Details for Desautels Faculty of Management - McGill University

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Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

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McGill University


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Sign Up Date to PRME

10 Jul 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

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Letter of ​Commitment (2017)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University puts into practice the mantra that good business is more than the bottom line. We are committed to empowering students and all our stakeholders to make leading contributions within the school, the greater community, and in the global business world, by considering the effects of business on people, society, culture and the environment. Desautels incorporates a holistic, global scope in its programs through our signature integrated management approach, which encourages managers and management scholars to constructively face the tensions of different perspectives on value to implement strategies that transcend rather than accept trade-offs. This approach, championed by the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management, has been thoughtfully infused into interdisciplinary and co-taught courses and specialized academic programs. Desautels is a leading institution for research in responsible management and offers associated outreach activities that mobilize students, faculty and practitioners through internships, case competitions, and experiential workshops. Participants gain important insight and practice integrative approaches to solution-making in simulated and real-world contexts. In recognition of our efforts, Corporate Knights placed Desautels 6th in their Better World MBA Ranking. Desautels has also won pedagogical awards for sustainability programming including Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula (2015) from the Darla Moore School of Business and the Catalyst Award for Sustainability in Education (2016) issued by McGill University, and Desautels has been cited by the AACSB for Innovations That Inspire (2017).

Current educational programs related to responsible management at Desautels:
• All BCom undergraduate students complete a social context of business course as part of their program requirements. This course integrates ethics and sustainability into strategic decision making;
• Additional courses that explore responsible management are built into mainstream academic programs at the undergraduate level. Examples include: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Sustainability and Environmental Accounting, Technology and Innovation for Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting, and Strategies for Sustainability;
• A Major and Concentration in Managing for Sustainability were established by Desautels in 2014 in collaboration with the McGill School of Environment and the Department of Geography. Enrolment is growing and students receive specialized academic advising and career guidance. Student have exceptional post-graduation placement rates in highly impact-oriented organizations;
• A Concentration in Strategic Management - Social Business and Enterprise Option – was established in the Strategy Area in 2014;
• Relevant course options for MBA students include: Not-for-Profit Consulting, The Art of Leadership, Global Strategy and Leadership, Cross-Cultural Management, and Strategies for Sustainable Development;
• Specialized programs at the graduate level, like the International Management in Health Leadership program led by Prof. Henry Mintzberg, emphasize social, ethical and environmental contexts for enabling health sector excellence;
• The Desautels-HEC joint Executive MBA program includes a Sustainability Challenge, which introduces participants to sustainability concepts and enables them to consider how they could integrate it into their management practice to improve the organizations and communities where they work.

Going forward Desautels aims to:
• Develop enhanced programming and tools that help students identify their personal sense of purpose, and develop the ability to think critically about complex management challenges and design solutions;
• Provide additional support and resources to faculty who are interested in integrating concepts of responsible management and sustainability within their course offerings;
• Continue scaling the Managing for Sustainability programs while supporting students who wish to explore sustainability careers.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Over 40 Desautels faculty members conduct research in areas related to sustainability, corporate social responsibility, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Desautels faculty collaborate on large-scale research projects and programs led by integrative hubs that often collaborate with partners from government, non-profit and business sectors. For example, the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics has been a world leader in promoting the development of a novel, integrative approach to science, policy and innovation since 2001. Specifically this groups aims to address the persistent problem of hunger and under-nutrition, and the growing worldwide epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. As of 2016 a new research pillar called the Brain-to-Society Choice Model for Physical and Mental Health was initiated to develop and articulate a transdisciplinary and translational framework, anchored into decision neuroscience and behavioral economics, to improve what individuals and society can do to achieve better physical and mental health.

Going forward Desautels aims to:
• Enhance mechanisms for engaging students at all levels in research and knowledge development with partner organizations and business;
• Improve communication and public awareness of Desautels faculty contributions to responsible management;
• Further engage our vast network of alumni to ensure they are aware of sustainability initiatives at Desautels and ways in which they can become involved or lend support.

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