The Catholic University of America

Feb. 11, 2009

CUA Marketing Professor to Receive 2009 Novak Award

Andrew Abela, associate professor of business and economics

Andrew Abela, associate professor of marketing, is the winner of the Acton Institute's 2009 Novak Award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.

Abela will receive the award at the annual Calihan Lecture, which he will deliver at CUA this November. The lecture, sponsored by the institute, is given annually by the award recipient.

Named after distinguished American theologian and social philosopher Michael Novak, the award recognizes new outstanding research by scholars early in their academic careers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of limited government, religious liberty and economic freedom.

Abela's research interests include consumerism, marketing ethics, Catholic social teaching and internal marketing communication. Believing that anti-free market perspectives seem to dominate discussion about the social impact of business, Abela is exploring Christian ethics to show how issues can be resolved more humanely and effectively through market-oriented approaches.

He is currently working on a "catechism" for business leaders, which will address tough ethical questions in business in the light of Christian social ethics.

A frequent guest on television and radio programs, Abela has recently addressed such issues as the moral underpinnings of the current financial crisis and ethics in advertising. He is also widely published in refereed academic and professional journals, including The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and The Journal of Markets & Morality.

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Mich. The institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles," according to its Web site.