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PRME/CBS International Conference on Responsible Management Education: Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change

On 23-24 November Copenhagen Business School hosted the “PRME/CBS International Conference on Responsible Management Education: Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change”. Contributing to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP15) on 7-18 December 2009 a tangible outcome of the conference is The Copenhagen Conference Declaration: A Call to Action for Management Education that sets out three focus areas for the role of business schools in relation to climate change: 1. Integrate Climate-related Topics into Management Education 2. Research the Role of Business in a Low Carbon Economy 3. Lead by Example The conference structure was very interactive and through engaging panel debates and involving workshops the conference discussed how business schools can help solve the climate crisis through new educational approaches, sustainable leadership, innovative research models and new forms of partnerships. From the various sessions we distilled the following outcomes: 4 Competencies 1. Understanding of the political process 2. Understanding broader societal perspectives – long term perspectives 3. Creativity, interdiciplinarity, imagination and innovation 4. Personal leadership: communication, engagement, trust, tangibility, integrity 4 Best Practices of Curriculum Change 1. Flexible, imaginative formats, co-created with e.g. students 2. Climate change teaching should be integrated into core curriculum 3. President/top management’s commitment 4. Learning by doing - creating new business cases 4 Wishes for Curricula Change 1. Integrate and reward extracurricular student driven activities, not necessarily credits 2. Engaging inward (business school administration and faculty) and outward (strategic business partnerships) seeing initiatives as a part of a larger vision for society 3.Active students should act as ambassadors in promoting climate change curriculum 4.Sustainability needs to be integrated into mainstream curriculum 4 Most Important Research Topics 1. Development of holistic approaches to determine life cycle analysis for emerging new climate friendly technologies 2. Identifying the institutional ”acupuncture points” to lever for policy and institutional infrastructure change 3. Identifying the intersection of stakeholder skills interests and values and the institutional infrastructure necessary to promote collaborative networks and synergies that can overcome the complexities of climate issues 4. Business models for systemic changes (e.g. open innovation, technology platforms, cooperative models and frameworks, strategy under uncertainty, socio-economic dynamics) The input from the conference will be used by the “PRME Working Group on Climate and Curriculum Change” that was formally launched during the conference to produce a Practical Guide to Climate and Curriculum Change to be presented in Summer 2010. Please find presentations and other outcome documents from the conference at the conference website: http://cbs.dk/forskning/konferencer/prme2009/menu/program In the near future we will be making a call for working group membership and the first webinar in for this working group will take place the first week of February. Check the Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change working group page on the PRME website for updates on this topic.

03 Dec 2009

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