The Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at School of Business at the American University in Cairo and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Regional Chapter MENA (Middle East and North Africa), are pleased to announce the 2nd Responsible Management Education Research Conference: Inclusive Business, will be held 7-8 September at the American University of Cairo (AUC), in Cairo, Egypt.
The main theme of the conference, Inclusive Businesses, is a dynamic and growing field of business practice that is changing the development solution matrix for institutions, and actors working towards poverty alleviation, equitable development and inclusive growth. With a more strategic and developmental footprint, inclusive businesses transcend the conventional CSR model by advancing profitable supply and value chain partnerships with the poor, and socially responsible interventions. Serving as an effective and sustainable framework for poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor at the base of the pyramid (BoP), there is much to learn about the role, concepts and models of inclusive businesses in order to unleash its potential.
Building on the 1st Responsible Management Education Research Conference held in Chur, Switzerland in October 2014, the aim of this year’s Conference is to foster knowledge exchange and networking opportunities by connecting emerging as well as established regional PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups and other entities in the PRME community (both signatories and non-signatories), with key regional stakeholders and the wider audience of educators and representatives of universities, students, business, government, media, and civil society organizations; eager to advance their knowledge and skills integrating responsible management and sustainable development into their professional efforts.
Call for Contributions
The conference invites contributions to research sessions, interactive panel and roundtable discussions and poster sessions and demonstrations on various aspects of inclusive businesses, covering a broad spectrum of topics including poverty reduction, social entrepreneurship and social businesses, startups in the value chains of regional and multinational corporations, models for aggregating the production capacity of small producers, scaling up initiatives for inclusive businesses, impact investing and the role of strategic philanthropy and volunteerism in upgrading BoP players.
The conference will provide a forum for a truly global discussion of ideas, research, and showcasing projects and interventions that can help advance more inclusive businesses in practice and in management education, as well as achieving responsible business eco-systems.