Program Opportunities

Two PhD Positions in the Governance of Natural Resources and Sustainability for a Just and Fair Energy Transition | Copenhagen Business School

Two PhD positions in the governance of natural resources and sustainability for a just and fair energy transition, at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for two PhD positions in governance of natural resources and sustainability for a just and fair energy transition at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC).

Both PhD positions (project A and project B) form part of work packages under the research project ‘Frontiers of natural resource and sustainability governance for a just energy transition’ (FRONTIERS).

At an overall level, FRONTIERS aims to advance knowledge for a just and fair transition, which involves and respects those (such as communities or individuals) who are at risk or in practice adversely affected by mining of minerals for the green transition. Comprising four complementary work packages and a focus on land-based and potential deep-sea mining as a field of natural resource exploration, we will explore effects of risk-based due diligence demands for the industry; industry and investors practices; and potentially complementary normative ideas related to the rights of nature. Ultimately, the project seeks to develop insights that may support a comprehensive assessment of eco-system impacts as an aspect of risk-based due diligence for mining of minerals for the transition and investments in the industry and the value chain, including the solar and wind power and energy storage industries. Some fieldwork in mining countries and/or with relevant industries is envisaged. Please see https://frontiers.cbs.dk/ for details.

The central objective of PhD project A is to explore and advance our understanding of the effects of legal requirements on risk-based due diligence in value chains and non-financial reporting (disclosure) with regard to transition minerals mining. As part of this, the project should explore what factors, including in legal demands and organisational practices, are conducive to adequately identifying and preventing social, environmental and wider eco-system harm or risks, including in multi-tier supply chains in complex settings for environmental and social impacts. Research can, for example, address:

  • An exploration of policy objectives in home or host countries for mining industry and in the European Union (EU) in regard to processes for companies to identify risks or actual societal harm and manage such risks or harm;
  • An exploration or mapping of legislative texts from selected countries and administrative guidance on risk-based due diligence related to social, environmental and wider eco-system risks and harm related to the mining industry and its green energy value chains;
  • An exploration of company needs and preferences for risk-based due diligence demands from governments and the private sector (including investors) for impact assessments of societal risks;
  • An exploration of risk-based due diligence uptake in one or more companies in the mining industry and/or green energy companies, and cascading of due diligence along the value chain;
  • Lessons that may be learnt or passed on from due diligence and responsible business conduct in land-based mining towards deep-sea mining.

The central objective of PhD project B is to explore and advance our understanding of how institutional investors apply risk-based due diligence for human rights and the environment in decisions on investment in companies involved in extracting minerals relevant for the energy transition and the supply chains for such minerals. As part of this, the project should explore how institutional investors seek to shape practices in the investment chain for land-based transition minerals and potential expansion into the deep seas to identify and prevent social, environmental and wider eco-system risks and harm.

Research can, for example, address:

  • how institutional investors apply risk-based due diligence demands to understand about risks of or actual societal harm related to their investments in the transition mining industry
  • how institutional investors seek to shape the investment chain’s conduct in order to prevent and manage harmful societal impacts, including through impact assessments and deployment of their influence/leverage;
  • how institutional investors seek to advance cascading of risk-based due diligence awareness and practices along mining value chains;
  • how institutional investors apply due diligence demands to ensure that affected stakeholders who host or live near transition minerals mines are meaningfully engaged in decision-making on the mining:
  • In regard to assessment of societal impacts and deployment of risk-based due diligence, what lessons may be learnt or passed on from institutional investors’ practices in regard to land-based mining towards deep-sea mining, including for comprehensive impact assessment.

PhD project B is expected to be undertaken in close collaboration with at least one Danish institutional investor with a leading role in risk-based due diligence and sustainable investing.

Stanford Seed Transformation Program is Accepting Applications

Stanford Seed is looking for high-potential CEOs/founders of established companies with annual revenues between USD $300k-$15M who are motivated for growth and based in Africa, Indonesia, or South Asia to participate in the 2025 Seed Transformation Program. This 10-month program combines in-person and online learning experiences tailored for business leaders along with their management teams, to identify growth opportunities and formulate actionable plans to revolutionize their businesses. Apply by 15 May.

Details

Program Fee and Scholarships

  • Indonesia: US $6,000
  • Africa: US $9,500
  • South Asia: INR 8,00,000

Thanks to the generosity of founding donors Robert “Bob” King (MBA ’60) and Dorothy “Dottie” King, and many others, this program is offered to you at a fraction of its actual cost. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, the cost of the program has been subsidized in part by the De Beers Group.

