PRIME Center

The Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME Center) enhances opportunities for Detroit Mercy business students to interact with leading business executives and thinkers, obtain real-world practical experience in management, and conduct meaningful research into managerial problems, including ethics.  Building on the national rankings by U.S. News & World Report of our Management programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and our historic leadership in the field of business ethics, the PRIME Center is an important resource that brings the business community and the academic community together to promote efficient, effective, and ethical management.

 PRIME Center Affiliates include:

 * Dr. Evan A. Peterson, Arnold Jarboe Chair of Business Administration.  Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a J.D., an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Management.  He has practiced law in Florida and Michigan, and teaches a variety of courses in business law, including International Human Rights Law.  He has published numerous articles in law and ethics, and has engaged students as co-authors.  His recent articles include “Benefit Corporations: Fostering Socially Conscious Corporate Leadership”, “Human Rights Law, Corporate Governance, and Globalization”, and “Beyond Black Letter Law: Spirituality in the Business Law Classroom.” Dr. Peterson serves as the Director of the PRIME Center.

Dr. Evan Peterson

 * Fr. Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics.  Fr. Cavanagh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, an MBA, a Master’s degree in Education, a Licentiate in Philosophy, a Licentiate in Theology, and a Doctorate of Business Administration.  Nationally recognized as a founder of the field of business ethics, he has given presentations all over the globe, and his research has been cited more than 2,300 times by other scholars.  He teaches business ethics to both undergraduate and MBA students.  A recent biographical sketch is available at

Fr. Jerry Cavanagh, S.J.

 PRIME Center activities include:

* Advances in Management & Ethics Research: A student-run journal that solicits, edits, publishes, and distributes research from around the nation on topics relevant to the PRIME Center mission.  Detroit Mercy students serve as the editors and peer-reviewers of submissions from students at other universities, helping them develop their research into publishable form.  In this manner, the PRIME Center truly serves as a resource for enhancing Management and Ethics education nationwide.  Research papers may be submitted for consideration beginning in September, 2019.  Click here for more informationGuidelines for authors will be posted here soon!

 * A speaker series that brings nationally prominent leaders of businesses, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, and governments to campus for presentations.  These executives and entrepreneurs share their expertise and practical ideas with students and faculty, ensuring that our academic programs and research stay relevant to the real world.

 * Expansion of experiential learning and leadership opportunities for students in business.  These include:

 * hands-on coursework, such as the Integrated Field Project, in which MBA students

   serve as business consultants to nonprofit organizations on live case projects.

 * service-learning projects, in which students use the skills developed in the classroom to

   benefit the community, while gaining practical experience.

 * internships, through which regional employers can hire an energetic labor force while   

   students gain resume-building professional experience and income.

 * leadership workshops, such as those offered by our Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

 * teamwork projects, in which students work collaboratively with diverse colleagues to

   solve managerial problems. The PRIME Center actively recruits a diverse student body

   for exercises in teamwork, collaboration, and leadership. 

 * Professional research on Management and Ethics by PRIME Center affiliates.  This research is shared at professional conferences, published in leading journals, and cited by scholars around the world.

Future plans for the PRIME Center include a Behavioral Dynamics Lab, in which teamwork and leadership are studied first-hand through audio and video recording of group interactions and remote conferencing.

Other Centers of Excellence in the College of Business Administration include:

* The Center for Social Entrepreneurship

* America’s Business High School

* The Financial Markets Lab

* Institute for North Korean Studies