Symposium on the Futures of Sustainability & Institutions Addressing Sustainability
Lionel Huntley Henderson,
Shirley Mo-ching Yeung,
•The Futures of institutionalising responsible management.
•Redefining the Principles for Responsible Management Education such that they map against emerging 'wicked problems'.
•The legitimacy of the Principles for Responsible Management Education independent of the United Nations.
•Decentralising the Principles for Responsible Management Education governance and configuration, facilitating evaluation of the local impact of, and responses to, global 'wicked' issues.
•Management education in 2068 may cease to be a discrete discipline but, rather, be imagined as one which fully supports, and is integrated with, other disciplines.
The authors explore the potential relevance of the United Nations initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in 50 years’ time, including whether, and how, the six Principles on which it is based will change in any way.
More than 10 years’ after the launch of PRME, the need to address sustainability in management education is perhaps becoming even more acute, in part due to indirect and contextual issues, including those relating to the environment and geopolitics, and in part due to more direct factors, such as the trends in artificial intelligence. In this context, the authors consider whether PRME might still exist in 2068 and, if so, what it might look like. The research is based on semi-structured discussions, based on the seven questions approach, involving the authors and participants who were senior managers, academics and students based in PRME signatory higher education institutions in China and/or had academics expertise in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The principal results are the imagined institutional, educational, and occupational changes that may have an impact on the future of PRME. The main conclusions are an ongoing investigation of the ‘wicked problems’ as identified in the findings.
Development Research Centre for PRME
Development Research Centre for Principles for PRME is located in Hangzhou, committed to researching, putting forward opinions and suggestions about the overall, comprehensive and strategic issues related to PRME's global extension, national operation and regional development, researching international and domestic PRME development trends and their impact for comparison and analysis, collecting, organizing, and developing information to provide usable data for scholars around the world.
John Wilson and Lionel Henderson, two of the authors of “Principles for responsible management education in 2068”, are academicians at Development Research Centre for Principles for PRME.
Professor John Wilson
Professor John Wilson has many years of teaching in UK universities, has served as Dean and Associate Dean of business schools in various universities and participated in the National Quality Assessment of British Business Schools. Professor John Wilson is the adviser on the development of digital textbooks on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Taylor-Francis Publishing Group and the overseas committee of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Lionel Henderson
Dr. Lionel Henderson has many years of teaching, and his teaching content covers economics, management, accounting, etc. Dr. Lionel Henderson has lived and taught in China for more than 10 years and has a deep understanding of China.
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