Dr. Debra Comer, PhD, was presented with the Primeaux Award for Best Paper at the 23rd Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference in Buffalo, New York in October.
Her paper, “Adapting the Jewish Spiritual Practice of Mussar to Develop Business Students’ Character,” applied the tenets of Mussar, a centuries-old practice of moral education that is consistent with contemporary virtue ethics, to craft tools business educators can use to guide students along a personalized path of character improvement. She co-authored the paper with Michael Schwartz of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Dr. Comer, one of the winners of the Zarb School’s 2016 Dean’s Research Award, is an associate editor of the Journal of Management Education, the book/film review editor of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, and an editorial board member of other journals. Her articles have appeared in periodicals including Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Education, and Organization Science. She is the co-editor and one of the authors of Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work (2011, M.E. Sharpe). Her current research interests include ethical behavior in organizations and management education. This spring, a convocation will be held in her honor installing her as The Mel Weitz Distinguished Professor of Business.