In collaboration with the 2013 PRME Summit – 5th Annual Assembly, case story contributions were invited for the Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME, Second Edition: Learning to Go Beyond, which continues where the first edition, released at Rio+20 last year, left off. It contains a range of case stories around how business schools are putting sustainability principles into practice.
The multiple examples within the Guides have shown us the many different ways of implementing responsible management education and research. They show that the Six Principles of PRME are interrelated and often inseparable and that, often, all it takes is a group of committed individuals who champion these efforts to get started.
The case stories can be a source of inspiration for new projects, or they may help you further develop existing projects. Over the upcoming months, we will feature some of the examples from the Guides in more detail. Here we start with an overview of the Second Edition:
Part 1 – Beyond knowledge-only: Creating new competencies explores the range of competencies needed for responsible managers, including domain competencies, self-competencies, social competencies, and procedural competencies. Examples include Aalto University School of Business Master’s Programme in Management and Creative Sustainability, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame signature course Foresight in Business and Society, Milgard School of Business innovative course on Board Governance and Babson College‘s work with a social enterprise in Italy. It also looks at a range of teaching approaches, such as Copenhagen Business School’s Responsibility Day, ESPOL-ESPAE Graduate School of Management’s use of diverse study teams, Nottingham University Business School‘s intercultural approach to leadership education, and the University of Auckland student projects focused on inspiring positive change.
Part 2 – Beyond the classroom: Scaling experiential learning explores how learning through experience can be a powerful educational method for creating the competencies mentioned in Part 1. Examples include Leeds University Business School’s module in Volunteering and Enterprise, University of West of England Faculty of Business and Law’s Annual MBA Sustainability Study, Bentley University’s innovative social enterprise, Rotterdam School of Management’s course on Companies in Ecologies, Course, The American University in Cairo’s extracurricular student clubs, Externado University of Columbia First Steps in CSR programme, and Lagos Business School’s module on sustainable management.
Part 3 – Beyond the business school: Mainstreaming PRME across HEIs explores how to embed PRME in an interdisciplinary and larger institutional context. Examples include Aston University’s 2020 Strategy and Ethical Framework, Coventry University Business School, Faculty of Business, Environment and Society’s work to connect sustainability with the work of their research centres, and ESADE Business School’s mission to be a centre for social debate for society.
Part 4 – Beyond campus introspection: Making an impact through networks explores how academic institutions work in greater networks to scale their impact. Examples include the Ethos Initiatives, supported by IEDC-Bled School of Management, IAE Business School’s Center for Governance and Transparency, Ivey Business School’s 39 Country Initiative, Sabanci University School of Management’s Independent Women Directors Project, and ISAE/FGV’s work to strengthen the sustainability movement in Brazil.
Part 5 – Beyond education-only: Harnessing research and publications explores how education and research can move sustainability discussion forward. Examples include Glasgow Caledonian University’s Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and the Center for Responsible Management Education research projects.
For more information on the Inspirational Guide, and to access the case stories, visit the PRME website.