Five Business Schools form Council On Business and Society
University of Mannheim Business School (Germany) is partnering with ESSEC Business School (France), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (United States), School of Management at Fudan University (China) and Keio Business School (Japan), and will use a multi-cultural, multi-school approach to engage academics, policy-makers and corporate leaders in addressing key issues at the intersection of business and society.
The Council will create a multi-school process to study a series of critical issues facing business and society, organize an annual international forum for dialogue, and develop and disseminate educational materials designed to foster continuing debate on the issues. Combining the expertise of faculty members from each of the partner schools with that of representatives of business, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world will lead to unique insights and initiatives.
The inaugural forum will be held in Paris in the fall of 2012 and focus on “Corporate Governance and Leadership”. Subsequent forums will be organized by partner schools on a rotating basis and focus on such issues as health care delivery, responsible innovation, sustainable development, and financial regulations, among other topics.
Deans of the partner schools have worked over the past six months to set a strategic direction for the Council. They discovered that, despite their differences, the schools share a common belief in the importance of management education and the need for a global approach to the issues facing business and society. Faculty members from the schools will guide the intellectual content and output of the annual forum. The activities of the Council will be funded by contributions from the partner schools and support from various corporate and institutional partners.