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The Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE), a premier academic center, was established in 2004 by Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in collaboration with Duke University Athletics and Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Through this dynamic partnership, the center leverages the intellectual resources and practical experiences of leading academic and practitioner institutions and individuals (both within Duke University and from outside the university) to respond to today's need for ethical leaders and leadership development.

COLE's mission is to redefine leadership and develop leaders for emerging global challenges. The Center does so through deepening and extending the way students, academics, and practitioners think about and practice business leadership and ethics in the 21st century.

COLE aspires to become the nexus of leadership thinking and leadership development for scholars and practitioners by being known for:

COLE's activities bridge theory and practice and provide numerous opportunities for involvement and learning to students, academics, and practitioners. The Center suports rigorous research, offers a leadership and ethics concentration for MBA students, recruites and advises a cadre of COLE Leadership Fellows, offer executive education programs and hosts the Fuqua School of Business & Coach K Leadership Summit (formerly the Fuqua School of Business & Coach K Leadership Conference) and the Coach K Leadership Roundtable. The center has also launched a Women's Leadership Initiative (WLEAD). Through these activities, COLE is at the forefront of understanding and implementing how ethical leadership education and research needs to evolve for the new world.

Under the direction of Executive Director Sanyin Siang and Faculty Director Sim B. Sitkin, the Center has assembled a distinguished Advisory Board, a Center Scholars Committee, Visiting Scholars, Executives-in-Residence, Research Director, and Management Team to help advance its mission. Duke Men's Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, author of best-selling business books on leadership, has joined the Center and Fuqua's faculty as an executive-in-residence, teaching and writing on leadership and ethics during the off-season.

Program Overview







The Fuqua School of Business
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business is a leading graduate business school and executive education provider. Fuqua's mission is to provide the highest quality education for business and academic leaders, and promote the advancement of the understanding and practice of management through research. The vigorous curriculum, responsiveness to change and new ideas and the emphasis on teamwork parallel the entrepreneurial style, collaborative atmosphere and leadership skills required by today's - and tomorrow's - changing business world.

Kenan Institute for Ethics
The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University is an interdisciplinary "think and do" tank committed to understanding and addressing real-world ethical challenges facing individuals, organizations and societies worldwide. Kenan foster students' capacity for ethical decision-making and develop ethical leaders; conduct interdisciplinary research that has practical implications; and shape public policy and institutional practices through partnerships with businesses, think thanks, non-profits, and policy makers. The institute promotes ethical reflection and engagement through research, education and practice in three core areas: Moral Education & Decision-Making, Organizational Ethics, and Civic & Global Ethics.

Duke University Athletics
The mission of the Duke University Athletics, ultimately, is that of Duke itself: "to engage the mind, to elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University."

The goal of the intercollegiate program is the same as that of the University's academic programs: excellence. In this context, excellence includes commitment to the physical and emotional well-being, and social development of student-athletes as well as to the development of their sense of citizenship, dedication to sportsmanship and fair play, the development of individual and team skills, the exertion of best effort, the will to win, and general conduct that brings credit to the University and is a source of pride and enthusiasm for all members of the Duke community.