In addition, scholarships are available to smaller enterprises, women founders, and social entrepreneurs. Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants who advance to the interview stage.

Requirements

  • CEO/Founder of a for-profit business with revenue between US $300K – $15M
  • Primary operations based in Africa, South Asia or Indonesia
  • Have a management team of at least two people in addition to the CEO or founder
  • Applicants from most industries are eligible

Program Schedule & Commitment

10 Months | January – November 2025 | Blend of in-person and online

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

2x week-long classroom sessions for CEOs/Founders

AFRICA
Week one: 19–24 January in Nairobi, Kenya
Week two: 9–13 June in Accra, Ghana

SOUTH ASIA
Week one: 19–24 January in Chennai, India
Week two: 9–13 June in Chennai, India

INDONESIA
Week one: 19–24 January in Jakarta and/or Bali, Indonesia
Week two: 9–13 June in Jakarta and/or Bali, Indonesia

2x full-day workshops held at your company with you, your Seed Business Advisor, and management team (dates tbd)

ONLINE CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

5–8 hours/week for CEOs/Founders
2–4 hours/week for management team

CEOs/Founders Receive a Stanford GSB Certificate

Company Receives a Certificate of Participation

Global Academy – Insper

The Global Academy is an Insper’s portfolio of short-term courses designed for undergraduate students from Brazilian and international institutions with relevant topics in entrepreneurship, innovation, ESG, and technology, among others. In 2024 it will be the second edition of the program. Insper’s short-term program offers an enriching academic experience that equips you for new challenges and opportunities in Brazil and overseas.

Classes are intensive, full-time, taught in English, and with a minimum of 40 hours of contact per course. As a credit-bearing program, students can have equivalences for elective courses at Insper or as per the policies of their respective educational institutions.

During the program, students will visit companies and institutions to enhance their market knowledge and participate in extracurricular activities that foster international experience and sociocultural awareness.

Application

Students must be attending an undergraduate program. In addition, be at least 18 years old, over the age of majority in Brazil, and submit their university enrollment certificate.

To access more information on dates, fees and program details, go to the page for each course.

For further questions, please contact us through the email: globalacademy@insper.edu.br

Human Resources and Talent Management of Korean Companies – Loyola Marymount University

The Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) South Korea program is a joint collaboration between Loyola Marymount University and Florida International University. The program is designed for educators interested in developing a greater understanding of doing business in Korea and exploring how Korean companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, LG, SK and Lotte have emerged as global competitors. 

This program focuses on learning the key factors driving talent management of Korean companies to enhance local as well as global competitiveness. Participants will gain firsthand experience about how South Korea has grown into a trillion-dollar-club economy that ranks the 10th largest in the world and has become a global innovation leader known as the “Miracle of the Han River.” Participants will visit top multinational companies, providing them with an opportunity to interact with executives and senior managers to discuss the intricacies of Korean management. In addition, participants will tour and visit historical sites for cultural experiences. Attendees will also listen to special lectures delivered by local scholars and network with other faculty to explore collaborative curriculum development and research interests.

A $4,000 program fee will cover hotel accommodations (based on single occupancy) with daily breakfast, ground transportation for activities, entry to cultural sites, business visits, and some meals. International airfare is not included.

Program Fee: $4000

Covers hotel accommodations (based on single occupancy) with daily breakfast, ground transportation for activities, entry to cultural sites, business visits, and some meals. International airfare is not included.
Scholarships available, apply below.

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2024

Positive Impact Rating 2024 is LIVE NOW!

What is the Positive Impact Rating?

The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) evaluates business schools based on their societal impact and commitment to continuous improvement. Unlike traditional rankings, PIR emphasizes purpose-driven education, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By joining, schools gain a competitive edge, showcasing their commitment to sustainability and societal impact, and attracting purpose-driven students and partners.

Why Join the Positive Impact:

Showcase Your School

PIR is the only global rating that highlights business schools committed to societal impact and providing a 21st-century education that prepares students for global challenges. More Information

Strengthen Your Accreditation

Many schools utilize PIR’s data to enhance their accreditation reports for organizations like AACSB, EQUIS, and UN PRME. More Information

Support Your Change Process

The rating incorporates student feedback on your school’s societal impact, offering valuable insights for your internal change initiatives. More Information

Compare and Improve

PIR’s Dashboard features downloadable reports and visualized data, allowing you to compare your school’s performance with others and identify areas for improvement. More Information

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ITP Programme | Essentials of Teaching and Learning

The International Schools of Business Management (ISBM) was created more than 50 years ago to improve the teaching and learning that goes on in business schools everywhere. Through its flagship programme, the “International Teachers Programme” (ITP), it has transformed the lives and careers of thousands of business school faculty and those who learn from them. 

