The prestigious EBEN Annual Conference themed “The Development of Responsible and Sustainable Business Practice: Habits, Mind-sets and Business models” ran jointly with the 3rd Annual PRME UK & Ireland conference hosted this year as a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University Business School and University of Nottingham. The conference was preceded by the Early Career Workshop for emerging scholars.
This collaboration offered the opportunity to attract a significant number of delegates (160), renowned keynote speakers (e.g. R. Edward Freeman, Pat Werhane and Henk Oosterling), and a considerable international presence (21 nationalities from across the globe).
The event created opportunities for academics and practitioners to network, share best practices, and learn from each other. We believe our aims of promoting ethics and excellence in business, building capacity in responsible management education, increasing awareness about ethical challenges in the global marketplace, and creating dialogue around the role business in society were facilitated by our time together.
The innovative presentations under the two sub-themes “Changing habits, rethinking business models” and “Pedagogy: beyond the business school” included curriculum design, student engagement, leadership development, take away tools and offers of collaboration across the participants. The best full papers will be included in the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Business Ethics Education.
Our conference was joined by Robin Hood, who re-awakened the urge for social justice, equalit , and the love of the forest in our assembly. The famous outlaw also led people through the heart of Nottingham to watch the movie True Cost with its heartfelt message of Sustainability.
We were thrilled about the high level of engagement and enthusiasm for the event, and are looking forward to continuing conversations in the future! We would also like to thank the many staff members who helped make this a resounding success! The two universities would like to continue collaborating in the future and are now pursuing the idea of a joint student conference (MBAs and Masters) challenging them to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into management education.