Assistant Professor of Management Oscar Jerome Stewart, Ph.D., received the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program's 2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Award.
Ideas Worth Teaching, an initiative developed by the Business & Society Program within the Aspen Institute, is designed to draw attention to important new ideas about the role of business in creating a sustainable, inclusive society. This award recognizes nine exceptional courses, honoring faculty who are redefining business education by providing learning experiences that equip managers of tomorrow with the context, skills and decision-making capabilities needed to lead in an increasingly complex business environment and world.
Assistant Professor Stewart was awarded for his Seminar on Ethics and Society course, which focuses on "immense problems, such as widening inequality and the degradation of the natural environment, that continue largely unabated." In addition to this course, he teaches the MBA Business Ethics course and Diversity in Organizations. His research focuses on interrogating power at the intersection of organizational theory, strategy, and business ethics. This work includes such projects as an account of corporate strategic irresponsibility as well as an exploration of the determinants and outcomes of corporate misconduct in the pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, this research agenda includes critical scholarship on organizational diversity and discrimination.
“We congratulate and are proud of Assistant Professor Stewart for being recognized with this prestigious award from the Aspen Institute. It is courses like the ones he and all our faculty teach that prepare our students to innovate sustainably and lead responsibly when they join the workforce and throughout their careers,” commented Eugene Sivadas, Ph.D., dean of the Lam Family College of Business.