The MCI is a signatory of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative of the United Nations and committed to pursuing ethics, responsibility and sustainability in teaching, research and organisational practice. The ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) provide an overarching framework in this effort. In this context, both responsible management education and responsibility towards society are objectives of the research focus ‘Responsibility & Management’. Responsibility has a legal as well as an ethical component and must be considered in all management areas (personnel, strategy, lifelong learning, etc.), especially in situations of asymmetric information distribution.
Against the backdrop of disruptive developments (digitalisation, demographic developments, sustainability, etc.), responsible management is of great importance, particularly in the areas of management, strategy (especially regarding Mergers & Acquisitions) and organisation (HR and personnel). The challenges these changes pose for society, companies and employees are a subject of this research focus, which emphasises both research and practical transfer (SMA Research Lab).
Situations of asymmetric information distribution in particular are characterised by an imbalance that necessitates correspondingly responsible action. In this context, responsibility also has a legal and an ethical component in addition to the management area and is based on values (Jean Monnet Chairs). Fields of application of this approach are, amongst others, digitalisation (e.g. artificial intelligence), the health sector and, more generally, decision-making, especially at the EU level (lobbying).
Responding responsibly to future changes today and actively shaping the future are crucial competencies for the 21st century (UNESCO Chair Futures Literacy). For this to happen, individuals and organisations need to continuously develop. Combining traditional learning and digital technologies opens up new opportunities for lifelong learning. Topics in this research field include futures literacy, lifelong learning, organisational behaviour, emotions in organisations and behavioural economics.
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