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Goa Set to Make the 6th United Nations PRME-Asia Forum a Memorable Affair

Goa Institute of Management is organizing the United Nations-supported 6th PRME-Asia Forum on November 27-28 this year. The Forum will be preceded by a Workshop on Teaching Responsible Management.

Goa, India, October 30, 2015 --( With a month to go for the big event, Goa Institute of Management gears up to host the PRME Asia Forum on Responsible Management Education.

Goa Institute of Management is organizing the United Nations-supported 6th PRME-Asia Forum on November 27-28 this year. The Forum will be preceded by a Workshop on Teaching Responsible Management. The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is an initiative to provide an education that enhances the awareness & concern among managers about the impact of their actions on society and the ecological environment. Several business schools across the world are signatories of the PRME. The faculty members and administrators of these schools meet regularly to discuss how to promote such education. The 6th PRME Asia Forum – comprising faculty members and administrators of some Asian B-Schools - will meet at Goa on November 27-28th. Academics and corporate executives concerned about Responsible Management Education will gather in the Vivanta by Taj at Panjim to discuss education. The event proposes to give delegates a flavor of Goa at GIM’s Sanquelim Campus, where the GIM community will join the delegates in a jamming session.

“GIM’s association with the PRME began in 2010-11 when Mr. D'Lima was the Director,” says Prof. Ranjini Swamy, the Convener of the 6th PRME Asia Forum. “Prof. Divya Singhal was instrumental in making GIM a signatory of the PRME. In 2011, GIM introduced a new course on Social Responsibility & Action to promote sensitivity to society, especially the under-privileged.”

Ever since, GIM has been an active participant at various PRME Forums. Faculty members have shared the experience of introducing the course and its outcomes, while learning from other B-schools about their experiences. In early 2014, at one of the Forums in Delhi, the Director of GIM, met with Mr. Jonas Haertle (Head PRME Secretariat). Mr Haertle proposed that GIM could host the next Forum and GIM accepted the proposal.

The Forum will explore how Responsible Management Education can be integrated through the B-School curriculum. During the 3-day deliberations, the forum will be addressed by authorities like Mr. Jonas Haertle, (Head PRME Secretariat), Dr. Ben Teehankee (De Salle University, Philippines), Dr. June Qian (Tsinghua University, China), Mr. Ravi Fernando (Operations Director, Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute), and Dr. Mary Gentile (Babson College, USA). The Indian expertise in the area is drawn from companies as well as elite B-schools like IIM (A), XLRI Jamshedpur, MDI Gurgaon, and XIM, Bhubaneswar.

“GIM has a clear mandate of producing socially responsible managers. Managers are expected to understand the overall impact of their decisions and actions on stakeholders within and outside the organization. They have to consider the overall impact on society and the environment in the short- and long-term. This requires an inculcation of long-term, systemic thinking among managers, and a higher degree of interpersonal skills than ever before. While many faculty members are aware of the need to develop these competencies, how this can be done in the Indian context remains something worth understanding,” says Prof. Swamy.

The PRME Forum offers faculty members at Indian universities and colleges an opportunity to discover the latest practices in responsible management and utilize them in their classrooms. The Forum begins on the 26thof November, 2015, with a workshop for teachers on Teaching Responsible Management. The Workshop will address critical challenges that teachers face in teaching responsible management. The Forum (starting 27th November) will see a series of panel discussions that link visions of a sustainable society with Responsible Management Education. Specific curricular and co-curricular initiatives to integrate responsible management education will be discussed. Executives will share their experience of behaving responsibly and explore its implications for the kind of education that managers need.

Goa institute of Management
Poriem, Goa, India 403505
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