Faculty Bookshelf

Story by Brianna Hardy, Class of 2007

Rediscovering Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays on Wealth, Income, and Their Distribution in the Catholic Social Tradition
Edited by Helen Alford, O.P., Charles M.A. Clark, S.A. Cortright, and Michael J. Naughton
University of Notre Dame Press 2006

Philosophy Professor Steven Cortright is co-editor of Rediscovering Abundance, a collection of essays that analyzes the creation, allocation, and use of wealth from a Catholic perspective.

The book contains a dialogue of diverse perspectives from theologians, economists, philosophers, management theorists, and CEOs on the challenges of creating a more just distribution of global wealth in accordance with the Catholic social tradition. The essays question both neoconservative and neoliberal political views in order to form a middle ground from which a capitalist economy can work toward the common good.

"These essays represent some of the best thinking anywhere on the practical implications of Catholic social thought for business, organizational management, and economic life generally," according to J. Michael Stebbins of Gonzaga University.

Cortright has previously edited and contributed to several books on Catholic social teaching, including Labor, Solidarity, and the Common Good (2000) and Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays from the Catholic Social Tradition (2002).


Hunter or Hunted? Technology, Innovation, and Competitive Strategy
By Dave Rochlin
Thomson Press 2006

In his new book, Hunter or Hunted?, graduate business lecturer Dave Rochlin examines why some firms prosper and others perish when confronted with new technology. Rochlin uses the extensive research he conducted while designing and teaching the Executive MBA technology strategy course, as well his experiences in the technology sector as an executive and consultant, to offer a practical perspective on high-tech issues.

"My intention is to make this book useful to a wide variety of readers in both educational and professional settings," writes Rochlin. "In the spirit of the innovation that will be discussed within, I have attempted to create a hybrid—a book that is appropriate for multiple audiences and that can be used in the business and engineering classrooms as well as the conference and board room."

The book also includes interviews with other experts in the field on this increasingly competitive and complex aspect of the business world. Readers can learn from the mistakes and successes shared with Rochlin by technology leaders from TIVO, Deloitte Consulting, and Kleiner Perkins.

"Rochlin's ambitious book will reset how businesses approach strategy development, writes Michael W. McLaughlin, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants. "This is a forward-looking and accessible guide to help executives understand and tackle one of their most vexing challenges: how to thrive in an era of ever-changing technologies."

Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul
By Michael Barram
Peter Lang Publishing 2006

Attempts by several writers to clear the confusion surrounding the Apostle Paul and his ministerial activity inspired Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul, a new book by Michael Barram, an associate professor of religious studies at Saint Mary's College. The book is part of the Studies in Biblical Literature series.

"This ground-breaking work identifies the central place of ‘mission' in the life, work, and writings of the Apostle Paul," writes Marion L. Soards of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Barram examines claims that Paul wanted "to be free of" his pastoral and administrative work. Through detailed analysis of various passages within Paul's letters, Barram concludes that the Apostle's mission moves beyond the initial evangelism to a more prolonged nurturing of those who have converted to Christianity.

"Paul's letters contain extensive moral reflection regarding life in the Christian community that bear no immediate relationship to evangelism," writes Barram.