The ITP, a multi-week, in-person programme delivered annually at ISBM member schools, trains participating faculty in “active learning” pedagogies and transforms their mindsets from focussing on teaching to creating environments in which learning comes alive. The essence of the ITP experience has now been extracted and distilled into ISBM’s newest and most scalable and accessible programme, “The Essentials of Teaching and Learning,” delivered in a remote learning format.

The Essentials

Given the wide array of teaching and learning opportunities that exists for business school faculty these days, your first question is likely to be, “What’s in it for me?” and, perhaps, what’s in it for your institution, as well.

What’s in it for me?

  • Proven content: The ‘essentials’ distilled from the ITP.
  • Your best self: There’s no single best way to teach. We’ll help you develop your own unique identity as a teacher. 
  • An international network: You’ll get hands-on, highly interactive learning in the company of dozens of highly motivated and like-minded international faculty peers, all of whom care about excellence in teaching.
  • An enhanced reputation: Learn from and get to know star faculty from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds from some of the world’s top business schools.
  • Fun, passion, and purpose: You’ll learn how to shape your classroom culture to deliver amazing experiences for every student. 
  • Impact: Most of us don’t teach just to make a living. We’re teachers who want to make a difference in the lives and careers of those we teach. The “Essentials of Teaching and Learning” programme will boost your impact. 

Who should join?

  • Inspiration: The transformation of your institution’s culture from one of teaching to one of creating learning environments is inspiring to behold and to be a part of.
  • Credibility: Show your faculty, students, and other stakeholders that your institution values and supports excellence in teaching. 
  • Enhanced student experience: Your students’ learning experience matters!
  • Faculty recruitment and retention: Attracting and retaining top faculty gets more difficult every year. Faculty appreciate working for institutions that invest in developing their skills.
  • Relevance: Organisations of all kinds – pretty much everywhere – need to be better managed. Your institution, drawing on the more than 50 years of learning from the ISBM consortium schools, can lead the way. 

Programme structure

  • Interactively designed and delivered
  • Four half-day sessions via Zoom
  • On four consecutive Fridays
  • With small-group breakouts and other engaging activities
  • Conducted in English
  • Time zone friendly from 12:00 noon to 4 PM Central European Time
  • All in all, taken together and apart from its content, a demonstration of highly effective teaching that can serve as a role model for any kind of teaching and learning setting.

What the programme is not

  • Not a webinar you can watch with one eye, while checking your email with your other one!
  • Not a course about online teaching
  • Not about teaching with new-fangled digital tools
  • Not top-down, one-way content delivery
  • Time zone friendly from 12:00 noon to 4 PM Central European Time
  • All in all, taken together and apart from its content, a demonstration of highly effective teaching that can serve as a role model for any kind of teaching and learning setting.

Practical Information

2024 Programme Dates

Fridays April 5, 12, 19, and 26

Time: 12 noon to 4 PM Central European Time

Fee

Full fee: €800

Early bird discounted price: €600

Registration

Opens at 12:00 noon CET January 15, 2024

EARLY BIRD discount (limited places available) 

ends at 12:00 noon CET January  31, 2024.

Payment

In full at time of registration by credit or debit card

on the “Essentials of Teaching and Learning” Eventbrite page.

Non-refundable, non-transferable.

Applications OPEN – DHL GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program 2024

Deutsche Post DHL Group and GBSN partner to break down barriers to global trade.

In furtherance of our mission to improve management and entrepreneurial education, GBSN has partnered with one of its corporate members DPDHL to develop the GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is designed to partner selected postgraduate business students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world with the aim of fostering greater cross-border trade. This directly addresses our collective mission at GBSN –– to improve access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurial education for the developing world. GoTrade is education and access.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2024 ARE NOW OPEN.

Online Certificate for Fintech in Africa | Centre for Financial Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE)

Why FinTech in Africa?

Africa’s digital economy is rapidly evolving and demonstrating significant growth, with  Business Insider suggesting that African fintech market is anticipated to reach $150 billion by 2025. As digital technology becomes increasingly embraced across the continent, it becomes crucial to develop a skilled workforce capable of driving innovation and progress.

