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Free Enterprise

Ethical Leadership


The mission of the Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership is twofold: 

  • to instill in students an appreciation for, and develop champions of, free enterprise systems globally, and 

  • to foster, develop, and assist current and future business leaders in creating and improving ethical, effective, and sustainable organizational cultures and decision-making climates through curriculum development, knowledge accumulation and dissemination activities, and provision of resources. 

Values and Core Issues

A central value of the Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership is educating students on the liberties and principles outlined in the Founding documents (Constitution and the Bill of Rights) where the principles of the American Founders continue to undergird a free society. 

Core issues that help characterize the Center's overall mission and activities include ethics, morality, leadership, followership, stewardship, holistic trust, integrity, generativity, loyalty, reputational capital, executive wisdom, corporate social responsibility (CSR), long-term sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and organizational effectiveness.