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Business Program

FASPE changed the way I look at business ethics. Doing good is a duty we all bear. FASPE was one of the most influential events of my professional life.
Jean-Marc Chanoine
2016 FASPE Business Fellow

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 as influencers 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 12 to 18 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.

2019 FASPE Business Program Dates: May 25, 2019 – June 7, 2019 (Program starts in the evening of May 25.)
Applications for FASPE Business 2019 are now closed. To learn more about the application process please go here.

To view photos of the 2018 Business program and to read about the experience, please go here.

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
IG Farben factory near Auschwitz.German Federal Archive / BArch, Bild 146-2007-0058 /
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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 FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication in Vienna.

For more information on how to apply to FASPE Business, please click here.