Academic Partner

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the University of St. Thomas have been affiliated since 1988. This strong and enduring partnership with St. Thomas connects the Center directly with the University’s premier business faculty, widely recognized for its scholarship and its close connections with the business community.

The mission of the Center is closely aligned with the missions of the University of St. Thomas and its Opus College of Business. All share the belief, in the words of noted Minnesota business leader David A. Koch, that “the purpose of business is to serve people.”

  • For the Center – Assisting business leaders in creating ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels.
  • For the Opus College of Business – Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the Opus College of Business develops effective, principled business leaders who think globally, act ethically and create enduring value for society.
  • For the University of St. Thomas – Educating students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

 Message from the Dean of the Opus College of Business

img_lenway-stefanie(2015)Dear Friends and Colleagues,

One defining characteristic of what we teach at the Opus College of Business is our emphasis on placing organizational mission and purpose before profits, not only because we believe that this is right, but also because we have considerable confidence that profits will follow. Our long-term strategic partnership with the Center for Ethical Business Cultures supports this emphasis, and I could not be more delighted to continue to build this partnership.

Through our relationship with the CEBC, the college links faculty teaching and research on principled leadership and ethics with practice. Not only does the CEBC provide our faculty with a vantage point from which to observe the importance of ethics in action, it also provides our students with a laboratory in which to experience the consequences of both ethical and unethical decisions.

As the college and the CEBC continue their work together, I hope to increase the interaction between our faculty and member companies on areas of mutual interest. With economic growth returning to the U.S., we need now, more than ever, to ensure that decisions informed by ethical principles and integrity permeate all, but especially economic, institutions.

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the Opus College of Business are here to help organizations insure that this aspiration transforms into reality.

I invite you to explore their offerings and consider joining the CEBC community.

With best wishes,

Stefanie Ann Lenway, Ph.D.
Dean, Opus College of Business
University of St. Thomas


 Working Relationships with University of St. Thomas Centers and Institutes

On issues of governance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, the Center serves as a bridge between the business and academic community creating a two-way flow of inquiry and practical application.

  • CEBC engages St. Thomas’ faculty to conduct research in the area of ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • The Center works with the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law to conduct public forums that raise awareness about the importance of creating and sustaining ethical business cultures.
  • The Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas Opus College Of Business advises CEBC on ethical leadership development and ethical culture. In addition, CEBC partners with the Koch Chair to sponsor The Stakeholder Dialogues that address the leadership challenge of balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, building a sustainable culture for the long-term and meeting performance goals.
  • Given CEBC’s emphasis on the need for management to measure and assess ethical culture, the Center collaborates with the Veritas Institute to promote the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP), a methodology that enables organizations to appraise and enhance their performance on questions of corporate ethics, governance and social responsibility.
  • The Center collaborates with the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business to offer study abroad programs that introduce MBA and JD students to European points of view on business, ethics, law and corporate social responsibility. CEBC also works with the University’s John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought to sponsor a study abroad in reverse for masters students in corporate social responsibility from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Pontificia Università San Tommaso d’Aquino).