A Vision for Business Schools Serving People and Planet
Chapter 8: Engaging in the transformation of business and the economy
We have reached a stage in our history where society is growing increasingly aware of global issues. More importantly, we are beginning to actively adopt various tools to discuss and resolve them. The broad scale of the envisioned transformation cannot be a self-contained effort, a quiet initiative running in the background; the crises we face are simply too pervasive, encompassing all spheres of human activity, the economy and the environment. The transformation can only be achieved by openly embracing the power of public interest and intellect within a larger societal, economic and ecological context. The future is a public affair that concerns us all – and in order to effectively raise and communicate the current problems we need more people and institutions adopting the role of the statesman. In our understanding, the role of the statesman is an inherent part of a leadership role. Institutions in management education and individual faculty have a responsibility to assume the statesman role and strengthen their links and contribution to society. We anticipate their main contribution to cover two areas in the societal domain: (a) an active engagement in public debates, and (b) concrete and exemplary actions. In short, talking is important – but it needs some walking too.
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