By Britain Miethe
Lee University Professor of Business Dr. Dewayne Thompson was
awarded "Best in the Region" honors for his presentation, "A
Business Ethics Framework: The Foundation of Corporate Social
Responsibility," by the Southeastern Council of Business Schools
and Programs (ACBSP).
ACBSP is a discipline-specific accrediting organization for
schools and programs of business worldwide, consisting of ten
regions. Lee belongs to its largest region. ACBSP selects one
presentation from each area as "Best in the Region" to represent
the region at the annual conference in June.
Thompson's presentation revolved around the ethics of business.
He proposes that there is no closer relationship between the
classroom and corporate social responsibility than the business
ethics course. Thompson argues that although it is impossible to
teach a student to be ethical, one can and should teach the student
a disciplined approach to ethical decision making.
"I wanted to do the piece due to the lack of research in the
academy regarding the measurement of ethical decision making," said
Thompson. "Many researchers deal with the frequency of cheating or
the relationship between cheating in school and then cheating in
the corporation, but few deal with measuring the application of
ethical theory in the decision-making process."
Thompson has served as the Chair of the Department of Business
at Lee University since 2006. He has been listed in Who's Who Among
America's Teachers and received Lee's prestigious Excellence in
Teaching Award in 1987. He has served in leadership positions at
the university for 12 years and is in his 32nd year
as a faculty member.
Thompson and his wife, Cathy, have two daughters, Amie and
Lauren. He enjoys reading and landscaping and is a native of
For more information about ACBSP, please visit http://www.acbsp.org/p/cm/ld/fid=204.