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About the Authors

About the Authors

About the Authors

Helen J. Alford, O.P & Michael J. Naughton


Helen Alford is a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome. She has served as a research assistant and lecturer in the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, where she received her Masters in Engineering and Ph.D. in Management and Engineering.  Her dissertation employed central elements of the Catholic social tradition to assess and evaluate the system known as “cellular manufacturing” and the development of “human-centered” technology. 

She has done significant field research at British Aerospace, and amongst the high-technology manufacturing and sub-contracting industries in and around Cambridge, UK, and has participated in the European Union sponsored project, “Design of a Human-Centered Computer Integrated Manufacturing Cell,” under the aegis of the European Strategic Program of Research in Informational Technology (ESPIRIT).  She has also been a Visiting Fellow of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas.

At present, she is carrying out studies among small, high-technology industries in central and northeastern Italy. Numerous technical papers offered to the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge are complimented by her articles in such journals as New Technology Work and Employment, Journal of Applied Manufacturing Systems, Journal of General Management and Journal of Human Values. 
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Michael Naughton is an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he holds a joint appointment to the Department of Theology and the Graduate School of Business.  He is Director of the University’s John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, which pursues the relations of Catholic social thought to business, Catholic education and urban issues. As Director of the Institute, he has organized international conferences in the United States, Belgium and India on the theme of Catholic social thought and management.
Professor Naughton received his doctorate in Theology and Society from Marquette University and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.  He is the author of The Good Stewards: Practical Applications of the Papal Vision of Work, co-editor of The Dignity of Work: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Managers and Workers, and the author of articles for such journals as America, California Management Review, Commonweal, Journal of Business Ethics, The Thomist, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, Review of Social Economy, Journal of Applied Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Human Values and Social Justice Review.

He has delivered papers and presentations, and has conducted workshops on organizational issues in the light of the Christian social tradition throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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