FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.
FASPE Business challenges its Fellows to recognize their responsibility to act as ethical leaders in their business careers. FASPE begins by examining the actions and choices of German businesses and business executives in enabling and executing Nazi policies. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Business Fellows grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their communities and to lead them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing businesses and business professionals.
Each year, FASPE Business awards fellowships to 14 to 16 graduate business students and early-career business professionals. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange.
FASPE draws on a large pool of applicants, whose diverse backgrounds and interests enrich discussions both inside and outside the seminar room. Business Fellows travel with Journalism and Law Fellows, allowing them to broaden their understanding of the role of professionals over shared meals and activities and in several interdisciplinary seminars. FASPE Fellowships are fully funded so that financial ability does not affect participation.
FASPE Business applicants must be actively pursuing a career in business and fit into one of the following three categories: 1) be enrolled in an MBA or MSc program at the time of their application; 2) have completed their MBA or MSc degree between May 2019 and January 2021 and be working as a business professional; or 3) have completed an undergraduate degree in any field between May 2016 and May 2018 and be working as a business professional.
FASPE seeks Fellows who are about to embark on their career as professionals, are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty, and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program and the alumni community. All applications are welcome and reviewed.
2021 FASPE Business Program Dates: May 21 – June 4, 2021 (Program starts on the evening of May 21)
FASPE Business Fellows examine topics such as:
- the complicity of German businesses and business executives in the design and execution of Nazi policies
- legal compliance and corporate social responsibility vs. ethical behavior
- the meaning of ethics in business in the absence of a code of conduct
- the ethics of technological and business innovations
- navigating multiple loyalties to stockholders, customers, employees, vendors and communities
- recognizing multiple motivations and ensuring that motivations align with personal and institutional morals
- tactics to address ethical issues within larger corporate institutions
FASPE Business Fellows now hold positions at major financial institutions, global businesses, non-profit organizations and consulting firms. Through their shared FASPE experience, Fellows form long-lasting relationships and deep bonds that grow over time. Business Fellows participate in formal and informal networks that provide support throughout their careers.
The Business program was initially developed in consultation with faculty from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the FH Wien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication in Vienna.