UK B-Schools Promote Philanthropy, Public Service

Cranfield School of Management, London Business School and Said Business School have joined forces to establish the Pears Business Schools Partnership, which will write case studies and host lectures to help business students develop an understanding of and commitment to public service and philanthropy.

The initiative, announced on June 5, comes in the wake of research undertaken for the London-based Pears Foundation into the place of philanthropy and public service in MBA courses. The research found that MBA teachers and students were consistently expressing interest in values-based learning, and enthusiasm for courses which incorporate personal and organizational responsibility as an integral part of their work.

The principal projects of the Partnership will be:

  • the publication of a series of case studies on the theme of contributing to the public good, such as philanthropy, personal service, social entrepreneurship individual and corporate responsibility.
  • the staging of an annual lecture by a leading philanthropist or business figure.

The Partnership developed after careful analysis indicated that a key constraint to incorporating issues relating to individual social responsibility, and linking this to corporate social responsibility, into the core curriculum and teaching materials on MBA courses is the lack of a sufficient number and range of appropriate and relevant high quality case studies. These business schools were chosen because of their positive response to and interest in this area.

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