International business schools today should be relevant, flexible, responsible and fit for purpose in any age but ever more so in an age of growing global, societal and environmental challenges.

Understanding the role of business schools in the new emerging world is just the first step. Adapting to these changes will require rethinking of deeply embedded institutionalized practices and culture. At CBS we established several organizational frameworks that proactively meet the needs of international business environments.

Join us for an exciting session of experience sharing, debates and collaboration on how to grow responsible leaders with a skill set and capabilities aimed at rising up to global business challenges and turning these threats into opportunities.

Advance Registration (free) by June 15 is required to attend the panels being held during the CBS Engagement Day.

13.00 – 13.10 Welcome to CBS – The International Business University
Welcome by Dana Minbaeva, Vice-President for International Affairs at CBS

13.10 – 14.30 Implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Universities
(Advance Registration Required)

The SDGs present a unique opportunity for universities to implement sustainability throughout the institution including education, research, outreach activities and campus operations. The SDGs provide an outstanding platform for establishing collaborations internally and externally. Yet, despite the shared interest and enthusiasm around SDGs, most universities and business schools, including CBS, still search for the most efficient and effective ways to integrate more sustainable practices in everyday life. The panel will share best practices and debate how to advance the implementation of the SDGs in universities and business schools.
Louise Kofod Thomsen, SDG Coordinator and Center Manager at CBS Sustainability, and Project Manager for VELUX Chair of Corporate Sustainability
Susanne Stormer, Vice-President for Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
Löyttyniemi Meri, Senior Advisor, Sustainability, Aalto University
Petra Molthan-Hill, Associate Professor, Nottingham Trent University
Martin Eriksson, Network Manager, Sustainable Development Network Northern Europe, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development
Luna Stæhr Andersen, Sustainability Influencer and Student at Copenhagen University (CBS alumni)

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14.30 – 15.00: Enjoy Coffee and Meet Business-in-Society Platforms
Several years ago CBS adopted a new strategy called "Business-in-Society". The goal is to strengthen our position as a broad, interdisciplinary business university always maintaining a focus on our impact on the society and a commitment to research and research-based education.

  • "Business-in Society" Platforms are the main too for implementation that strategy. BiS platforms are cross-disciplinary research, education and outreach initiatives, and they draw upon and mobilize the full range of expertise within CBS in order to address a number of societal challenges.
  • Another strong focus of "Business-in Society" strategy is on innovation. Meet CBS Students – students' organization at CBS - and learn about their most recent innovative initiative: Student Innovation House. Students are transforming the old police station at Frederiksberg into a student driven platform for innovation. They are engaging students with different backgrounds around Copenhagen to collaborate with world-class researchers and committed actors within the private, public and civil sectors – to co-create sustainable positive impact in our society.

    15.00 – 16.30: Responsible Management Education in a Rapidly Changing World
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    Educating problem-focused and context driven leaders is part of CBS’ strategy of Business in Society. However, societies and economic realities are rapidly changing not least due to new global challenges, the exponential rate of developments in technology, climate change, resource scarcity, issues stemming from social inclusion and geopolitics, and increased public scrutiny leading to growing criticism of businesses and their practices. However, is current business school education in step with these new realities? Are the traditional business models we currently teach, aligned with the models needed to address this new world order? Is today’s business education relevant for tomorrow’s world?
    On an organizational level, business schools will need to establish operating frameworks that ensure they remain relevant while still meeting the needs of international business environments. On a practical or more concrete level, this may require changes in research, curriculum and teaching to formulate new skills and capabilities needed. Our panelists will:

  • Identify the key skills and competencies needed by graduates to take up global grand challenges.
  • Reflect upon the strategies business schools should employ to best integrate/disseminate these skills and competencies.
  • Share best practices as well as hurdles in teaching and research activities that promote and enable the creation of such skills.
    Caroline A Pontoppidan, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
    Gregor Halff, Dean of Education, Copenhagen Business School
    Jeremy Moon, Professor, Velux Chair for Corporate Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
    Hannele Mäkelä, Associate Professor, University of Tampere, Finland
    Edward Ashbee, Professor MSO, Copenhagen Business School
    Maribel Blasco, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
    Nima Tisdal, CBS Students Advisory Board

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