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Business & Theology 2017

Michael Naughton, Ph.D.

Beyond Career to Calling: The Vocation of the Business Leader

As important as work is in our lives, it can disorder rather than develop. For some of us, work is little more than a daily drudgery, a necessary but ultimately meaningless way to make money to pay bills and fund weekends and vacations. For others of us, it dominates our lives. Work takes the best of us and leaves little for others. An unexpected reason for this disordered relationship to work is the loss, within our culture, of the habits of leisure. Or so argues Professor Michael Naughton of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Naughton does not mean leisure in the now customary sense of amusement or distraction. Rather, he wants to restore spiritual contemplation and education to their proper places in the ordered and integrated life. Naughton believes that our culture's leaders-and specifically business leaders-need to cultivate these disciplines of leisure in order to execute their offices well. Drawing on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace document Vocation of the Business Leader plus business research, cases, and wisdom literature, Naughton will argue that we'll never get work right unless we get leisure right!


Michael Naughton is the director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas MN. He holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Studies and is a full professor in the department of Catholic Studies.

Dr. Naughton is the co-author and co-editor of 9 books and over 50 articles. he helped coordinate and write the Vocation of the Business Leader issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012), which has been translated into 15 languages. His most recent coauthored book is Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (2015). He is also the coauthor of Managing as if Faith Mattered (2001).

Dr. Naughton serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing, a global producer of innovative torque solutions for transportation, consumer electronics, medical and office automation products with offices in the US, Netherlands and China.

He is Married to Teresa. They have 5 children. He received his Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University (1991) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (1995).

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