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Good afternoon from London. With the Oscars a couple of months away, it reminds us that acting is not just for actors. There are times in our working lives when putting on an act at work helps to survive tricky moments — a sign of emotional intelligence. Thank you for reading our Business School Briefing...

Case studies about sustainability are now playing a key role in shifting business school teaching away from the concept of shareholder primacy. As the Responsible Business Education Awards demonstrate, they cover an increasingly complex range of topics. Even so, some experts are calling for greater diversity in a teaching tool that, even when focused on...

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Runner-up Jan Bebbington, University of Birmingham; Henrik Österblom, Beatrice Crona, Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, University of Stockholm; Carlos Larrinaga, University of Burgos; Shona Russell, Bert Scholtens, University of St Andrews Accounting and accountability in the Anthropocene Runner-up Christopher Marquis, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism Runner-up...

It is difficult to define, challenging to achieve and hard to quantify, but the FT’s Responsible Business Education Awards show that a positive social impact can be made by business school academics, through their research. Not only does their work tackle significant societal problems, but their findings are driving change in policy or practice. Some...

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The phrase “responsible business” might prompt a cynical smirk — and the suggestion that it is an oxymoron. But a significant number of companies are embracing the principle of people and planet alongside profit. The education sector is adapting, too. For at least half a century, shareholder primacy dominated the curriculum in business schools, and...

It used to be so simple: business schools could tailor courses to traditional career paths, such as banking, investment and consulting, and equip alumni with the knowhow to accelerate up the corporate ladder and maximise their salaries. The better the alumni performed, the better the schools performed in MBA rankings, and the more candidates vied...

Impact investing has moved from the fringes towards the mainstream in the past few years, driven by the ever more evident effects of climate change and rising inequality. The sector is now worth at least $715bn. Yet, as investors and fund managers focus on impact, many business schools and their curricula are struggling to keep...

It was not so long ago that Jaclyn Rosebrook-Collignon and her colleagues were dismissed as the “hippies on the third floor”. But, over the 12 years that she has been head of sustainability and global responsibility at Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) in France, she has seen her role change from that of grassroots agitator...

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During the first year of their MBA at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa, students are required to work with local non-profit organisations on community projects that tackle social problems. “In the past, our focus was on driving competitiveness. Now it’s about responsible management education,” says Morris Mthombeni,...

Good afternoon from London. When mistakes occur, leaders who shift the blame on staff destroy trust within the team — and beyond. It’s best to investigate what went wrong and how to avoid repeating mistakes. We like to hear your ideas on how. Also, read our Responsible Business Education report, and find out whether schools...

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