Details for Ashridge Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Sign up Date To PRME
01 Apr 2008
Last Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
19 Dec 2012
Sharing Information on Progress (2012)
Ashridge PRME SIP - Developing Leaders Who Create Value Sustainably
Sharing Information on Progress (2010)
Innovation in a changing context: Ashridge's PRME Sharing Information on Progress Report June 2010
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Ashridge has taken several steps to integrate consideration of sustainable development and corporate responsibility throughout its own educational and related activities, but recognises the limitations of what this can achieve, so has also entered into several partnerships to promote this approach throughout the management education sector.
Questions of responsibility and sustainable development are weaved through Ashridge’s full time MBA programme, as well as being considered holistically through a compulsory two week module in the middle of the MBA considering the changing role of business in society and its implications for business leaders.
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability are also integrated into other qualification programmes, including the Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting, where questions of sustainability and ecology are reflected upon in a module held at the renowned Schumacher College.
Ashridge's expertise in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility increasingly feature where appropriate and where there is client demand in many of Ashridge’s open enrolment and customised executive management and leadership development programmes.
Some of our key programmes which build on Ashridge’s strengths in research, consulting and teaching in the areas of sustainability and responsibility are:
*Integrating Corporate Responsibility - a three day programme for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility leaders. www.ashridge.org.uk/icr
* The Business of Sustainability - a two day programme for senior executives or strategic decision makers seeking to grow their business profitably and sustainably. www.ashridge.org.uk/bos
* MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility - a unique, innovative and exciting two-year, part-time programme for people who seek to address more deeply the question of how they or their organisation can operate in a genuinely sustainable and responsible way. www.ashridge.org.uk/amsr
ASHRIDGE AND SUSTAINABILITY
*United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education
Ashridge participated in the global taskforce to develop the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education in 2007 and became one of the first business schools to adopt the principles when they were launched. Ashridge currently participates in the UN PRME working group on curriculum integration.
*Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award
Since 1999, Ashridge has been challenging MBA candidates from across Europe and further afield to consider questions of corporate responsibility and sustainable development as part of the learning experience that prepares them for organisational leadership.
Ashridge recently announced the launch of the Ashridge Sustainable Innovation Award, in association with EABIS and supported by HP and WWF. The theme of this year's award is sustainable innovation: creating value from the shift to a low carbon economy.
*Contributing to the COP15 Copenhagen Climate Negotiations
Two weeks before the beginning of the COP15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009, Ashridge was invited to participate in a United Nations forum convened at Copenhagen Business School on climate change and the implications for management education, as a feed-in event to the COP15 negotiations.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Ashridge's Centre for Business and Sustainability is constantly undertaking research in new areas surrounding sustainability and business. Below are a few of our current projects:
*New Ashridge research on sustainability and organisational change
To explore the question – How do we successfully effect change towards sustainable business practice? Ashridge has launched an action research inquiry, bringing together sustainability and CSR professionals from sector-leading businesses to research effective practice within their own organisations and identify actions for achieving more ambitious and far reaching change.
Alexandra Stubbings, the inquiry's facilitator, says "taking an Action Research approach to this inquiry enables us to not only explore, in detail, the conditions that lead to successful change, but also uncovers new opportunities for experimentation and innovation. The very process of asking new questions in our organisations can prompt new thinking, and that's what successful engagement with environmental and social responsibility requires".
So far the inquiry group includes representatives from Banking, Technology, Manufacturing, FMCG, Retail and Media, as well as Ashridge itself. The group is planning to publish its initial findings towards the end of this year.
If you'd like to know more about the research or are interested in participating, contact Alexandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Global Leaders of Tomorrow
This project is part of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) Corporate Knowledge and Learning Programme and has received financial support from the EABIS Founding Corporate Partners IBM, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Shell and Unilever.
The project has been conducted in support of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and was launched at the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 4th December 2008.
The research has been led by Ashridge Business School with Case Western Reserve University, the Center for Creative Leadership, China Europe International Business School, IEDC-Bled, IESE, INSEAD, Tecnológico de Monterrey, the University of Cape Town and the University of Waikato.
The research also sends a clear message about how best to develop these knowledge and skill sets – traditional approaches are not enough, learning facilitators need to use a broad range of learning approaches to develop the global leaders of tomorrow.
Because the issues are complex, senior executives believe the most effective learning and skills development comes through practical experience, whether the learning is on-the-job, project based, experiential or through action learning approaches. Senior executives also value learning from mentors and peers through learning networks. These learning experiences can be enhanced by structured reflection through coaching or appreciative inquiry.
Although learning approaches like conventional e-learning and lecture-style learning are less rated by executives, these are likely to still have a role where more straightforward knowledge transfer and basic awareness raising is required as part of a broader, blended learning experience. But learning programmes that rely heavily on a lecture-based format are not fit for purpose.
The research identifies examples where a number of leading companies have already taken steps to develop these kinds of knowledge and skills among their senior executives. Case examples include Unilever, IBM, Novo Nordisk, BG Group, ABN Amro and InterfaceFLOR.