Research in service of society

Student help co-create an MBA for the planet

A growing number of companies are increasing their commitment to sustainability – particularly those working with commodities, chemicals, consumer products, retailing and industrial goods and machinery. A university in Exeter, United Kingdom, has incorporated sustainability studies in its MBA programme – providing a transformative, reflective, and issue-based learning curriculum. Working closely with a well-known environmental […]

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Pedagogy of passion for sustainability

Current practices in teaching sustainable management are replete with scientific facts, analytical tools, optimization models, and management techniques. A Professor at a Canadian business school argues that we need to focus on transformative learning, reflective practice and fieldwork, and issue-centred learning when teaching sustainability – specifically by helping students develop a passion to tackle the […]

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Strengthening leadership in a family business

In the past more businesses were managed according to the long-term interests of the owners and their families. One peer-based learning organisation in the UK employs transformative learning techniques to help a large family business retain its core values of independence, creativity, innovation and quality, sustainability, globally responsible practice and financial conservatism.  Institutions: Oasis: School of […]

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A curriculum that supports student self-development

While many business and management schools consider the study of sustainable development as a specialist subject, a business school based in France places the field at the heart of its MSc Management course. Inspired by the six PRME principles, the school’s transformative and issue-centered learning approach encourages students to pursue their own goals, following a Pro-Act pedagogy […]

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Questioning what we think we know

Which cultural foundations and changes leave their mark on our society? How can we create optimal educational opportunities for our future leaders? A university in Germany has embraced culture, sustainability and entrepreneurship as its thematic focuses in research and teaching – helping address the future of social commitment to civil society in the twenty-first century. Institution: Leuphana […]

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Changing attitudes with the MBA for a Better Planet

A University in Canada plans to launch an MBA for a Better Planet. Students will combine a transformative classroom and online learning curriculum with experiential and field-based learning to better understand food systems and supply chains, barriers to a safe and secure food supply, and the role of business in development. The program aims to […]

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Collaborating for a sustainable future

A US university provides a service to society by blending scientific research, education and practical solutions, while helping support companies towards stewardship by bringing together the people and tools needed to address some of the world’s most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. Institution: Columbia University […]

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Applying whole person learning to real-world problems

A business school in Hong Kong sets an example to other institutions with its strong emphasis on ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance to its education and research agenda, which form a core aspect of its transformative learning philosophy. The school conducts wide-ranging community based work in promoting corporate social responsibility by encouraging its […]

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The Dream Factory: working for the common good

An international not-for-profit initiative empowers participants to create and lead their own social projects through issue-centred training in subjects ranging from leadership, organization building, project management, financial planning and fund raising. The institute offers a one-year program that uses a hands-on fieldwork approach, with a heavy emphasis on real world case studies. The curriculum is designed to support their “dream factory”, where participants learn how to convert their dreams of social change into reality.

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A concert of ideas

The challenges facing leaders in education, business and the social sector are exceedingly complex and wholly unsuited to solutions generated from within the silos of individual disciplines. These challenges cannot be resolved by business relying exclusively on traditional methods of analysis and linear models of causality. An international collaboration of performing artists use the power of music to create highly integrated learning environments. In their world, music is never just music – but rather the sound of ideas employed to build integrated learning environments, helping participants form new perspectives, address problems across disciplines and re-connect with their deepest values.

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