Sustainability-minded donors are becoming agents of change
Posted July 9, 2020
While the future of giving maybe uncertain, environmentally driven philanthropic support for business schools is growing
In 2018, a €40 million ($61 million) gift marked one of the largest sustainability-linked donations to a global business school.
Swiss billionaire, conservationist and pharmaceutical company scion André Hoffmann and his wife, Rosalie, chose to give to INSEAD, a graduate school based in France with locations on four continents, not for a new building or program but for an idea: to reimagine business as a force for good, not just profit.
While the future of post-pandemic giving is uncertain, philanthropic support for business schools to incorporate sustainability is a budding phenomenon.Continue Reading...
Mintzberg’s Declaration of Our Interdependence
Posted May 25, 2020
The rebel of management theory issues call-to-action to rebalance society
Henry Mintzberg, an award-winning academic, contrarian thinker and Order of Canada recipient, is not afraid of big ideas.
Described as “the rebel of management theory” by Forbes magazine in 2019, Mintzberg is a tart critic of business schools that teach graduate management education as if it were a science like engineering and medicine. Instead, the management studies professor at McGill
University’s Desautels Faculty of Management believes managers become successful leaders through practice and experience. As faculty director for McGill’s International Masters for Health Leadership, Mintzberg leads a program to equip global healthcare professionals with tools to become thoughtful leaders, not number-crunching technocrats.Continue Reading...
New youth council targets sustainable business education
Posted March 17, 2020
Student leaders prod business schools to modernize how they teach about the climate crisis and income inequality
Impatient for transformational solutions, a handful of sustainability-focused undergraduate student leaders in Canada have joined forces to mobilize youth and prod business schools to modernize how they teach about the climate crisis, income inequality and related issues.
The Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development, officially in operation this month, is on a mission to share knowledge and drive change – with youth leading the charge.
“Youth have a tremendous role to play in changing business education and also changing the field of sustainable business development,” says council chairman Maxime Lakat, a McGill University Destautels Faculty of Management commerce undergraduate. “Student organizations like the ones in the council can be tremendous agents of change.” He is also co-president of the Desautels Sustainability Network, one of seven student-led business school sustainability associations that founded the council.Continue Reading...
Joining academic forces generates a win for sustainability
Posted February 4, 2020
Multidisciplinary degrees at universities of Calgary, Guelph and McMaster bring real-world approach to green business
Kristin Skelton returned home from overseas in 2014 when the economy of her home province of Alberta was at a low ebb.
“I was applying for a lot of jobs and not getting anywhere,” says Skelton, a sociology undergraduate with a work internship in Washington, D.C., and teaching experience in Asia.
She decided to return to school for a graduate degree, spotting an intriguing program at the University of Calgary. A 16-month Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development, offered jointly by Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering and the university’s faculties of Law and Environmental Design, hit the right notes with its interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy.Continue Reading...
Business schools up the grade on sustainability
Posted November 8, 2019
Top schools say the time is now to get serious about greening MBAs
There have been some promising signs of progress in business education of late. Special issues of top-tier academic journals are being devoted to sustainability and the climate crisis. New core and elective business-school courses are exploring United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. More scholars interested in sustainability are being hired.
Much heavy lifting remains, but sustainability-linked topics are increasingly being integrated into core and elective courses at business schools – an encouraging development as Corporate Knights publishes its 2019 “Better World” MBA global rankings. This year, 146 schools (up from 141 in 2018) were evaluated for their sustainability performance, based on publicly available data, on faculty research, citations in top journals, core course content and relevant research institutes and centres.Continue Reading...
MBA grads paying big dividends for the world
Posted November 8, 2019
Meet three business school graduates leading ventures with social impact
For three business school graduates, one common thread is a commitment to communities and clients. Here are their stories:
Managing director of New Generation Consulting
Cristine Sousa, with a strong family history of community engagement, arrived in Portugal in 2014 on a full scholarship for a master’s of international management at the Nova School of Business and Economics. The two-year program, including a six-month exchange at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management, is offered through Nova’s membership in a global alliance of business schools known as CEMS. For her degree, Sousa specialized in social enterprises.Continue Reading...