Tuesday, April 15, 2008


"la Caixa" Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance is an interdisciplinary effort at IESE, University of Navarra, chaired by Antonio Argandofia. His profile is given in this website. It includes the following:

He is also a member of numerous international academic organizations, notably: Mont Pelerin Society, American Economic Association, International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics, European Business Ethics Network, Society of Business Ethics, etc. [bolding mine - ct]

Acton speaks of Mont Pelerin at its website:

Immediately after World War II, the old liberals, joined by “new liberals,” founded the Mont Pelerin Society in Switzerland. Its leading “brains” –Friedrich A. v. Hayek, Ludwig v. Mises, and Wilhelm Roepke – wanted to call it “de Tocqueville-Acton Society,” whereupon Professor Frank Knight of Chicago protested violently against naming the Society after “two Roman Catholic aristocrats.” It was finally called “Mont Pelerin Society” after the hotel where the first meeting took place.

The March - April 2007 Newsletter of the Research Division of U. of Navarra's IESE Business School indicates on pg. 13 that Antonio Argandofia

On March 12, attended in Barcelona, the presentation of the "Instituto von Mises", where he gave the lecture "Exigencias morales y eticas del liberalismo".

Participants in the conference deliberations at The Witherspoon Institute conference "Rethinking Business Management: An Examination of the Foundations of Business Education" included

Antonio Argandofia - IESE Business School professor, Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility; previously the Ethics and Economics Chair.

Sam Gregg — Director of Research at the Acton Institute.

The Acton Institute's Novak Award was given to an IESE professor:

Maximilian B. Torres, a visiting scholar at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, has been selected from a large field of international nominees as the winner of the Acton Institute's 2003 Novak Award. ...

Professor Torres is an outstanding emerging scholar in the area of business ethics and organizational behavior. A former financial services executive, he quickly established a formidable reputation in North America and European circles for the conciseness of his thought, the quality of his refereed publications, and an excellent rapport with students. Torres holds a professorship at the University of Navarra's IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

From Professor Torres CV at the IESE website which contains the following:

He has received numerous awards and prizes both as a student and a professional. Most recently he was awarded the 2003 Novak Award for outstanding new research into the interrelation of religion and economic liberty by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids

Both Action Institute and IESE operate in the same orbit, and Acton, via the Novak Award, evidentially shares an economic philosophy with IESE. There is no doubt that IESE is part of the University of Navarra, and that University of Navarra is an Opus Dei university.

Draw your own conclusions.

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