Transforming economics to transform business practice: Imperative for the future

by Sandra Waddock / Business as usual in business and management schools will not do any longer. With the world facing numerous political, social, and ecological crises – and a closing window of opportunity for change – it is well past time that management educators recognize the need for significant change in what and how … Continue reading Transforming economics to transform business practice: Imperative for the future

Complicating the stories we tell in business schools about indigenous peoples

by Jordyn Hrenyk and Emily Salmon / Indigenous Peoples are not often acknowledged in business schools, and when we are, the discussions had are often decontextualized, simplistic, and divorced from the diversity of Indigenous Nations around the world. If we want business schools to contribute to “shared prosperity and public value”, as Carl Rhodes wrote … Continue reading Complicating the stories we tell in business schools about indigenous peoples

Why are ‘elite’ management journals silent on issues that matter?

By Bill Harley and Peter Fleming / In 2013, the US Academy of Management conference (AoM) – the world’s premier meeting of management scholars – took place in Florida. The theme was compellingly called ‘Capitalism in Question’. Thousands of scholars presented papers on the dark side of global capitalism, studying the stark wealth inequalities now … Continue reading Why are ‘elite’ management journals silent on issues that matter?

COP26 legacy: A story of denial, delay, despair, complacency or action?

By Sarah Birrell Ivory / The climate crisis is one of the greatest crises we will face as a collective humanity of earthlings. November’s COP26 UN climate conference held in Glasgow was labelled by some as our “last best hope” to effect real and radical change to protect our own and future generations. In this … Continue reading COP26 legacy: A story of denial, delay, despair, complacency or action?

Why we’re doing climate communication all wrong

By Denise Baden / I first realised there was a problem when I was teaching business ethics using my typical method of a business ethics scandal – what not to do. I was shocked when one student thought I was educating them in cynical business practices – i.e., how not to get caught. I’m hoping … Continue reading Why we’re doing climate communication all wrong

Why are business schools killing our planet?

by Martin Parker / There is something of a tension between what business schools do and what they say. Not all of them, but most of them, are far more motivated by league table positions than climate change, social justice and exclusion. I suppose this shouldn’t surprise us, because for most b-schools, fee income is … Continue reading Why are business schools killing our planet?

Management education and the nexus of business and the women, peace, and security agenda

by Christina Bache / Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, establishing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Despite evolving into prominent global frameworks for inclusive development and sustainable peace, the links between the two remain unexplored, and the potential contribution of … Continue reading Management education and the nexus of business and the women, peace, and security agenda

The pandemic and climate change: Beyond COVID-19 and COP26

by Bobby Banerjee / About 25,000 people, including nearly 120 heads of state, have descended on Glasgow to participate in the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). And in a modest attempt to manage expectations the UN’s top climate official has warned ‘word conflict and chaos’ could be the result of … Continue reading The pandemic and climate change: Beyond COVID-19 and COP26

Hard matter: Heart matters

by Isabel Rimanoczy / As an educator, I spend time reflecting on the complicated world for which we are called to prepare students. Today we “know” more than before about the problems, causes, consequences, & urgency of our planetary challenges, and in our management courses we make sure that students step into that body of … Continue reading Hard matter: Heart matters

The woke business school

by Carl Rhodes / Woke capitalism has becomes a catchphrase for reactionary pundits who want to condemn businesses who are increasingly taking a stand on political causes and toying with a new form of ‘elevated economics’. Whether it be Nike’s support for Colin Kaepernick’s Black Lives Matter anti-racist politics or Gillette’s engagement with the toxic … Continue reading The woke business school