Recollections on Implementing the Ideas of Conceptual Foundations

  • Walter H. Klein
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 11)


William C. Frederick made it quite clear in his paper why Conceptual Foundations of Business was a book that made a difference.1 With its publication in 1961 Richard Eells and Clarence Walton provided “much food for thought” for the leaders of the corporate community, schools of business administration, and makers of public policy. The purpose of this paper is to reflect on what it was like trying to implement these and similar ideas. Would these ideas encounter a friendly or hostile environment? Would business school faculties be eager to present them to their students and to embrace and expand upon them in their research? Who would teach and research these new, multidisciplinary concepts, ideas and theories? Would an infrastructure develop to support an emerging business and society field of management study? If so, would it become an integral part of the management education establishment? Was the national accrediting agency for collegiate schools of business prepared to provide the leadership needed to meet the challenges that these ideas presented to management education. These ruminations about such issues span a period of approximately twenty years beginning around 1960.


Corporate Social Responsibility Business Ethic Business School Conceptual Foundation Business Policy 


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  • Walter H. Klein
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  1. 1.The Wallace E. Carroll School of Management Boston CollegeBoston

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