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School of Business Participates in the 9th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education

March 5,2015

Held in the Philippines for the first time, the 9th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education was hosted by the Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle Universities, and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde last 26-28 February 2015.  The foreign counterpart organizers were the University of St. Thomas (MN), Saint John’s University (NY), and Marquette University (WI).  The conference’s theme was Prosperity, Poverty and the Purpose of Business:  Rediscovering Integral Human Development in the Catholic Social Tradition”.

Inspired by attempts to examine the pervasive issue of faith and work, the Center for Christian Social Thought and Management of the University of St. Thomas (established in 1992), then renamed John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought has been religiously exploring the relationship between the Catholic social tradition and business theory and practice by fostering a deeper integration of faith and work (www.stthomas.edu).  The annual international conferences have been one of its instruments in “helping to build a community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to examining issues at the intersection of business and the Catholic social tradition”.

Dean Ramon R. Manalac of the School of Business represented the St. Scholastica’s College in the forum, which was not limited to academic community only, but included private businesses, social entrepreneurs, non-governmental agencies and religious groups.

The 3-day conference was held in 3 different venues.  The first day was held in De La Salle University, Taft Avenue where the first plenary session was formally opened by Dr. Benito Teehankee, Conference Co-Chair of DLSU and Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, OIC President and Chancellor, DLSU.  The main plenary speaker was Dr. Stefano Zamagni, an Italian Economist and currently Vice-Director of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) who talked about contemporary views on catholic social thoughts and implications on the realities of business education and society.  The rest of the day was laid out for six (6) break-out sessions both in the morning and afternoon for paper presentations of invited speakers.  No less than thirty-five (35) research papers were presented and deliberated during the concurrent sessions.

The second conference day was held in Ateneo De Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  The assembly was welcomed by Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ, President of ADMU.  Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA)  was the day’s plenary speaker who paved the way to another six (6) break-out sessions involving nineteen (19) paper presentations.

The third and final day of the conference was a tour of the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan.

By: Mr. Ramon Mañalac
Dean, School of Business