As an economist, however, I also believe that in the real world people are motivated by concrete incentives. One of the best incentives a business school can offer to faculty is flexibility, in both their schedules and their workloads. There’s a reason why most academics serve only two years on the White House Council of Economic Advisers: Most professors lose tenure after an absence of more than two years. If business schools want their faculty to take more active roles in government, they must provide greater leeway.
If we choose to attack our opponents before we’ve taken the time to understand them if we prefer denunciations to genuine dialogue … if we seek political victory rather than constructive compromise we will not be able to find solutions to the problems before us. This is the soul-searching plea of today’s idealistic guest. Father John Jenkins is president of the University of Notre Dame. Reverend, professor of philosophy, and a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. Jenkins celebrates his tenth year at the helm of the university.
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Mes pauvres enfants, le Nutella "destructeur" ! http://t.co/lNOABOo4ZM— Thomas Froehlicher (@FroehlicherT) June 16, 2015
Et si le fabriquant jure qu'elle est «certifiée durable», la fondation de Nicolas Hulot rappelle que l'huile de palme «est à l'origine de 90% de la déforestation en Malaisie»
Environmental impact of palm oil (Wikipedia) ...Significant greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation, mainly in tropical areas, accounts for up to one-third of total anthropogenic CO2 emissions... ...responsible for over 80% (~88%) of world oil palm production, Indonesia and Malaysia... ...In 2010, the Nature Conservancy took representatives of America’s National Farmers Union and the American Farmland Trust to Brazil to see how illegal forest clearance was "hurting US businesses by flooding markets with cheap and unsustainable products". A new (2010) report from David Gardiner & Associates (Mr. Gardiner served as the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration), a consultancy, says that protecting the 13,000,000 hectares (50,000 sq mi) of mostly tropical forest that are lost annually to timber, cattle and agricultural production would boost American agricultural revenue by as much as USD$190 billion-270 billion between 2012 and 2030. (PDF, 56 pages, "Farms Here, Forests there" (see page 20 Palm Oil Modeling Results: potential $USD 40B savings))
Conclusion of "Farms Here, Forests there"
Conserving tropical rainforests generates significant financial gains and savings for the U.S. agriculture and timber industries, while also increasing opportunities for residents of rainforest nations.
Nestlé Media statement, on their website: "Update on deforestation and palm oil. Nestlé is committed to communicating regularly on progress, including holding regular meetings with Greenpeace (report "Frying the Forest")...
Taking action with our suppliers
The supply chain of palm oil is very complex and there are no quick and easy solutions. We have conducted an in depth analysis of our supply chain in order to create transparency and detailed action plans. Read more about the complexity of the palm oil supply chain in the RSPO Supply Chain Systems Overview (pdf, 3.95Mb)..."
In response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with a satellite office in Jakarta. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry - oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs - to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil...
What is the Scorecard?
The Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard 2011 measures the performance of 132 major retailers and consumer goods manufacturers against 4 areas which show whether these companies are acting responsibly.
The Scorecard focuses on European companies, since they are leading the way in transforming the market for palm oil, and were the first to commit to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, it also looks at other markets such as Australia and Japan where some progress is being made.
...In 2008 Unilever, an RSPO member, committed to use only palm oil which is certified as sustainable, by ensuring that the large companies and smallholders that supply it convert to sustainable production by 2015. ...As of 2009, twelve companies including giant retailer X, tied for worst, scoring 0.
Research from Melbourne Business School (MBS) has found that if a product clearly reflects factors which impact ethical consumerism on its label, consumers will favour that product over others.
As a result of her research in this area, MBS Professor Jill Klein is calling for manufacturers to improve their labeling to provide consumers with a more informed choice and to increase sales.
Professor Klein based her research on a series of experiments performed at the Melbourne Zoo between April and June last year. Zoo visitors were asked to select between a food product that did not contain the orangutan-unfriendly palm oil and a virtually equivalent alternative that contained vegetable oil...
BCS SGAI - The Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence of The British Computer Society
Le club des 5 cravates. Plus sport le mois prochain ? pic.twitter.com/EK3rGww7lT— Bernard Belletante (@belletante) April 22, 2015
April 10, 2015,
Most MBA programs are run by men, and the reason goes back to the 1980s
Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, is used to being lonely.
“I have been the first at everything I’ve done in academic leadership,” says Davis-Blake. She adds that she was the first woman to be the chair of her department at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, the first female senior associate dean at McCombs, the first female dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and now the first woman to run Ross. Bloomberg Business asked Davis-Blake why she’s had to be first so many times, and what it’s like to be one of the only women camping out in a business school’s corner office. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Why are you one of only 10 female deans at the top 60 business schools?
Director of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Innovation, Knowledge Management, Management Learning, Non-linear dynamic (complex) behaviour in management, Pedagogical approaches, Workplace Learning, Personal Development
To some degree, MBA programs are advanced driving schools. We teach students how to operate one of the most powerful engines in the world: business. We teach how this engine must be finely engineered (operations), how it needs special fuel (finance), and how the parts need to work together (organization and leadership). We teach how to monitor the gauges carefully (accounting), how to steer our vehicles at high speeds and through rough weather (strategy).
Extending the metaphor, we have, in recent years...
Design in management research, ideas where we can do a lot more! http://t.co/KarOhphsH6— Gerry George (@profgerrygeorge) February 26, 2015
For the first time in 20 years, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has a new dean.
Matthew Slaughter, Tuck’s associate dean for faculty, will take on the elite school’s top job on July 1. After a tenure spanning two decades, Dean Paul Danos will be stepping down at the end of this academic year, a move announced last March.
Slaughter, 45, wants to shake up the traditional M.B.A. model, because students want flexible alternatives to two-year, full-time programs, he said in an interview. Among his aims: building a digital platform for Tuck courses akin to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School offerings on Coursera or Harvard Business School’s HBX digital platform, which offers online access to course materials....
Matthew J. Slaughter, the Signal Companies’ Professor of Management and associate dean for faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, has been named the school’s 10th dean, Dartmouth announced today. A scholar of international economics and an expert in globalization, Slaughter is a renowned academic who has held several key leadership roles at Tuck since joining the faculty in 2002. He will assume his new role on July 1.
James arrives from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she taught leadership courses and led the school’s executive education programs as senior associate dean. Her time at Darden also included a stint as the school’s first associate dean of diversity, a role in which she fostered conversations about diversity in the classroom setting...
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