Change: Learning to Enjoy the Mess

Note: this article is part of The Transatlantic Debate Blog series, which forms a conversation between Dr. Katrin Muff and Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins on business sustainability. Read the previous post here.

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Questions about the Unknowns, too many question marks

Few of us are caught by surprise these days when change occurs in our organizations.  However, the rapidly escalating pace of change can sometimes leave us breathless.  What’s worse, many organizations are now engaging in large-scale, transformational change, heading in a defined direction but not necessarily knowing where they will end up.  They adjust their change path as the journey evolves.  Thus people inside of the organization face great uncertainty as the process unfolds.

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Organizations of the Future – how to get there?

Note: this article is part of The Transatlantic Debate Blog series, which forms a conversation between Dr. Katrin Muff and Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins on business sustainability. Read the previous post here.

Organizations of the future can be recognized by a number of unique elements:

  1. They attract and retain talent with future-relevant competencies
  2. They are able to innovate as quickly as the outside world changes
  3. They have distributed power structures based on smart self-organizing units
  4. They build their purpose on solving burning societal needs and thus ensuring long-term economic viability
  5. They embrace stakeholders into their decision-making
  6. They have flexible and adaptive structures and processes

In short: they look very different from the typical large-sized organization of today.

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Closing the Gender Gap

Integrating GenderBy PATRICIA M. FLYNN, KEVIN V. CAVANAGH, AND DIANA BILIMORIA

What business schools can do to increase the number of women in the corporate world.

 

 

This article was originally posted in BizEd, on February 26, 2015: see www.bizedmagazine.com/en/archives/2015/2/features/closing-the-gender-gap

The data in this article is based on research highlighted in “Gender Equality in Business Schools: The Elephant in the Room,” a chapter in the newly published book Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining (Greenleaf Publishing). It is part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)/Greenleaf Publishing book series.

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GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing partner with the Italian Association for Management Education

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GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing are proud to be partnering with the Italian Association for Management Education (ASFOR) to launch the ASFOR Annual Case Writing Competition.

The competition aims to enhance and promote the case study method as an educational tool in management, and to help disseminate the very best cases internationally through publication.

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Sustainability’s Tipping Point

Chris LaszloChris Laszlo, Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University, is the author of numerous books on sustainability including Embedded Sustainability (2011), Greenleaf Publishing

 

 

 

A spate of recent articles condemns sustainability in higher education. The gist is that educators are foisting a “tightly organized set of beliefs” on students. These beliefs are alleged to be unfounded, inconvenient (one article cites “trayless cafeterias” in which students have to juggle their plates), and are depriving us of our fundamental freedoms. A National Association of Scholars (NAS) report goes so far as to assert that sustainability is not a discipline or even a subject area, it is an ideology that “takes aim at economic and political liberty.”

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