Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

André Delbecq Citation

Written by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, on May 2006 at the Induction in the College of Fellows

André L. Delbecq, husband and father, university administrator, mentor, professor and teacher, faithful son of the Church, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology salutes you.

On the occasion of a meeting with Italian Christian executives on March 4 of this year, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the necessary relationship that pertains between justice and charity, and therefore the necessity “…to value every person for what he or she is and can give according to one"s talents, avoiding every form of exploitation.” “Unfortunately,” the Holy Father continued, “partly because of current economic difficulties, these values often run the risk of not being followed by those business persons who lack a sound moral inspiration. Therefore, the contribution of those who draw from their Christian formation is indispensable, and thus should not be taken for granted but always nourished and renewed.” You have committed yourself with great energy and charity exactly to the nourishment and the spiritual and moral renewal of your colleagues and students.

As the McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, you have applied your scholarship to executive decision-making processes, organization design, and managing innovation in rapid-change environments. You have also done seminal work in the area of leadership spirituality, explicitly applying the Faith to the lived experience of leaders in business and in institutions in order that they may recognize their work as a sacred vocation. Moreover, as the former Dean of Fellows of the Academy of Management you have provided courage and inspiration to younger scholars to begin research of their own that bridges the realms of religion, spirituality and management.

You have brought to these tasks a wealth of experience and accomplishment. You have served the academy and the wider community as the Eighth Dean of Fellows of the Academy of Management, prior President of the Western Academy of Management and former Executive Director of the Organization Behavior Teaching Society. You have received international recognition for executive programs delivered to high technology industries as well as health, human services and government organizations. You have served as a member of three corporate Boards of Directors, and twice as Board Chair. You continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Ascension Health. You presently direct the Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership conducting dialog between theologians, executives and management scholars.

Your influence has extended well beyond this nation. You have been a consultant and have lectured in Australia, Canada, England, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Micronesia, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Thailand. You have consulted with ATAR, the French Development Agency, and chaired the Normandy France Advisory Board in California for three years.

Your work on behalf of leaders in business and in our social institutions and your insistence that secular leadership, properly understood and undertaken, is both an office and a divine vocation, is of great interest to the Dominican School. We are therefore most grateful that you have consented to collaborate with us in our own work of education as a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

Accordingly, as an expression of our esteem and gratitude, and in virtue of the authority invested in me by the Board of Trustees of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, I am privileged to bestow upon you, André L. Delbecq, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, and to name you as a Fellow of the School.

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