Five top international business schools are joining forces to create the first Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management.
ESSEC Business School is partnering with the University of Mannheim Business School (Germany), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (United States), School of Management, Fudan University (China) and Keio Business School (Japan), and will use a multi-cultural, multi-school approach to engage academics, policy-makers and corporate leaders in addressing key issues at the intersection of business and society.
The Council will create a multi-school process to study a series of critical issues facing business and society, organize an annual international forum for dialogue, and develop and disseminate educational materials designed to foster continuing debate on the issues. Combining the expertise of faculty members from each of the partner schools with that of representatives of business, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world will lead to unique insights and initiatives.
The inaugural forum will be held in Paris in the fall of 2012 and focus on “Corporate Governance and Leadership”. Subsequent forums will be organized by partner schools on a rotating basis and focus on such issues as health care delivery, responsible innovation, sustainable development, and financial regulations, among other topics.
Deans of the partner schools have worked over the past six months to set a strategic direction for the Council. They discovered that, despite their differences, the schools share a common belief in the importance of management education and the need for a global approach to the issues facing business and society. Faculty members from the schools will guide the intellectual content and output of the annual forum. The activities of the Council will be funded by contributions from the partner schools and support from various corporate and institutional partners.
Pierre Tapie, Dean and President of ESSEC, and initiator of the project stressed “The countries of origin of the five partner institutions represent over 50% of global GDP. In fact, the gathering of 800 academics from different countries and continents can also contribute new insights into some global issues. This is the first time that we have set this type of joint ambition in close partnership with business schools, every one of them a leader in its right nationally while, as a groupPsychology Articles, we all share a belief in common values linked to our missions of academic institutions”.
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