“Business education provides you with a pathway if you want to truly have an impact in the realms of … [+] sustainable business practice.” Steve McGuire, Dean of the University of Sussex Business SchoolUniversity of SussexThere is a world of difference between wanting something to happen, and doing something about it. And for all the talk and best intentions that emerge from COP 27, it is going to take dedication, new tools and expanding skillsets to solve the climate crisis.
For Steve McGuire, Dean of the University of Sussex Business School in the UK, “Business education provides you with that pathway if you want to truly have an impact in the realms of sustainable business practice.”
Drawing on the intellectual strength and research impact of the top ranked University of Sussex Business School, the school has brought together the world-renowned Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) with the Department of Economics, already a global leader in development economics, alongside areas such as finance, management, marketing and strategy to focus on driving innovation for social progress, with core strength in sustainability and climate change.
Students in undergraduate, MBA and Masters courses have the fundamental and analytical understandings of business, but the influx of programmes on topics such as sustainable development give them the tools and techniques of “how to do better for the world”, not just for profit. This, Steve says, is where the UK business education market has taken a new, positive direction.
Originally from Canada, Steve has been Dean of University of Sussex Business School since 2015, but has been a prominent figure within the business education sector for over 20 years, holding previous academic posts at other business schools in the UK and continental Europe. This breadth of experience allows him to be reflective of the changes he has seen within the sector – and also reason to be optimistic. Of course, the anxieties around the pandemic created significant uncertainty, but he believes the business education sector in the UK is responding well.
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