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Business Expert to be Featured in Wheeling Jesuit's Distinguished Speaker's Program

WHEELING, WV, April 04, 2012 -- "Business Heroes in Fact & Fiction," will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Edwin Locke, guest speaker from the University of Maryland, at the next Wheeling Jesuit Distinguished Speaker's Program. The talk is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 at Wheeling Jesuit University's National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.

The presentation is part of the Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM) 2012 Distinguished Speaker's Program, sponsored by the BB&T Foundation.

"We welcome Ed to campus and encourage area business professionals to join us for his talk. We remain grateful to the BB&T Foundation for its support of our efforts in bringing national speakers and business minds to campus. Our students benefit tremendously," said Dr. Edward Younkins, Wheeling Jesuit professor of Accountancy & Business Administration.

Locke's discussion will examine the traits of business leaders who created great wealth and will show the similarity between these traits and those possessed by the business heroes in Atlas Shrugged.

Locke is the Dean's Professor of Leadership and Motivation (emeritus) at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. He received his bachelor's from Harvard in 1960 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Cornell University in 1964.

Locke has published over 300 chapters, notes and articles in professional journals, on such subjects as work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives and the philosophy of science. He also is the author or editor of 11 books.

His goal setting theory (developed with Gary Latham) was rated as number one in importance among 73 management theories.

Locke has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and of the Academy of Management. He has won prestigious scholarly awards from the Association for Psychological Science, the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is interested in the application of the philosophy of Objectivism to the behavioral sciences and role of induction in scientific theory building.

Founded in the spring of 2006 as a result of a major gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Wheeling Jesuit's ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and the topics surrounding it. The ISCM is housed in the School of Business.

The ISCM sponsors an annual series of programs, including lectures, seminars and undergraduate courses that provide students with a vibrant and distinctive educational experience.

For more information on the ISCM, please call 304-243-2087.

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