Details for School of Economics and Business - Universidad de Navarra
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Sign Up Date to PRME
13 Apr 2017
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2017)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Based on solid anthropological foundations that inspire the mission and vision of our School, people and their comprehensive human education are the cornerstones upon which all the School’s activity is based. Consequently, the ethical aspect manifests itself in the daily operations of the School as an institution as well as individual staff members. In this context, and from a curricular perspective, the area of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is extremely important in the school. The undergraduate curriculum incorporates 3 compulsory classes on Ethics, as well as electives on CSR and reputation, and two out of three Masters include a course focuses on Ethics and CSR in their curriculum. Plans to modify existing programs incorporate an extension of the time devoted to these matters in official coursework. Another example of the attention the School pays to this area is the participation of the School in International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), with a team winning this competition in 2014 and 2016.
In the field of reputation, the School collaborates with the Corporate Excellence Institution in research on and dissemination of reputation, social responsibility and institutional communication. Major Spanish corporations have teamed up to launch a think tank to promote corporate brand and reputation management as a strategic driver of business excellence.
Regarding sustainability, the University as a whole has endeavored to move towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable campus over the last few years and many measures have been taken in this direction. The premises of the School of Economics and Business were designed in line with clear sustainability criteria. Specifically, the new Amigos Building, which hosts the School of Economics and Business, is regarded as prime example of sustainable architecture. We believe that this awareness of environmental issues will be transmitted to our students.
From an academic perspective, we strive to make sustainability part of our curriculum in a number of ways. For example, in the international case competition organized by the school this year, one of the cases focused on a firm´s environmental responsibility. This academic year the school has offered a seminar in “Sustainability as driver for innovation”, as well as identifying environmental issues as one of the main topics in the course “international agenda”, which this year focused on extreme poverty in Africa. For the next academic year the school is offering courses in “Technology, nature and society” and “Sustainability - A Driver for Market Creation”. The school has also identified courses where sustainability and environmental issues are addresses from various perspectives (these include microeconomics, public economics, global political economy, business ethics, corporate social responsibility).
Our aim is to continue to offer and expand our students´ exposure to these issues, both through academic courses, and by creating other opportunities and forums (such as short seminars, examples in the form of cases, expert talks, etc)
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
We regard research as an important part of our work, which reaches students in direct and indirect ways. The school has several professors who are very active in the area of Business Ethics. They lead a research group on Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, with participants from over 25 universities worldwide. These professors routinely take part in prestigious conferences in the field and have published more than two hundred items (books, chapters of books, and papers in the most important journals in the field), for example “Exploring the Ethical Dimension of Hawala” in the Journal of Business Ethics, “How different is Neo-Aristotelian virtue from Positive Organizational Virtuousness?” in Business Ethics: A European Review, “Ethical Codes and Corporate Responsibility of the Most Admired Companies of the World: Toward a Third Generation Ethics?” in Business and Politics, and The common good of the firm in the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition in Business Ethics Quarterly
There are also a number of past and ongoing research projects dealing with sustainability. One of the research projects sponsored by the Volkswagen chair looks at “CO2 footprint reduction in long distance supply chains”. A sample of other research projects includes “Persistence, Mean-Reversion and Non-linearities in CO2 Emissions: Evidence from the BRICS and G7 Countries” in Environmental Resource Economics, The persistence of air pollution in four mega-cities of China” in Habitat International, “Market consequences of wind generation promotion: towards a rational energy policy” in Energy Forum.
We expect our research output in both CSR and sustainability to continue or even grow in the near future, as there are a number of doctoral students and full time professors doing research on these fields. Furthermore, our current search in the job market includes an interest for young professors working on environmental issues.