In June 2015, the UBC Sauder School of Business announced a partnership with UBC alumnus Peter Dhillon to create the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, which will support the study and promotion of business ethics and responsible business practices locally, nationally and around the world. Developing this centre is an important first step in enabling the school to become an innovator in, and model for, business ethics education, research and outreach programming.
We are currently in the recruitment stages for an internationally known professor to lead the research program and academic initiatives of the centre. Since demand for top faculty is high and global competition is fierce, we are establishing a $2 million Professorship in Social Good to help attract leading candidates and support the incumbent, who will also serve as the academic director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics.
As the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics develops, it will provide intellectual leadership to ensure our students are receiving the perspectives they need to think critically about ethical challenges and to support responsible organizations that are dedicated to creating value for civil society.
The Professorship in Social Good will ultimately set the direction and focus of the centre as well as lead, inform and coordinate the large number of activities at UBC Sauder that are already working independently to promote a values-driven approach to business.
Entrepreneurship is of central importance to economic growth, generating new economic activity, and creating new jobs. In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in entrepreneurship, especially among younger generations. There is also a growing student appetite to learn about entrepreneurial management, including how to start businesses, how to commercialize new technologies, and how to foster entrepreneurial thinking in larger organizations.
Establishing a Professorship in Entrepreneurship will build our research and teaching strength in entrepreneurship, connect the UBC Sauder School of Business with Vancouver’s growing entrepreneurial community and mentor students in their entrepreneurial goals. The position is timely as British Columbia focuses on expanding beyond its reliance on natural resources and working to develop a vibrant local entrepreneurial culture. Entrepreneurship is vital to the future of the province and to the future success of many of our students.