Sustainability in the curriculum for responsible management education

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This year, the UWE Student Union introduced for the first time ever the ‘Sustainability Teaching Award’ as part of their student experience award scheme. This is also a demonstration of their quest for integrating sustainability in the University curriculum at large. A member of BLCC, Dr Svetlana Cicmil,  was among the 6 academics shortlisted for this award following the nominations by UWE students. An educational activist and scholar passionate about responsible business and management education, Svetlana experiments with pedagogies which address, in a critical and participatory way, the global sustainability agenda and international development. The ultimate aim is to offer the students a truly multidisciplinary dialogical learning experience in the class which is, in turn, a mix of UWE masters students from different fields (MBA, Environmental Management, global political economy,  sustainable development) . A student’s comment illustrates this :

“…. As an MBA student, … I had little to no exposure to sustainable development, … theory, perspectives, models or initiatives that were in this field. Not only has Svetlana shone a light and provided knowledge of sustainable development …, she has provided me the space to develop my own growing perspective, interpretation and definitions.”

Reflecting the spirit and the ethos of BLCC, Svetlana is convinced that we “cannot develop global leaders without addressing in the curriculum some of the most pertinent issues of our time, such as: ecological crisis, global ethics, and corporate responsibility related to equitable sustainable development. Being a complex and multifaceted concept, a mixture of technological, moral, political and sociological concerns, sustainability is relevant and can be linked, to every aspect of the business and management curriculum”.

More information about this award and the related UWE SU initiatives.


Studying Leadership – an exciting new publication from Doris Schedlitzki & Gareth Edwards

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‘Studying Leadership: traditional and critical approaches’ is a fantastic new book by our very own Doris Schedlitzki and Gareth Edwards, here at UWE!

The book includes:

A unique timeline structure to develop students’ knowledge of leadership theories through time

Contemporary topics including ethics, sustainability, authenticity, toxicity, followership and gender & diversity to ensure students are up-to-date with the latest research

6 long integrative case studies to encourage students to relate theories to the real world

Over 140 reflective questions to develop students’ critical thinking skills

A companion website which includes video links and SAGE journal articles to develop  students’ understanding. There’s also a tutor guide, experiential exercises and  PowerPoint slides for lecturers

Check out this link for more details and to order your inspection copy now!

…and congratulations to Doris and Gareth from all of us here at UWE!