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oikos Faculty Symposium

Professional Development Workshops

The oikos Faculty Development Symposium offers a platform for reviewing key strategies on how corporate sustainability can be integrated into teaching at business schools. The aim of the Symposium is to develop an overview of best practices and actionable know-how for integrating the corporate sustainability imperative at the participants' business schools and universities.

9.00 - 9.15 Introduction
9.15 - 11.00 Simultanous Workshops

PDW 1: Re-designing Management Education: Curricula Development Laboratory (convened by Andrew J. Hoffman, University of Michigan & Jost Hamschmidt, oikos foundation)

Impulse speakers:
John M Jermier, University of South Florida & Linda Forbes, Western Connecticut State University: The Politics of Sustainability in MBA Education in a College of Business in the United States
Kevin Laverty, University of Washington Bothell: The Fundamental Questions: Establishing an Agenda for Sustainable Business Education

This workshop has two objectives: 1) to identify trends in best practices in sustainability integration into management curricula on a school level and 2) to identify opportunities for accelerating curricular change. To reach these objectives, we will draw on the candid experiences of participating faculty involved in teaching and curricular development. This assessment on what works and what doesn’t will help us to develop collectively a set of best practices. In addition, we will provide a systematic review of the current trends by having a closer view at the participating schools of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Educations’ (PRME) member institutions.

PDW 2: Methods in Teaching Corporate Sustainability: Impact Assessment Laboratory (convened by Renato Orsato, FGV Sao Paulo & Luca Berchicci, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Impulse speakers:
Adele Santana, University of Northern Iowa: Business Strategy and Policy for Sustainable Development: Accessing Students’ Ideal Worlds
Rebecca Luce, Xavier University: A Major in Economic Sustainability (ECOS)

Increasing societal and environmental challenges, changing student values and a deepening interest in Corporate Sustainability Strategies and Social Entrepreneurship courses have strengthened demand for new, non-traditional methods in teaching (e.g. action-based learning, service-based learning). In this PDW we aim to understand the underlying theories of change in order to develop fundamental learning processes in different learning dimensions. By building on participants’ teaching experiences, we will identify elements of successful impact-driven methods for dealing with corporate sustainability challenges. Participating faculty will learn how to integrate these methods into their existing teaching portfolio. We encourage participants to submit course outlines or short exposés on their innovative teaching methods.

PDW 3: Beyond Teaching Cases: Using Simulations and Games to Teach Business Sustainability
(convened by: M
agali Delmas, University of California & Liudmila Nazarkina, University of St. Gallen)

Impulse speakers:
Elmar Friedrich, University of St. Gallen: The CEMS Model UNFCCC
Charles Corbett, University of California: Offshore Wind Farm. Negotiation game (tbc)

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a platform for discussing alternative methods for teaching business sustainability. Specifically, we will focus on simulations and games that can be used in addition to, or instead of, case studies. Case teaching is a well established method, and the number and quality of cases focusing on sustainability has strongly improved during recent years. Simulation games, on the contrary, are not as established as case studies; however, the use of simulation games can also result in great learning outcomes for students. In this workshop we will learn from experienced faculty who use simulations and games in business sustainability courses. We will also discuss opportunities and pitfalls of simulations and games as compared to more traditional teaching methods, including case studies.