The Catholic University of America

Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

September 24 – 26, 2014

Paul Dembinski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Fribourg


Paul H. Dembinski has an interdisciplinary formation: on the one hand he has obtained a doctorate in economics at the University of Geneva (1982) followed by post graduate studies at Oxoford; on the other hand he is a holder of a licentiate in political sciences (1978) at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. His academic interests have evovled around the explanation of socio economic systems and the relationship with their institutions. Since 1990 he is associate Professor at the University of Fribourg where he teaches firms' aspects related to international competition and strategies. In addition he is interested in all those interactions enterprises have with respect to their immediate economic and social environment as well as their cultural and ethical issues.

Expert to international organisation such as UNCTAD, OECD, ILO and others.

Prof. Paul H. Dembinski is the initiator and Director of the Foundation of the Observatoire de la Finance. The mission of the Observatoire de la Finance is to promote awareness of ethical concerns in financial activities and the financial sector.

He is also the founder and editor of the quarterly bilingual journal entitled Finance & the Common Good. In parallel, he is partner and co-founder (with Alain Schoenenberger) of Eco'Diagnostic, an independent economic research institute working for both government and private clients in Switzerland and elsewhere.


There is a great variety of topics which have been touched within this large field: finance, international competition, ethics, from the creation until the passing away of firms, the situation of firms in transition economies included. The projects and mandates of Paul H. Dembinski are chacterised by three common grounds: a method which has been inspired by the analysis of economic systems and which has become knowns as "meso-economic analysis". This analysis attempts to clarify the relationship between the macro and the enterprise level of the firm. Within socio-economc systems an interdisciplinary attitude is essential.

These common grounds have found their way in the fields which are being taught for the time being: (a) all those issues related to ethics and the (social) responsibility of firms and in finance; (b) outlining the possibilities and advantages of entrepreneurial behaviour in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) given by an existing socio-economic context; (c) exploring the situation and the behaviour of Multinational Enterprises (MNE) with respect to their political and institutional context. Paul Dembinski regularly teaches at foreign Universities and High Schools in Spain, France, Italy and in partiular in Poland.


Main Publications

The Role of Large Enterprises in Democracy and Society (ed.), Palgrave, London, 2010

Pratiques financières – regards chrétiens (ed.),  Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, 2009 (in French only)

Finance: Servant or Deceiver? Financialization at the Crossroads, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009 (also published in French, Spanish and Polish)

Enron and the World of Finance – a Case Study in Ethics (ed.), Palgrave, London, 2005

Les PME en Suisse. Profils et Défis, Georg, Geneva, 2004 and Rüegger, Zurich, 2004 (in French only) 

Economic and Financial Globalization: What the Numbers Say, United Nations, New York and Geneva, 2003 (also published in French) 

La privatisation en Europe de l’Est, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), Paris, 1995 (in French only)

Economie et Finances, BPS, Berne, 1995 (published in French, Italian and German) 

The logic of the planned economy, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991 (also published in French)

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