#LTHEchat 210: Re-Thinking Responsibility: The role of Higher Education

“The Principles for Responsible Management Education have the capacity to take the case for universal values and business into classrooms on every continent.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

This week’s hosts

@DrClaireMay @drsustainable @DrJLouw2

This week we welcome an #LTHEchat takeover by three members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education UK and Ireland Regional Chapter @PRME_UKI who share a common interest in promoting responsible management education.

Dr Claire May @DrClaireMay is the Co-Chair of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland 2021 conference “Crises and the Re-Thinking of Responsibility” hosted by the University of Lincoln 5-7th July 2021.  She is an Associate Professor in marketing, specialising in sustainability and is the College lead for PRME.

Ardley, B. and May, C. (2020). Ethical marketer and sustainability: Facing the challenges of overconsumption and the market, Strategic Change 29(6):617-624

Dr Alex Hope @drsustainable is a past Vice-Chair of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland, and current Co-Chair of the PRME Working Group on Climate and Environment. He is Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University where he is responsible for teaching and learning.

Molthan-Hill, P., Hope, A., & Welton, R. (2020). Tackling Climate Change through Management Education. The SAGE Handbook of Responsible Management Learning and Education, 165.

Hope, A., Croney, P., & Myers, J. (2020). Experiential Learning for Responsible Management Education. The SAGE Handbook of Responsible Management Learning and Education, 265.

Dr Jonathan Louw @DrJLouw2 is Chair of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland and also organises the popular annual PRME Responsible Business and Management Writing Competition. In his day job he is a Principal Lecturer (Learning and Teaching) at Oxford Brookes Business School.

Louw J, (2015). ‘”“Paradigm Change” or No Real Change at all? A Critical Reading of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education.”‘ Journal of Management Education 39 (2) pp.184-208

Introduction

#LTHEchat 210 is hosted by Claire, Alex and Jonathan on behalf of the UK and Ireland Regional Chapter of PRME and asks us to consider “Re-Thinking Responsibility: The role of Higher Education”

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) were developed in 2007 to provide a global point of reference for all those committed to the nurturing of ethical, responsible and sustainable mindsets in university students and graduates. Some 900 signatories form a worldwide movement supported by a global Secretariat in New York. While the home of PRME is in business schools worldwide, many of its members pursue these commitments into other faculties, programmes and curricula.

Regional PRME Chapters, such as the UK and Ireland Chapter, help to advance the Six Principles (see below) within a particular geographic context, rooting PRME in different national, regional, cultural, and linguistic landscapes. They function as platforms for localized engagement from higher education institutions, and in cooperation with Global Compact Local Networks, develop projects and initiatives that support the Sustainable Development Goals regionally.

PRME recently held its annual Global Forum, an online sharing of insights and good practices drawing in over 2000 educators from all continents. Ahead of PRME’s UK and Ireland Annual conference on 6 and 7 July, this week’s #LTHEchat seeks to draw into conversation all those engaged in education and research linked to help frame a set of debates that will be pursued at our conference, to be hosted online by the University of Lincoln.

This year’s conference theme, ‘Crises & the Re-thinking of Responsibility’, is an acknowledgement of PRME’s ongoing role in the shaping of debates and practices and in inspiring universities to continuously re-think their purpose and practice. The declarations of a ‘Climate Emergency’, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the racial inequalities highlighted in 2020-2021 give rise to opportunities for reflection on the consequences of business as usual, the role and response of universities and the construction of the future. We aim to facilitate questioning and critique, reflecting on the purpose of education as well as practical applications of this in terms of advancing our pedagogy and creating effective research and collaborative partnerships. 

The questions we shall address in #LTHEchat 210 are linked to our three conference themes.

Theme 1: Advancing pedagogy; challenges and opportunities

Under this theme we particularly recognise that as responsible educators critically engaging with the UN SDGs we may need to move beyond the boundaries of our subject.

Theme 2: Partnerships with purpose; breaking boundaries

This theme recognises the importance of effective partnerships within the university sector and with organisations, social movements etc. outside the sector in order to realise the UN SDGs.

Theme 3: Creating a vision of socially and environmentally responsible education

Here we hope to draw out some of the more challenging questions regarding rethinking and purpose in this time of crisis.  What does it mean to educate responsibly in the context of social and environmental challenges such as: the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, loss of biodiversity, plastic pollution; decolonisation of the curriculum; continuing racial and other inequalities; and the accelerated use of artificial intelligence (AI)?

More information

If you would like to attend our Lincoln conference on 6 and 7 July, you can find more information here: http://prmeuki2021.org.uk/ The deadline for registration is 2nd July.

Useful Resources

The 6 PRINCIPLES

Principle 1 Purpose: We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

Principle 2 Values: We will incorporate into our academic activities, curricula, and organisational practices the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Principle 3 Method: We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.

Principle 4 Research: We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Principle 5 Partnership: We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.

Principle 6 Dialogue: We will facilitate and support dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

International Journal of Management Education – Special Issue on PRME (2020)

PRME UK and Ireland Website

PRME Global Website

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

6 Questions:

Q1 In the context of sustainability, what does responsible education mean to you? #LTHEchat

Q2 Can you share examples of working beyond your academic discipline to promote engagement with ethics, responsibility and sustainability? #LTHEchat

Q3 In the context of the SDGs what are the competencies & mindsets a university needs to be a good local, regional, national and international partner? #LTHEchat

Q4 What is a purposeful partnership or SDG project that has given you the greatest pride or had the most impact? #LTHEchat

Q5 If HE is to accelerate its contribution to shaping a more just and sustainable world, what is stopping us? What should we not be afraid to do? #LTHEchat

Q6 What is the purpose of a business school within the context of these challenges? #LTHEchat

Wakelet

You can revisit this TweetChat #LTHEchat 210 via its Wakelet https://wke.lt/w/s/DEMtcn

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