Archivo del June, 2012

ESADE Makes Commitments for Rio+20

rio 2020 web final1 268x300 ESADE Makes Commitments for Rio+20This past April, two months before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, ESADE signed the Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions, an initiative launched by the UN as part of Rio+20. This commitment reinforces our aspiration to be an increasingly socially responsible and sustainable academic institution.

Two months after signing the commitment, Enrique López Viguria, who is responsible for ESADE’s Social Responsibility Master Plan, and Professor Daniel Arenas, Research Coordinator at ESADE’s Institute for Social Innovation, participated in two events associated with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio: the 3rd Global Forum for Responsible Management Education and the Corporate Sustainability Forum of the Global Compact. The more than 250 business schools and educational institutions from all over the world that participated in the Rio conference produced a Declaration to reaffirm their commitments.

This Declaration contains a “roadmap to 2020” featuring the following points:

- We need to work collaboratively to reassess the purpose of HEIs in society.

- We need to rethink the nature of management and leadership education, enabling graduates, through transformative, trans-disciplinary learning, to lead for the long-term in ways that promote the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, creating benefits for the company, society and the planet through innovation in products, services, processes and business models, and in dialogue with all stakeholders.

- We need to give purpose to our research so that it supports organisations to serve the common good.

- We need to redefine the purpose of the firm and adapt our core assumptions, like agency theory and maximisation of shareholder value, so that they are fit for purpose in a society that works beyond the short term to the medium and long term.

- Sustainable development is too often seen as a niche approach (e.g., one dedicated programme, one research chair, one green campus policy) and not as a core element for HEIs. We need to change this by seeking coherence among curricula, research, training and daily operations on the campus.

At ESADE, we have given our commitment tangible form by drawing up a Social Responsibility Master Plan. This plan sets out specific actions that will move us toward our goal of becoming socially responsible in our training, research, social debate and institutional policies.

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A New Space for Entrepreneurs

egarage EB final 300x210 A New Space for EntrepreneursHistory tells us that garages have long been cradles of great business ideas. Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Disney, Amazon and Google… All of them can trace their origins to a garage. On 14th June, ESADE officially inaugurated the EGarage, a new space we have created to help our entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. The opening ceremony was attended by José Manuel Villanueva, co-founder of Privalia, and Manel Adell, CEO of Desigual – both graduates of ESADE. The two entrepreneurs shared with us their adventures at the helm of their companies and their views on the challenges and advantages of entrepreneurship, and both insisted that persistence overcomes many barriers. This is so true, and it’s a message that good entrepreneurs should always remember when obstacles cross their path.

The EGarage was inspired by the Palo Alto garage where, in the 1930s, Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded what is now one of the largest computer companies in the world. Our space, located in the ESADECREAPOLIS innovation park, is designed to foster our students’ entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare them to create businesses and develop new initiatives. The facilities include work and conference rooms where students, entrepreneurs and investors can work together to develop ideas and launch new projects.

One of ESADE’s objectives as an institution is to develop our students’ entrepreneurial skills, enabling them to create strong, global companies. I am certain that very good ideas will come out of the EGarage. It’s just a matter of time.

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New Milestone for our ESADE MBA Students

ESADE casebook picture 1 300x199 New Milestone for our ESADE MBA StudentsTrying to solve a real business case in 20 minutes during a hiring process is not an easy task. The group of ESADE MBA students pictured in the photo is holding their most recent milestone: an innovative new casebook to help MBA students improve their analytical thinking abilities and master the dos and don’ts of case interviews. The book is a joint initiative between our ESADE MBA Consulting Club and the Boston Consulting Group.

The casebook offers solid insight into the case interview process through 20 original cases compiled by the Consulting Club board of the 2012 graduating class and by MBA alumni now working in consulting. This casebook stands apart from those published by other business schools for its innovative, user-centric design and structure, both purposely aimed at maximising the case practice experience.

foto2 300x199 New Milestone for our ESADE MBA StudentsThe ESADE MBA Consulting Club’s main goal is to promote educational activities and consultancy events for our ESADE MBA community. It’s inspiring to see how our MBA students promote initiatives that contribute to offering solid grounding in quantitative and analytical skills for candidates interested in pursuing a career in consulting. Congratulations to all the MBA students involved in this initiative. There will undoubtedly be many more milestones to come.

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Equal Job Opportunities

ESADE francesc blanco web1 300x249 Equal Job OpportunitiesFrancesc Blanco (left in photo) has been in a wheelchair due to a muscular disability for the last twelve years. In 2006, he joined ESADE as Academic Manager in the University Programmes Unit, through our institution’s commitment to implementing equal opportunities and integration policies.

Francesc recently represented ESADE at the DisCert Certificate award ceremony (Disabled Certificate for Organizations), the first European award that recognises institutions’ levels of commitment to integrating employees with disabilities. This is the second year in a row that ESADE has received this European award.

At ESADE, we have spent years promoting social policies intended to integrate people with disabilities, providing equal opportunities to professionals who have suffered setbacks in their careers due to health problems.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, about a billion people around the world suffer some form of disability that results in them facing enormous difficulties in their daily lives. Initiatives such as DisCert make it possible to protect social justice, avoid social exclusion and promote employment for one of the groups with the highest unemployment rate in the world.

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