Yale Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Staying Reputable On Russia
NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — The intellectual asceticism of nihilism found expression in some of the American CEOs. Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. Out of the same spiritual sickness which produced nihilism emerged the current Kremlin leadership in the Russian tradition of fanatical totalitarianism. The Kremlin has no respect for the individual, and hopes to sink everyone, and especially themselves, into the amorphous, indistinguishable mass of humanity. The holders of political power in Russia today are the siloviki. The siloviki are completely atheists, materialists, irrational, doctrinaire, despotic, and violent. The siloviki reject all thought, all art, all idealism, and all conventions. It is Russian asceticism turned inside out, and asceticism without Grace. At the base of siloviki´s nihilism, when grasped in its depth, lies the Kremlin´s rejection of the Western world. As chaos explodes in Ukraine and as the Russian invasion mounts the responsibility of the west, not being ethical when it comes to the War in Ukraine is taken as a moral suspect. The War in Ukraine paralyzed some of the CEOs in the United States thinking about their role and responsibility in the world. Originally most CEOs were united in support of Ukraine, but as the conflict continued the CEOs split along the same lines that divided other leaders in the world. Yale professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld decided to publish the “list of shame” — a list of companies for which money is more important than decency and social solidarity. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld has become the most celebrated American professor of our time. He has come to be recognized as the very portrait of American Moral Values. Professor Sonnenfeld, his colleague Steven Tian, and the Yale research team are maintaining a roster of corporate responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and are putting public pressure on Western companies that maintain operations in Russia. Professor Sonnenfeld writes in his latest article «Staying Reputable On Russia» of the historic global crisis, and gives a warning which is applicable: Yawning gaps in global governance have been revealed by the efforts of U.S. companies to curtail or halt their business with and investments in Russia following the country’s bloody, unprovoked attack on Ukraine. This philosophy is of great significance because it prepares the ground for pushing American CEOs and leaders in the world to act to benefit society and humanity.
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale School of Management, and Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies. Sonnenfeld is best known as the founder and CEO of Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI), affiliated with Yale University.
Sonnenfeld has advised thousands of CEOs as well as multiple U.S. Presidents and nominees from both parties, including Joseph Biden, Donald Trump, and Bill Clinton as a conduit between top business and political leaders. In addition to convening regular CEO conferences, in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 United States presidential election and the 2021 United States Capitol attack, Sonnenfeld convened top executives for several high-level, off-the-record discussions to plan the collective response from the business community. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, having done so 10 times. Amidst the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sonnenfeld was involved in efforts to encourage multinational businesses to exit Russia through the Yale CELI List of Companies in collaboration with top Ukrainian government officials.
Yale School of Management
The Yale School of Management (also known as Yale SOM) is the graduate business school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The School awards the Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA for Executives (EMBA), Master of Advanced Management (MAM), Master’s Degree in Systemic Risk (SR), Master’s Degree in Global Business & Society (GBS), Master’s Degree in Asset Management (AM), and Ph.D. degrees, as well as joint degrees with nine other graduate programs at Yale University. As of August 2021, 666 students were enrolled in its MBA program, 134 in the EMBA program, 70 in the MAM program, 32 in the Master of Global Business Studies program, 11 in the Master of Systemic Risk program, 56 students in the Master of Asset Management Program, and 59 in the PhD program; 122 students were pursuing joint degrees. The School has 90 full-time faculty members, and the dean is Kerwin Kofi Charles.
The School conducts education and research in leadership, behavioral economics, operations management, marketing, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and other areas. The EMBA program offers focused study in healthcare, asset management, or sustainability. The School also offers semester-long student exchange programs with HEC Paris, IESE, the London School of Economics, the National University of Singapore Business School, and Tsinghua University. Students may also propose a quarter- or semester-long exchange program with any of the 25 other schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management.