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Does Catholic Social Teaching Matter in the Classroom?

| Cliff Grammich |

Starting with Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum and continuing notably in the writings of Pius XI and John Paul II (and, to be sure, others as well), the Catholic Church has fostered a tradition of social teaching for application to modern business organizations. During John Paul II’s pontificate, the Church also sought to strengthen the identity and clarify the mission of Catholic higher education.

So what impact does the Church’s social teaching have in the undergraduate business classrooms of Catholic institutions? Roland and Linda Kidwell suggest it is muted; indeed, they “conclude that if Catholic institutions wish to provide an ethics-based business education, familiarity with and use of [Catholic social teaching] appear to be unnecessary at AACSB-accredited schools.” (more…)

18 February 2007 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

An Un-Valentine’s Market

| Cliff Grammich |

Earlier today I followed up an earlier post of Peter’s on the business of weddings.  It appears that’s not the only business that might boom around Valentine’s Day — my friend Liz Birge reports the divorce (legal) services market does as well . . .

15 February 2007 at 3:13 pm 4 comments

More on the Business of Weddings

| Cliff Grammich |

In an earlier discussion of the business of weddings, Peter, responding to one commenter, expressed hope that by the time his “daughter is of marryin’ age, some kind of ‘peasant weddings’ will be in style.” I might even encourage elopement, although it’s fascinating how this assumedly cheap option has apparently evolved into the less cheap “destination wedding.” (more…)

15 February 2007 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Religion and the Market

| Cliff Grammich | 

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has announced its 2006 Templeton Enterprise Award winners.  The awards are “presented annually to scholars under forty who have produced the very best books and articles in the field of humane economics and culture over the past two years.” Many of the honored works, e.g., Thomas Woods’ The Church and the Market, provide an interesting reconciliation of (Catholic) Church teaching with free market economics, drawing inferences one won’t typically see in staff work of the bishops’ conferences. 

14 February 2007 at 1:36 pm 2 comments

A Super Chicago Sunday

| Cliff Grammich |

Word on the street here in frigid northeastern Illinois is that there’s a football game being played in south Florida tonight of considerable local interest. (Just one bit of evidence: my choir director selected this as our postlude this morning, something I would not have done — and something, I confess, that I’m not sure I’ve ever sung with as little alcohol as transubstantiated wine provides.)

It’s hard to put a new spin on this game, but here’s some local ephemera that might interest O&M readers. (more…)

4 February 2007 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

“Atheist” Academics

| Cliff Grammich | 

Peter kindly draws my attention to a study by Neil Gross at Harvard and Solon Simmons at George Mason, released last fall but discussed this week here, here, and here, about religiosity of American professors. Among the findings: (more…)

19 January 2007 at 10:40 pm 10 comments

Virtual Veneration

| Cliff Grammich |

Earlier this week, Peter asked about “the impact of technology on the existence, boundaries, an internal structure of religious organizations.” Yesterday, Liz Birge had a story in the Newark Star-Ledger on “virtual veneration,” including “how houses of worship use the Web to reach old members and attract new ones.”

12 January 2007 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

The Virtual Church

| Cliff Grammich | 

Peter asks below about research “on the impact of technology on the existence, boundaries, an internal structure of religious organizations.”  This is, to my knowledge, a nascent field, but there are some resources on this, listed below, of greater and lesser relevance to Peter’s question. (more…)

7 January 2007 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Gladwell on Enron

| Cliff Grammich | 

Something more germane, perhaps: Malcolm Gladwell on Enron in the January 8th issue of The New Yorker. (more…)

7 January 2007 at 6:01 pm 1 comment

The Religious Marketplace

| Cliff Grammich |

Many thanks to Peter for the kind invitation and introduction. A political science student whose dissertation research focused on ethnography of sectarian Baptists (good and, I confess, flattering summary here of its revision for those interested) is, I know, a bit out of place in blogging on “organizations and markets.” Nevertheless, given how much recent research on American religion has used the language of organizations and markets — indeed, one of the most influential works in sociology of religion of the past decade focuses on “winners and losers in our religious economy” — I’ve some reason to hope I can contribute something to the conversation here. I know I’ve learned plenty here, and am grateful for this opportunity to learn still more.

As Peter notes, one of my main interests is a decennial county-level enumeration of religious congregations and memberships in the United States. The most recent version of this work included 149 religious bodies. The data are generally self-reported by participants, and therefore vary from year-to-year. At present, one of my pet projects is cleaning and matching data by county for the 48 bodies with comparable data in 1980, 1990, and 2000. Multiplying that by the 3,000+ counties in the United States yields quite a few data points on religious “competitors” in literally thousands of local “markets” over time, often featuring organizational adaptations to reflect these.

What “marketplace” explanations have been offered for religious change, and what do recent data say about them?  I’ve a broader discussion of this here, but offer some abbreviated insights below. (more…)

7 January 2007 at 5:51 pm 6 comments


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