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PRME Working Group on Anti-Poverty Produces 2016 Annual Report

15 February 2017 | New York -- The PRME Working Group on Poverty: A Challenge for Management Education has finalized a summary of activities and accomplishments over the past year in a new report launched today.

The 2016 Annual Report identifies key outcomes from the international group's efforts to produce research and case studies into how management education can become a source of anti-poverty efforts. To facilitate the internal dialogue that would help define future initiatives, the Group conducted a 3-round Delphi survey among its members from February-April 2016. Delphi Surveys are a method for finding consensus in a group through successive rounds of idea evaluation and re-evaluation.

In addition to being actively involved in the overall design, promotion and organization of the 3rd Responsible Management Education Research Conference held on 9-10 November 2016 in Krems, Austria, the Working Group proposed a special conference track on poverty issues related to the conference theme of “Linking the Sustainable Development Goals and Management Education in Universities.”

Group members Ali Awni and Milenko Gudić chaired the Workshop on Poverty, a Challenge for Management Education held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, on 13-14 April 2016.  The workshop was an opportunity to present the PRME Anti-poverty Working Group and its activities and resources to a broader audience from MENA Region, including those from PRME non-signatories.

For the third, consecutive year, the Working Group co-sponsored the Student Essays Writing Competition launched and organized by the WG member Anastasiya Marcheva from D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics in Svishtov, Bulgaria. The WG co-chairs, Al Rosenbloom and Milenko Gudić, were involved as consultants to the project, which focused on the general theme of “Inclusive Business: A Tool for Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.”

The co-chairs of the Working Group (Milenko Gudić, Al Rosenbloom) and Group member Carole Parkes have edited two books published in the past two years in a PRME/Greenleaf Series on Poverty and Management Education. While the first one (Responsive Organizations and the Challenge of Poverty, published in 2014, focused on the question WHY integrate poverty issues into management education, the second  one, described below, focused on the question HOW. These two books are included in The Greenleaf/PRME book series,  and listed in the Greenleaf Publishing eCollection to Support the UN SDGs.

In addition to contributing to the above described activities and deliverables, Anti-poverty Working Group members have been active in other PRME related activities, including those implemented at the respective PRME Regional Chapters, but also at other international associations and networks. Their involvement was supported by regular WG Updates which are disseminated among Group members bimonthly.

During 2017, the Working Group has promised to streamline its communications and outreach to expand the Group's efforts within the anti-poverty field, while supporting continued work within the responsible management education industry. 

The Working Group currently contains 172 members from 137 academic institutions across 53 countries. 

Read the full report here.

For more information, please contact the Working Group chairs:

Milenko Gudić, Founding Director, Refoment Consulting & Coaching, Belgrade, Serbia,

Al Rosenbloom, Dominican University, USA,

15 Feb 2017

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