CFTE, Elevandi and Singapore Management University recognise the significance of cultivating a digital workforce in Africa and the importance to upskill the community with the latest Fintech knowledge and enhance the fintech literacy. Therefore, CFTE, Elevandi and Singapore Management University offered this Online Certificate for Fintech in Africa to support 5000 students in Africa and professionals grasp the opportunities in the new world of digital finance.

About the Programme

The Online Certificate for Fintech in Africa is a foundational programme in Fintech. Learners will go through the building blocks of the future of finance: Fintech, AI, Blockchain, RegTech, Payments, Open Banking and Sustainability, while learning the most important trends in the region from ecosystem players.

The programme includes 7 Masterclasses and 6 Sessions of industry insights, launched for the Inclusive Fintech Forum (IFF) 2023. Programme will be available until December 2024.

Masterclass

20 min lectures from experts

Learn the real-world Fintech case study

Earn an industry-accredited certificate by CFTE, Elevandi and Singapore Management University

You will earn a certificate once completing the programme. It can serve as a stepping stone to further advancement in your career.

Woxsen University Faculty Exchange Fall Semester 2023 Nominations Now Open

The application deadline for the Fall 2023 Semester is June 5, 2023.

Greetings from Woxsen University, India. The Faculty Exchange Program is open for faculty of all schools – School of Business, School of Arts & Design, School of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, School of Law and School of Sciences.

As part of the immediate next steps, the International Office Coordinator at your university must share the faculty nominations by filling in the application form. Additionally, the coordinator must attach and send the following docs to support the applications as per the given timelines:

  • Faculty’s Updated CV.
  • Faculty’s Valid Passport
  • High-resolution picture of the Faculty.

Nomination Deadline: June 5, 2023

Submission of required documents: June 5, 2023

Issue of letter: 7-10 days after submitting the documents

GBSN for Business & Human Rights Exhibition | Conversations with the Next Generation

Background

The Rana Plaza factory located in Dhaka district (Bangladesh) collapsed on 24 April 2013. 1,134 people died and an estimated 2,500 people were injured. The collapse is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history. 

The Rana Plaza factory collapse led to worldwide outcry and pressure on fashion companies to change their business practices. As an immediate reaction to the disaster, apparel brands, retailers and workers unions signed a global framework agreement to improve occupational safety and health standards in the Bangladeshi garment industry: the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, otherwise known as “the Accord”. 

The accident also played an important role in the field of business and human rights. In France, one of the countries related to the event through French apparel and retailer companies supply chain, the factory collapse accelerated efforts by lawmakers to adopt duty of vigilance legislation, passed in March 2017. Other legislations were adopted by local and national authorities in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The debate has since expanded at the global level and within regional authorities, the European Union currently working on a proposed mandatory human rights due diligence legislation: the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence directive.

To reflect on the legacy of this dramatic event, GBSN is inviting our global community to engage and facilitate conversations in their local communities for wider dissemination. Conversations can take the form of event recordings, various forms of publications, illustrations, multimedia presentations, audio recordings, and more.

These conversations should be designed to include business school students, their lecturers and key business and human rights stakeholders including business professionals, policymakers, and civil society.

“Rana Plaza is an emblematic case study for the role of human rights in business.

Discussing root causes and the systemic human rights risks that resulted in the Rana Plaza tragedy is highly relevant for students that are training to become future business executives.

On the tenth anniversary of Rana Plaza, we want to learn from this tragic case in conversation with business school students. We need to build their capacity to transform business models so that human rights are at the core of all business operations.”

Dorothee Baumann-Pauly

Objectives of this activity

1

COMMEMORATE

Commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster and pay tribute to the victims of BHR violations

2

EMPOWER

Empower students interested in business and human rights to speak up about BHR issues

4

SHARE

Share examples of ongoing challenges, promising solutions and legislative action on BHR issues

5

INFORM

Inform the management education community and the broader public about the efforts of GBSN to advance business school education on BHR

How to Organize a “Conversation”

Conversations should be organized by one or several lecturers, ideally with the active participation of students. Several steps to a successful event:

  1. Identify a locally relevant business and human rights issue: challenges within a specific industry, business- or industry-wide solutions to address human rights risks, effectiveness or opportunity of legislation, etc. 
  2. Invite a speaker to discuss this issue with students and lecturers. Prepare the conversation with students so they can take an active role in the event.
  3. Organize and record the conversation, bearing in mind that the recording will be featured on a global platform. The duration of the recording should not exceed one hour.

For any assistance, reach out to Charles Autheman – charles.autheman@gmail.com.

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