The business culture and laws of the U.S. stress the obligation of corporate managers to maximize the profits of the firm's shareholders. An excessive focus on profits, however, can deny managers any meaningful sense of vocation. It reduces the role of managers, and those who they manage, to mere cogs in the productive processes of their firms. Managers informed by the Catholic social tradition can exercise their responsibilities with a sense of vocation. Catholic professional schools, including law schools, should foster the sense of vocation in graduates by presenting the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching early in the curriculum and inviting students to apply these principles throughout their studies.
George E. Garvey, Business as a Vocation: Implications for Catholic Legal Education, 25 ST. JOHN’S U. REV. BUS. 37 (2004).