Supporting and promoting education and action for Responsibility, Sustainability & Ethics to drive societal impact and engagement.
At "MCI | The Entrepreneurial School", we are committed to tackling the challenges of our time. This requires innovative thinking, agility, creativity, perseverance, enthusiasm and a willingness to take risks - characteristics that correspond closely to our entrepreneurial philosophy and mission. These are characterised by a "can-do approach", which allows us to see challenges as opportunities and unresolved issues as opportunities for creativity and innovation.
We aim to fulfil this mission by:
The MCI Center for Responsible Management & Social Impact initiates, coordinates and supports measures, projects and activities to reach these goals.
We work in close cooperation with internal and external partners. We actively participate in national and international networks, in particular the UN initiative "Principles for Responsible Management Education" (PRME), the UN Global Compact, the "Alliance of Sustainable Universities", the network "Scholars at Risk" and other initiatives, projects and institutions.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a comprehensive common framework for this.
MCI has been an active member of the UN PRME Initiative for a decade now, committing to embedding responsibility, sustainability and ethics into our core activities.
The Sustainable Development Goals are humanity’s plan to maintain a habitable planet and a good life for all. At MCI, the SDGs are increasingly integrated into our activities as a guiding framework.
MCI Earth Day is all about taking responsibility for our own behavior and motivating others to do the same. In this spirit, students develop and implement activities for Earth Day. Because we are all responsABLE.
There is much to learn about responsibility, sustainability, and ethics. In addition to curricular courses and program-wide integration, MCI offers a range of extra-curricular learning opportunities for students.
Not sure where to start with integrating responsible management, the SDGs and ethics into your teaching? We regularly offer professional development opportunities and have a pool of teaching and learning materials in Sakai.
MCI Community Projects are practical projects in which students across various MCI study programs work for and with external partners for the common good. Partner organisations can apply for a project on our website. We also encourage volunteering and other forms of community engagement.
The Carbon Literacy Training aims to educate as many people as possible to be “carbon literate”, i.e. to be more aware of their own carbon footprint, to know the basics of climate change science & climate justice, and how to talk about climate change. MCI offers Carbon Literacy Training to different learner groups.
MCI offers different scholarships in collaboration with notable partners, where scholarship recipients are selected based on their commitment to a certain cause. Ban Ki-Moon scholarship recipients commit to a focus on the SDGs in their master thesis.
Responsible Management and sustainable development can only work in collaboration with others. We work with local, national and international partner organisations, for example:
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