University and has written or co-authored nine books on management. His current research seeks to document the value of Drucker's mentoring process, especially for those between the ages of 20-30.

Gloria Nelund

Gloria Nelund spent 30 years on Wall Street as an executive in the international asset management industry, working most recently as CEO of Deutsche Bank's $50 billion North America Private Wealth Management division. She went on to co-found TriLinc Global, a private investment company dedicated to creating impact investment products that provide significant capital to the "missing middle" (established small to medium sized businesses) in stable, emerging markets to help address some of the world's urgent needs.

Shundrawn Thomas is Managing Director and Global Head of the Exchange-Traded Funds Group for Northern Trust Global Investments. In addition to other leadership roles with Northern Trust, he advised some of the world's largest institutional investors as a VP for Goldman Sachs. Shundrawn is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker, and has written and published several books. He is a trustee for Wheaton College, a board director of the Florida A & M University Foundation, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and an elder in his local church.

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To attend the pre-conference Drucker workshop ONLY,
please complete the registration form
(follow instructions on the form).


Cost is $25 for those registered for the full CBFA conference; $75 for non-CBFA participants ($100 after September 16).

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October 17, 2013
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