In recent years, sustainability, corporate responsibility and ethical business practices have become highly relevant topics on the public agenda, in the business world and among researchers in economics and management. We have witnessed an acceleration of the tightening in economical and financial international relationships. In this context, no crisis can remain local and we are all concerned. Acting responsible, and getting an understanding of what it implies in terms of business management, is more than ever important.
In contrast to most other business schools, HEC Lausanne is in the unique position of having numerous professors whose research and expertise is – directly or indirectly – connected to these topics. Furthermore, HEC Lausanne is “avant-gardist” in that business ethics teaching is not only mandatory at bachelor level but also permeates through most of the subject matter discussed at all levels of the faculty.
This allows for the fascinating opportunity of having a broad range of scholars from the same business school reflecting on the challenges of sustainable and responsible management practices from various angles. This book is a collective coherent contribution proposing constructive and pragmatic highlights to the many questions this raises. It belongs to the ‘business and management’ section in bookshops accessible to all professionals interested in responsible management.
It will be one of the first titles to provide a panorama of the management issues of corporate social responsibility in a highly readable and jargon-free way. The content will cover hands on experience in the field, ground-breaking new research, practical models and stimulating new ideas which should inspire all managers looking for responsible solutions in an increasingly globalised new world. To be noted that, as these considerations impact our perception of what the management education should be, this book will hence also showcase one important answer to that call of rethinking the business school of the 21st century with a series of transdisciplinary reflections of management scholars on the interface between their own work and overall societal challenges.