The Hankamer School of Business has four strategic areas of focus: calling, character, climate and connections. This issue of the Baylor Business Review focuses on the first of the four c’s: Calling.
What private-sector business skills are prized by nonprofit organizations?
It’s an increasingly important, but complex question – and one that ought to command the attention of all leaders and managers, regardless of the sector in which their organizations execute their unique missions.
From volunteering at a soup kitchen to founding an organization to end hunger, the pursuit of a calling can be defined many ways.
For more than 50 years, Baylor Business graduates have applied their business education to provide principled leadership and a Christian commitment to service to their communities.
We spoke to four mission-driven alumni who have harnessed those business skills and dedicated their careers, and lives, to nonprofit organizations and their causes.
At first blush, the idea of corporate social responsibility seems like something every company should strive for.
Giving back to the community, or even the world, seems like a reasonable expectation for companies that want to “do the right thing.”
But Department of Management Chair and Associate Professor Blaine McCormick contends the concept is not always so black and white.
Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, two closely-held family companies, recently found themselves in the news when values associated with their founders’ faith came in conflict with some more secular views espoused by various politically active groups.
Organizations such as these have clearly stated spiritual values; however, numerous organizations might not be as explicit but are still trying to live out faith while in the workplace.
The top-ranked programs at the Hankamer School of Business combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, a solid foundation in ethical values and a global outlook.
These four dimensions are represented in the Hankamer School of Business logo, and it’s reflected in the four floors of the new Foster Campus. In the next few pages, the focus is on how the pursuit of its mission has led the School to the construction of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. From sharing donor stories to live-tweeted student tours of the new campus, the School’s four dimensions have impacted all those touched by the Hankamer School of Business. Likewise, each student, alumna, alumnus, faculty member, staff member and donor has left a mark on the School.
Many high school students mow lawns to make some money. But not many of those teenagers turn the mowing service into a career path.
David Maness, BBA ’02 and son of Dean Terry Maness, started a lawn service in high school “to just make some money.” When he went to Baylor, he kept the business. And before long, it began to grow. By senior year, Maness decided to “step out in faith” and make the business his full-time career after graduation. The lawn mowing service had turned into a successful landscape, construction and irrigation company.
In Uganda, the majority of residents are Christian. Yet, many believe in witch doctors and the evil nature of business. It’s a region where, traditionally, Christians believe God blesses His faithful followers with material wealth. As a result, business and the learning of business skills are discouraged. Ugandan pastors and their wives who seek business skills have been historically deemed as mistrusting of God and His will.
Andrea L. Salinas
Director of Operations
Heart of Texas
My first nonprofit job occurred by happy accident, and the work illustrated how fortunate I am and put me on the path to what I am becoming.
Business school educators emphasize the following points to students who arrive at Baylor’s doorstep with a desire to save the world:
Although a passion to make a difference is important to nonprofits’ success, no one need add passion to the list. The desire to do for others often walks in the door. Recognizing it is easy for professors who are in the classroom for some of the same reasons as their students.
Business skills are valuable in other areas of study like law, engineering and information systems. In its effort to cultivate principled leaders and serve the global marketplace, the Hankamer School of Business offers joint degree programs to assist students in his or her chosen field of study.
Each semester since 2007, Hankamer School of Business MBA and graduate students, as well as graduate faculty and staff, are invited to offer their skills to help inmates create business plans through the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP).