Asbury Business Reimagines the Marketplace
July 26, 2017
WILMORE, Ky. — When robots take our jobs, what will it mean for the marketplace — and what will it mean for people?
A generation ago, that was a question for science fiction. Today, as automation increasingly eclipses human labor, it’s a global workforce issue. More importantly, it’s a moral issue — and Asbury University’s Dayton School of Business is equipping students to enter the marketplace with a renewed vision of human worth.
Grounded in a Christian worldview, Asbury’s Dayton School of Business prioritizes faith and learning together. Students graduate with impeccable business knowledge and practical skills (as evidenced by students’ continued success in business competitions). From start to finish, the program also equips students to grow in their faith and to explore its implications for business activity.
The program offers traditional undergraduate majors and minors, an online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Business Administration that includes a 4+1 track (four years of advanced undergraduate work plus one year for an MBA).
Dr. Kevin Brown, a Business professor at Asbury, recently co-authored an article for Christianity Today exploring human worth in the face of increasing workplace automation. On the cover of the July/August 2017 issue, “How to Find Hope in the Humanless Economy” challenges the idea that human worth can be defined in economic terms.
“Scripture tells us that God is creative, productive, and relational,” Brown writes with his co-author, Steven McMullen. “In the creation narrative, each life is supremely valuable because it was created by God and bears his image. We have a godlike resemblance (Gen. 1:26–27).”
That’s the principle undergirding Asbury’s Dayton School of Business. Humans are made in the image of God — how should that direct our business activity?
“Some programs begin with business and try to varnish it with Christian thinking,” Brown said. “At Asbury, we begin with a different question. Who is God, and who am I in relation to God? If I believe I was made to create, produce, relate, love and confer value, the implications for business are significant.”
As Asbury Business graduates continue to enter the marketplace, Brown says the most transformative thing they can do is simply live out the truth of their faith.
“We want students to be excellent business people — but we’re here to be faithful,” Brown said. “Jesus died for us to fundamentally and radically re-conceptualize everything and bring it into the fullness of Jesus Christ, who holds all things together. That would be my larger vision for what we want to do.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Dayton School of Business, visit: asbury.edu/Business.