Cultivating Character: Savvy Students with Big Hearts

By Donald B. Summers and Ross E. Stewart.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics annually conducts a social enterprise competition. Student teams conceive enterprises that address social problems, formulate business plans, wrestle with practical ethical questions, balance business and social issues, and manage team dynamics. Through their projects, student competitors learn how to use business planning to address social problems, deepen their convictions, and increase their skill in helping others. This paper examines how the competition contributes to the formation of personal character.

Keywords: Character Formation, Character Development, Social Enterprise, Social Venture, Student Competition, Business Planning, Values, Virtue

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.283-296. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 675.213KB).

Dr. Donald B. Summers

Clinical Professor, School of Business and Economics, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, USA

Donald B. Summers has had 40 years of experience at the highest levels of management in both Human Resources and consulting. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his master’s and doctorate from Boston University. He is a clinical professor at Seattle Pacific University and lead on the Social Venture Plan Competition at Seattle Pacific University.

Dr. Ross E. Stewart

Joseph C. Hope Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Accounting, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, USA

Ross E. Stewart is Professor of Accounting at Seattle Pacific University whose research interests centre around historical case studies examining the development of accounting in its immediate organizational and business/environmental contexts and the study of the social, ethical and political milieu of accounting.


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