At MCI | The Entrepreneurial School, we are committed to tackle the challenges the business world, our society and the environment are facing.
Such a goal requires innovative thinking, agility, creativity, perseverance, enthusiasm and risk-taking – qualities closely aligned with our entrepreneurial spirit and mission.
This approach is characterised by a positive mindset and a “can-do” attitude, which considers challenges as opportunities and unsolved questions as a chance to create and innovate.
We are committed to:
In these endeavours, we are engaged in national and international networks, notably the UN Initiative “Principles for Responsible Management Education” (PRME), the UN Global Compact, the network “Scientists4Future” as well as in numerous boards, initiatives, projects and institutions.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide us with the overarching framework for these activities.
PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) is an initiative of the UN Global Compact Office, the United Nation’s industry network for sustainable and responsible leadership.
PRME was founded in 2007 and has the following goals:
With these ends in mind, PRME has developed six principles which are based on internationally recognised values (e.g. principles of human rights, workers’ rights, environmental protection, corruption prevention, diversity, inclusivity and sustainability of the world economy). These principles form the foundation for the development and advancement of social responsibility for the integration of universal values in curricula and research.
MCI LECTURERS AND RESEARCHERS
The principles are designed to support higher education institutions to
“We understand that our own organisational practices should serve as example of the values and attitudes we convey to our students.”
We will help students develop sustainable value for business and society.
Our academic activities incorporate the values of global social responsibility.
We will create educational experiences that enable learning for responsible leadership.
We engage in research that advances sustainable social, environmental and economic value.
We will interact with business corporations to explore and approach challenges.
We will facilitate and support dialogue related to global social responsibilty and sustainability.
Regardless of our role, whether we are just a regular citizen or a business leader, everyone makes decisions and each decision can have a huge impact. At MCI, we are encouraged to start thinking outside the box and have the chance to meet people who want to make our world a better place to live.
Carina Schmidt, Biotechnology
New skills and knowledge that I have acquired in the field of "Responsible Management" have a particular impact on my own future actions. My view of the outcomes of the choices I make has changed completely through the discussions and new perspectives.
Benedikt Kramer, International Business & Management
As a future manager it is my duty to expand my knowledge in the field of responsible management to be able to create an environment that allows ethical, socially responsible and sustainable actions amongst all stakeholders of a company. Therefore, every business student should know how to apply responsible management in practice.
Sabrina Maly, International Business & Management
The incredible complexity and entanglement of society’s key problems poses a great challenge especially for my generation. Because of this complexity, we cannot rescue the earth – and ourselves – alone. In order to keep our planet habitable, we need to act together, and we need to act now. The various workshops I attended at MCI were not only informative, but strongly influenced my mindset towards a sustainable future.
Johannes Rädler, Business & Management
For me it has always been important to prove that being successful in the world of business and acting in a responsible and ethical way do not exclude, but support each other. The courses on responsible management offered me lot of new insights and knowledge.
Lisa Waltle, Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management
Self-Awareness, self-reflection, and a responsible mindset are key transversal competencies that are very much valued by emplo- yers. At MCI Career Center, we offer a range of learning pathways for students to develop and practice these skills.
Brigitte Huter, Head of MCI Student & Career Center
Embedding responsible management education into our assurance of learning goals and quality assurance processes ensures that they are not one-off activities but are part of a sustainable, ongoing effort to equip our students with the mindset and competencies they need to lead and work responsibly in an increasingly complex world.
Professor Dr. Claudia Mössenlechner, Head of Learning Solutions Department & Deputy Head MCI Academic Council
Family businesses are very concerned about sustainability and their environmental and social impact. The MCI Center for Family Business supports them at many levels.
Professor Dr. Anita Zehrer, Head of Center for Family Business
EU law does not only increasingly refer to the concepts of ethics and morality, but also touches upon very sensitive issues, which require ethical consideration. Through the Jean-Monnet Chair activities, we are highlighting the nexus between EU values, digitalization and ethics.
Professor Dr. Markus Frischhut, Jean Monnet Professor “EU Values & Digitalization” & Study Coordinator EU law
Our students need to understand the ethical foundations of re- search and the tension between research interests on the one hand and compliance with general norms and values on the other.
Professor Dr. Stephan Schlögl, Senior Lecturer, Management, Communication & IT and Coordinator working group “Research Ethics”
Educating responsible leaders and professionals is at the core of our mission at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®. PRME and the SDGs are both driving forces and useful frameworks for disseminating ethical, sustainable and globally responsible business practices and imparting essential leadership skills.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Altmann, Rector
RME is not about moralizing but about modernizing manage- ment education for a new economic paradigm that enables us to leave an equally good if not better world to future generations.
Professor Dr. Johannes Dickel, Professor Management & Recht, MCI PRME Coordinator 2011 - 2018
Critical thinking and decision making at the intersection between economic necessity and ethical obligation are key skills in con- temporary management practice. MCI’s Business Ethics courses combine both theoretical knowledge and practical application to prepare our graduates for these challenge.
Professor Dr. Matthias Seeler, Convenor of the Winter School Business Ethics
We want our graduates to demonstrate a high capability to create impact in a world of growing complexity and dynamics. The focus on responsible (self-)management and leadership provides our students with relevant learning opportunities to enhance their competency level in this important field.
Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hillmer, Head of Department and Studies Industrial Engineering & Management
Apart from experiencing a different national and academic culture, we want our incoming students to have the opportunity to learn about our values as a people and as an academic community. A number of learning offerings around responsible management and ethics are an important aspect of their experience.
Dr. Susanne Lichtmannegger, Head of International Relations
At MCI, we are committed to preparing our students to be professionals and leaders who have the knowledge, competencies and mindsets that enable them enact change for a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable future.
Regina Obexer, MCI PRME Coordinator, Senior Lecturer Learning Solutions
Many of our distinguished guests, best practice speakers, and panel participants address topics such as sustainability, ethics, and social responsibility, and show students that these values are highly relevant in today’s society and business world.
Bettina Stichauner, Head of Alumni Center & Events
Continuous improvement of our internal processes and practices is an important agenda for the MCI. Many staff and students con- tribute ideas for improvements relating to sustainability, diversity, environmental and social responsibility.
Brigitte Auer, Head of Quality Management, Personnel Development & Recruiting
Many of the basic values of PRME are inherent in MCI’s philosophy since its inception. Officially, the MCI became a member of PRME in 2011. In February 2014, the MCI organised a successful UN conference for responsible Management Education in Innsbruck, in the course of which the subchapter of PRME in German speaking countries (DACH) was launched. Since becoming a member of PRME, the MCI has started and supported a number of initiatives and has integrated and promoted the six PRME principles at various levels.
The engagement in PRME is also an important aspect with regards to the MCI’s AACSB accreditation. Within the Assurance of Learning (AoL) process, for example, there are program level goals which aim to embed ethics firmly in the curriculum.