As an economist, however, I also believe that in the real world people are motivated by concrete incentives. One of the best incentives a business school can offer to faculty is flexibility, in both their schedules and their workloads. There’s a reason why most academics serve only two years on the White House Council of Economic Advisers: Most professors lose tenure after an absence of more than two years. If business schools want their faculty to take more active roles in government, they must provide greater leeway.
If we choose to attack our opponents before we’ve taken the time to understand them if we prefer denunciations to genuine dialogue … if we seek political victory rather than constructive compromise we will not be able to find solutions to the problems before us. This is the soul-searching plea of today’s idealistic guest. Father John Jenkins is president of the University of Notre Dame. Reverend, professor of philosophy, and a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. Jenkins celebrates his tenth year at the helm of the university.