PRME Working Group on Poverty, a Challenge for Management Education
Business schools, as the main providers of educational services to future leaders, need to collaborate and develop new ways and means towards sustainable development and the development of responsible leadership for a better world. In this context, fighting poverty is not only one of the major Millennium Development Goals, but also a big challenge to management education.
In 2008, CEEMAN launched its first global survey on the relationship between management education and poverty. The survey, designed by Milenko Gudić, CEEMAN, Slovenia, and Al Rosenbloom, Dominican University, USA, received 154 responses from 33 countries from all over the world. The survey results were presented at the 1st Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, held on 4-5 December 2008 in New York, and published on the respective home pages of leading international associations focused on the role of business in society and the principles of responsible management education (CEEMAN, UN Global Compact sponsored initiative PRME, and Business in Society Gateway).
Following this, PRME suggested establishing a special PRME working group on fighting poverty. In order to expand and deepen future work in this area, the CEEMAN team designed and administered in May-September 2010, the CEEMAN/PRME Survey on Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education. Preliminary results of the survey were presented at the 2nd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, held on 23 June 2010 in New York, while a summary of the final results was presented at the 18th CEEMAN Annual Conference held on 23-25 September in Caserta/Naples, Italy.
The Final Report, with results based on 377 responses from 51 countries, was published in October 2010.
The aim of this collective effort is to work towards a proposal that introduces the issue of poverty in the curriculum and the learning methods in the education of future professionals, as part of the social environment in which business management operates.
Goals & Activities
The vision of the PRME Working Group on Poverty as a Challenge to Management Education is to be advocates for the integration of poverty-related discussions into all levels of management education worldwide. Our vision is grounded in our beliefs that:
- Poverty is a legitimate topic for discussion and research in schools of business and management
- Business should be a catalyst for innovative, profitable and responsible approaches to poverty reduction
- Multiple stakeholder engagement is needed for innovative curriculum development
In our role as advocates, we will:
- Create opportunities for multi-stakeholder discussions
- Foster discussions that lead to concrete results
- Disseminate reports
- Serve as a global repository for innovative curricular approaches, learning methods and educational materials that embed poverty in management education
- Support the development of a community of management educators, researchers and professionals committed to integrating poverty into the business curriculum
Our working group will disband only when the issue of poverty is deeply embedded in all levels of management education worldwide.
- Socially Responsive Organizations and the Challenge of Poverty (Publication) The first of two books on WHY to integrate poverty-related issues into management education, Socially Responsive Organizations and the Challenge of Poverty, co-edited by Milenko Gudić, IMTA Managing Director - CEEMAN, Al Rosenbloom, Dominican University, USA, and Carole Parkes, Aston Business School, UK, was published in July 2014. The book is co-sponsored by PRME and CEEMAN, the International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies. This edited collection consists of 24 academic chapters and cases written by 50 authors/co-authors from around the globe. The book addresses the global, regional and local leadership challenges of poverty, the implications for management education and presents thoughts on what lies ahead in bringing poverty-related issues into a new intellectual, research, educational and institutional agenda. Order the book here. Book two in the series, coming in autumn 2015, will focus on HOW to fight poverty thorough management education.
- May 2014 Poverty Reduction in Management Education (Webinar)
- Fighting Poverty through Management Education: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions (Report) On the occasion of the 3rd Global Forum, the PRME Working Group on Poverty as a Challenge to Management Education presented its Report on Fighting Poverty through Management Education: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions, as well as The Collection of Best Practices and Inspirational Solutions for Fighting Poverty through Management Education: A Compendium of Teaching Resources. The Report is based on the results of a CEEMAN/PRME global survey conducted in October-December 2011, which collected 435 responses from 70 countries. In addition to identifying main challenges and opportunities faced by business faculty and administrators in integrating poverty issues into their courses, programmes, modules, and curricula, the Report introduces a “Collection of Best Practices and Inspirational Solutions” as a useful learning tool and interactive platform for further experience sharing. This initial version of a future online platform, serves as a resource from which management educators around the globe could benefit, but also contribute to, by sharing their own experiences on including poverty-related issues into management education. Authors who contributed to the second edition of The Collection presented and discussed a selection of new best practices during the 2013 PRME Summit, which will be published and circulated in the coming months.
- Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise for the MDGs 2010 (Video)
- 5 May 2011 PRME Working Group Webinar (Power Point Slides)
- Presentation slides from the All Academy Theme session on the Informal Economy, Poverty and Responsible Management Education, held at the 2012 Academy of Management annual meeting in Boston, USA. Further details pertaining to each presentation can be obtained by contacting the authors: Dr. Gerard Farias: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mr. Milenko Gudic: email@example.com; Mr. Jonas Haertle: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Mzamo Mangaliso: email@example.com; Dr. Paulo C. Motta: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Hsu O'Keefe: email@example.com
How to Join
To join the Working Group, which now includes over 100 members from more than 40 countries, please contact Milenko Gudić, Founding Director, Refoment Consulting & Coaching, Belgrade, firstname.lastname@example.org or PRMESecretariat@unprme.org.