26th Annual Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Meeting

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Morgane Fritz, Linda Irwin, Ken Sagendorf, James Stoner, James Weichert, Frank Werner


PURPOSE: This submission proposes a 60 to 90 minute workshop session and a paper designed to seize just one of the many opportunities the world's Jesuit universities and business schools have to -- in Chris Lowney's words --"Change the world" ... "once again". In our words. The CJBE session and the paper will seek to inspire the audience members and readers to be leaders in transforming their own schools, the network of Jesuit business schools, and all of the world’s business schools into leading forces to meet the greatest challenges our species’ has ever faced. The proposed session is one of a series of conference sessions with this board goal. In San Diego the session will also introduce a largely complete book of "journey stories" written by individuals and groups that are working to transform their own business school's research, teaching, and activism in the spirit of of such calls to action as Laudato Si’, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education. Audience members will be invited to consider submitting their own stories for a possible second volume with the same theme: transforming business school research, teaching, and activism to create a sustainable/flourishing/regenerating world. The paper describing the workshop and the initiative on which it is based will be submitted before October 15th. The workshop and paper will:  1. define five major challenges facing our species this century, 2. describe the strategy and tactics being followed to meet those challenges, 3. report progress being made in Jesuit and other business schools in transforming their research, teaching, and activism to meet the challenges, 4. describe how the CJBE Annual meeting and other conference sessions are being used to meet the challenges, and\ 5. Provide an introduction to the first volume of journey stories. THE CJBE SESSION: In the symposium/workshop, we will report —briefly — on a number of initiatives to transform research, curricula, and activism in ways that inspire students, faculty, administrators and alumni to take immediate action to meet the challenges of global warming and the rising harms of global unsustainability. The heart of the workshop will be collaborative conversations to enroll audience members in committing to make similar changes in their own business schools and universities and to inspiring their colleagues to do the same ..... And to consider beginning to write the story of their own journey to do so. SUPPORTING SESSIONS: This workshop is one of a series of similar conference workshops proposed for the Eastern Academy of Management, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, IAJBS World Forum, Chaminade University, and Academy of Management. Those sessions seek to build a vibrant, collaborative network of business schools leading the way to a sustainable world.  THE PAPER AND CJBE SESSION: The paper and speakers in the session will report: how schools are replacing the neoliberal narrative that provides the CONTEXT and foundation for much of the world’s business education, and research and discourages students and faculty from taking actions to deal with global warming and related challenges. See, e.g., Laszlo, Sroufe, and Waddock, "Torn between two paradigms: A struggle for the soul of business schools", AIPractitioner, 2017. how schools are rejecting and replacing the widely accepted idea that THE PURPOSE of for-profit business enterprise is to maximize current stock price (and top executive compensation) under the guise of “maximizing shareholder wealth.”  how schools are inspiring faculty and student activism to deal with the URGENT problems of ending the burning of fossil fuels and providing leadership in dealing with the many other problems of global unsustainability.  Audience members will be supported in joining this global initiative to transform business education and practice and in writing their own "journey stories.".