Purpose of Business

People vs profits?

June 25th, 2013

In this interview, Jeff Van Duzer, Provost at Seattle Pacific University (and former Dean of SPU’s School of Business & Economics) answers questions about layoffs, people vs. profits, pay scales, and more. Shirley Hoogstra (host of Inner Compass at Calvin College) interviewed Jeff in early 2013; the interview was broadcast on southwest Michigan PBS in February.    

Does Business Matter to God?

June 15th, 2013

Yes, says Jeff Van Duzer, SPU provost and former dean of the School of Business and Economics. Read his award-winning article in SPU’s Response magazine.

Essay: Occupy Cyberspace!

January 20th, 2012

First there was Occupy Wall Street, but now the noisiest protest seems to be coming from those who wish to occupy the Internet. The irony of it all is that this time, it’s the powerful corporations who are staging the sit-in (or ‘blackout’ or ‘shutdown’, as the case may be), ostensibly on behalf of grassroots […]

Coach K on Connecting with Players: Lessons for Business

December 19th, 2011

The excitement of college basketball is in full swing. This past summer I read an insightful column in the Wall Street Journal by guest author, Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame coach of the Duke University men’s basketball team. Coach K reflected, in this excerpt, on the need for leaders to connect deeply with the people […]

Essay: Is Growth a Given?

September 22nd, 2011

Recently, while traveling in Montreal, my wife and I became engaged in conversation with a small-business owner about the differences between the US and Canadian economics. He told us that Montreal was a hot-bed of entrepreneurism. He claimed that this was due to high cultural value being placed on innovation and individualism and also because […]