Business schools have largely remained focused on curricula organized by traditional functional areas and practices. Management education has often treated globalization as a marginal issue and one primarily focused on economic and financial processes. Outside business schools, globalization was seen as not only involving corporations and trade, but also issues of global sustainability, social responsibility and universal human rights. As documented in Beyond Grey Pinstripes, these topics have emerged as a core part of learning in relatively few business schools. The emergence this year of The Principles for Responsible Business Education launched at the Global Compact Leadership Summit in Geneva in July 2007 will dramatically change the nature of managerial education. A recent article by Sarah Murray (2007) cites the executive director of the U.N Global Compact as saying "This is the next generation of leaders and we want them educated in these issues" She also notes that "students have demonstrated a wave of interest in courses that cover everything from human rights to climate change". The Global Compact's focus on environmental sustainability and human rights offers the opportunity, in partnership with the business schools for a radical new approach to business education for the new economy.
|Keywords:||Global Compact, Sustainability, Human Rights, Management Education|
Professor, College of Business, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
Associate Professor of Management, Department of Management, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
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