Values-Based Leadership Concentration

December 18, 2012

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business is offering a Values-Based Leadership Concentration (VBL) in its MBA program, starting in spring semester, which begins January, 2013.

Increasingly, organizations find they must have employees with a solid basis in ethics and governance-related training. Scandals of the recent past have made it harder for the public, and even a corporation’s own employees, to trust organizations. VBL has its foundations in many disciplines, from leadership and values-based decision making to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

The program was proposed by Xavier’s Cintas Institute for Business Ethics, Williams College of Business, and by Ann Marie Tracey and Paul Fiorelli, both currently teaching legal studies and business ethics. VBL is cross-disciplinary, and will include faculty from across the disciplines of the Williams College of Business.

"Our new MBA concentration in Values-Based Leadership is a great example of Xavier's Jesuit identity in action,” says Brian Till, PhD, dean of the Williams College of Business. “In addition to a solid mastery of business fundamentals, Xavier MBA students will also come away with the tools and concepts for more responsible decision making."

A few other MBA programs offer courses in ethics, governance, sustainability, and leadership, but Xavier VBL’s comprehensive approach sets a high standard for values-based leadership in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Students will become more proactive in developing strategies inclusive of all constituencies and stakeholders in the organization, the community, and the global environment. They will learn the best practices of others and network with peers and senior executives from the community.

To successfully complete the concentration, students complete three elective courses in the VBL concentration from these options: Ethical Issues in Marketing, Business Ethics through Film, Principles of Leadership, Values-Based Leadership, Corporate Citizenship- Sustainability, International Ethics (Study Abroad in London), Health Industry Law and Ethics, and Strengths-based Leadership. They complete a Governance course as their capstone requirement.

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business educates students of business, enabling them to improve organizations and society, consistent with the Jesuit tradition. For more information, call 513-745-3525 or email