The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Faculty

Dr. Michael Naughton

Dr. Michael Naughton

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Michael Naughton

Director, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought. Full Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Departments of Ethics & Business Law and Catholic Studies

mjnaughton@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5712

Office Location: 302 Sitzmann Hall


Courses taught in Spring 2014
CATH 306-01
20017
Christ Faith & Mgmt Profession 0800-0940 T R MCH 108

4 Credit Hours

What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theological relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level THEO course

THEO 422-03
22721
Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn 0800-0940 T R MCH 108

4 Credit Hours

What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theologcial relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequsite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

Courses taught in Fall 2014
CATH 306-01
41966
Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn 0800-0940 T R TBD

4 Credit Hours

What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theological relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level THEO course

THEO 422-02
42951
Christ Faith & Mgmt Profesn 0800-0940 T R 55S 207

4 Credit Hours

What is a good manager and how does he or she contribute to the common good? This course pursues these questions within the Christian social tradition broadly understood through an exploration of the theologcial relationship between work as a vocation and leisure as contemplation. Within this theological context, the course examines the financial, organizational, technological, and cultural forces that managers and organizations encounter daily. Prerequsite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

Academic History

Ph.D., Theology and Society, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1991
M.B.A., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1995

Expertise

Interdisciplinary engagement between Catholic social thought and business.

Awards & Honors

Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley California and inducted into the school’s College of Fellows, 2009.

National Outstanding Course Award for "Christian Faith and the Management Professions: An Entrepreneurial Perspective," First Place from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2002.

The  University of St. Thomas Business Ethics Award for 2001.

Selected Presentations

Video presentation of "Beyond a Career: The Vocation of a Business Leader (View streaming video)

Selected Articles

Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business, 2011 (Co-author David Specht)

Bringing Your Business to Life: The Four Virtues that Will Help You Build a Better Business-and a Better Life  2008 (Co-author Jeff Cornwall).

Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization, 2001 (co-author Helen Alford-translated into Spanish, Russian and Hungarian with Italian and Chinese in progress)

Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Catholic Social Tradition Spring, 2002 (co-editor, S.A. Cortright, translation in Chinese in progress)

Rediscovering Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays on Wealth, Income and their Distribution in the Catholic Social Tradition,  2005 (co-editors, Helen Alford, Charles Clark, S.A. Cortright).  

"The Ethical Executive," America (May 2012)

"Culture as the Basis  of the Good Entrepreneur," Journal of Religion and Business Ethics (2009) With Jeff Cornwall.

"The Corporation as a Community of Work: Understanding the Firm Within the Catholic Social Tradition," Ave Maria Law Journal (Winter 2006) 33-75.

Bridging the Gap: Catholic Health Care Organizations need Concrete Ways to Connect Catholic Social Principles to Practice, Health Progress (December 2006) With Bill Brinkman; T. Dean Maines; Michael Stebbins and Arnold Weimerskirch. 

"Catholic Social Tradition: Thought, Teaching and Practice," Health Progress (January 2006).  

"A Divided Life: One of the More Serious Errors for the Christian Professional," Published in Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times and Interpreting Them in the Light of the Gospel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Theologie, en de Faculte de Theologie, Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve BETL Series (December 2006).

"Distributors of Justice: A Case for a Just Wage," America, (May 17, 2000).