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Annual AOM Meeting to Feature Input from Head of PRME Initiative

4 August 2016, New York, USA | PRME Secretariat — The annual meeting of the Academy of Management will feature a panel discussion with insight from the Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Jonas Haertle.

Under the title “Responsible Management Education in Action: Developing Faculty Competences,” the discussion will explore ways for faculty in the management education profession to further their own understanding of the teaching styles and ways of thinking that the subject area requires. 

Further, it will provide opportunities to share experiences and engage with experienced colleagues with the intention to build a professional network that may support participants in developing colleagues’ and their own competences for responsible management education when back in their home institutions.

Haertle, who will be one of the dozen presenters at the event, pointed out that since 2007 the United Nations has called for more “responsible” management education, guided by the Six Principles of PRME.

“The need to consider sustainability, responsibility, and ethics as guiding principles in management and the education of managers has been increasingly agreed among educators,” Haertle said.

“Besides agreeing that responsible management is important, faculty needs to be prepared for the changes in curriculum, teaching styles and ways of thinking that responsible management requires.”

The five day AOM meeting, set to begin in Anaheim, California this Friday under the theme Making Organizations Meaningful, welcomes nearly 10,000 participants from academia, the public and the private sector to debate current trends and strategic objectives of the management academic community. It includes over 480 universities and business schools from 87 countries, many of which are signatories to PRME.

The input from PRME, its head figure, and its signatories at the AOM meeting is a natural fit. 

In the context of the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, key figures in the private sector as well as academia have noted with concern the slow pace of change in the business community towards addressing the world’s lingering development challenges. The United Nations Global Compact — the only major UN-affiliated body that seeks to galvanize progressive and responsible change in the world’s private enterprises — is an example of an effort to corral greater action from this sector. 

PRME, an initiative of the Global Compact, seeks to provide a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in business schools around the world and to equip today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. The initiative engages business schools to ensure they provide future business leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the SDGs.

During the 2015 AOM meeting in Vancouver, session president Paul Adler highlighted the role of PRME and its engagement with members of the Academy.

“I’m so delighted to see so many of our members playing key roles in launching and sustaining these initiatives,” Adler said, while adding that many of the business school responsible management education initiatives are being evaluated and discussed in the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal

“I'm eager to see the academy become a host platform for more discussion and more debate on the best ways we can move forward together,” he added.

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To learn more about the panel discussion featuring Jonas Haertle, the Head of PRME, visit our website events page.

If you are interested in learning more about the Principles for Responsible Management Education, visit unprme.org and sign up for our PRME Newsletter. Read our blog, PRiMEtime, and connect with us via our social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

04 Aug 2016

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