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Role of Potential PRME Chapter South Africa+ highlighted at 3rd Business Management Conference: Business Unusual

(Durban, 19 September 2014) - In an effort to address global economic challenges, scholars from various disciplines shared their research at the 3rd Business Management Conference, Business Unusual: Economy, Business and Governance in a Changing World. The multi-disciplinary Conference, which was first hosted by University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2011, was held by the College of Law and Management Studies, and attended by over 60 academics from all over the world. Academics presented on topics such as entrepreneurship, digital innovation, marketing and commercialisation.

The keynote address delivered by Prof. Manuel Escudero, Special Adviser to PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office, gave a broad overview of how business and management education are adapting to the changing world, and how the academic sector can build partnerships through PRME to achieve a more sustainable future. Delegates at the Conference agreed that a PRME Chapter Africa should be created and that University KwaZulu-Natal is ideally placed to facilitate the process, bringing together PRME signatories of the region in an inclusive fashion, in order to advance the Principles regionally, exchange experiences and lessons learned, and to promote peer learning.

We thank the hosts as well as the participants for this successful event and we look forward to ongoing conversations on the creation of PRME Chapter South Africa+.

For more information on the potential PRME South Africa+, contact Henry Wissink, Dean and Head of School Management, IT and Governance, University of Kwazulu-Natal at wissinkh@ukzn.ac.za.

For more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org.

19 Sep 2014

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