GBSN Annual Conference

The role of business in society is changing rapidly, especially in emerging markets. While continuing to act as an engine of economic growth, an increasing number of companies, large and small, are adopting notions of shared value creation and taking a larger stakeholder view of the firm. There is agreement that businesses can address social as well as economic challenges effectively and efficiently in partnership with governments. This view is reflected in the explicit incorporation of business as a change agent in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact initiative. Student attitudes also reflect this shift. More students aim to make a positive impact in the world and are seeking careers that share these values.

The above trends are relevant for schools in both developed and developing countries. Examples abound of business schools embracing this new and wider role actively, questioning traditional (probably more Western) views. They do that through consulting, applied research, experiential learning or by acting as catalysts of economic and social change. In this changing context, the question arises of how business schools can assess their relevance and impact in the economy and society at large, including a wider range of stakeholders (students, local communities, NGOs, policy makers, corporations, governments, entrepreneurs, etc.) This central question of impact assessment forms the focal point of discussion in the GBSN 2019 Annual Conference.

Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly & Prof. Michael Posner give a keynote address titled “Buiding a 21st Century Business Education: The Example of Human Rights”.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 9:15 - 10:00 am
Location: Nova School of Business and Economics

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KEYNOTE ADRESS - Building a 21st Century Business Education: The Example of Human Rights

Global companies have an enormous impact on people and communities all over the world. They are drivers of economic growth (or decline) and environmental sustainability (or degradation), for example. And they are critical to improving (or eroding) respect for human rights. What kind of business education is being demanded by these responsibilities in the changing global landscape? This session addresses this question as it relates to the most pressing issues at the intersection of business and human rights.

Picture of Dorothée Baumann-Pauly during her talk
Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly
Picture of Michael Posner during his talk
Prof. Michael Posner
Picture of Dorothée Baumann-Pauly during her talk
Prof. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly