The development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges: the role of business schools

C.D. Adams, M.G. Heijltjes, G. Jack, T. Marjoribanks, M. Powell

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Purpose – this paper seeks to discuss the role of business academics and business schools in the development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability – the paper captures contributions made during a panel discussion at the first academic symposium on leadership for climate change and sustainability held at la trobe university, melbourne in february 2011. The symposium preceded the 10th general assembly of the globally responsible leadership initiative (grli) held in melbourne and the authors are from grli partner organisations.findings – there is a pressing need for business schools to focus on the development of personal and leadership skills, to draw staff from outside the traditional business disciplines and to reflect the gender and race diversity of the population in which they are located. The change required in business education to develop leaders who can respond to climate change and sustainability challenges is as significant as the changes needed to the way businesses operate.practical implications – the paper identifies changes required in business leadership and outlines key elements of change needed in business education. It assists business school leaders in articulating the business case for business schools to address these issues and navigate potential barriers.originality/value – the paper brings together the views of five professors from a different disciplinary background (accounting, critical management, organisational behaviour, organisational design and sociology) with leadership positions in business schools and universities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalSustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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