Apply: Transforming Management Education – the Role of Humanities and Social Sciences, Copenhagen Business School, 4th-9th June 2013

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It`s fashionable to refer to the state of business and the financial economy as being in crisis. The metaphor of crisis triggers the cues for emergent action. But few people (can and do) take action to slow down, reflect and initiate thoughts for iterative transformation.

A partnership between the University of St Gallen Contextual Studies program, the Copenhagen Business School`s Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy, and the Haniel Foundation Germany took the lead and did so with management education. In 2011, the European consortium of management schools embarked for a European debate on what the Carnegie Foundation Study on Rethinking Management Education initiated in the US.

“Some students are half asleep going through their educational process, not really thinking they are the ones who are driving this,” said Ellen O’Connor during a workshop at the University of St Gallen in November 2012. O’Connor continued, “The formation of a human being, the development of a society and the relationship of the individual to the larger collective – this is the asset of the humanities. We completely lost that. I don’t know where this conversation takes place, but it belongs into a business school.” A remarkable statement, as O’Connor has taught for over 30 years in the most prestigious business schools in the US. Thus, O`Connor is not the only one who looks for guidance at the European debate in reforming management education. “We are ten years behind Europe,” said book author Robert G Hastrom at the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium, which took place this March at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.

Student Reporter invites a group of four students to capture the essence of this movement at their next workshop taking place at Copenhagen Business School. As journalists, you will trace the origin of the movement and critically observe its action steps forward. Candidates should feel comfortable following an academic debate and transforming it into journalistic texts. Optimally, you lived through the experience of an undergraduate management program. You have a passionate interest or radical opinion on rethinking education in general and management education in particular.

Project dates: Students will receive supervision and training by Student Reporter staff during two online webinars in May. You will meet one day before the workshops starts and stay one more day to wrap up article ideas (arrival 4th June morning – departure 9th June 2013). You are expected to write a total of four articles, including one article before the workshop.

Selected candidates are also invited to attend and report on an educational experiment at the University of St Gallen, the week after the workshop.

Compensation: Accommodation expenses in Copenhagen are covered and as well as travel costs to Copenhagen up to 200 CHF.

Application: Candidates must be enrolled in a European program in higher education. The deadline for applications is 15 April, 2013. Please send to admission@projourno.org (write “SR@ManagemtEdu” in the email subject header):

1) a resume

2) a motivation letter (including tentative article ideas), and

3) either a critical opinion article or a satirical story about (your personal) management education (experience) (max 850 words).

The program is supported by Haniel Foundation Germany within the framework of the Haniel Seminars at the University of St Gallen; for information on the Haniel Seminars click here and for the debate on integrative management education here.

Workshop Impressions, St Gallen, November 2012

Feature Image: Jean-Paul Sartre; Credit: generationrose.com.

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