Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 23 - Jun 18, 2018

Duration:

8 weeks

Commitment:

3 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Certificate

Description

Business on Purpose reimagines (through the lens of Christian theology) business as a calling to serve the common good. The course makes extensive use of evocative short story films, interviews with executives (Don Flow, Ron Johnson, Christy Trang Le) and subject matter experts (i.e., Steve Garber, Bill Pollard and Jeff Van Duzer). The course will develop a theological framework for business and its implications for purpose, profit, ethics, stakeholder relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/ sustainability. Whether you are a professional, a student, a minister, or just someone interested in exploring the intersections of faith and business, this course aims to challenge and inspire you.

Objectives

  • Encourage and equip students to make meaningful and practical connections between faith and the practice of business.
  • Develop a Christian theological framework for business and its implications for purpose and practice.
  • Provide practical examples of how faith-based values can be expressed in business (i.e., through customer and employee relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/sustainability).
  • Provide opportunities for self-reflection, discussion and the development of practical action plans.

Target Audience: Lifelong learners, ministers, upper-division business students, MBA students, business practitioners interested in the relationship of their faith to their work.


Course is offered by Seattle Pacific University.

Course Instructors

Kenman Wong, PhD

Kenman Wong, PhD

Professor

Kenman Wong (Ph.D., University of Southern California) teaches at Seattle Pacific University. He is the producer of the film series that this course is built upon: Faith & Co: Business on Purpose. He has authored several books including, Business for the Common Good (w/ Scott B. Rae; IVP Academic, 2011). During his time at SPU, he has won awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and community engagement.