Conference “Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education: Writing, Researching, Teaching” in Copenhagen – June 2013

The Copenhagen Roundtable “Integrating the Humanities and Liberal Arts in Business Education” in October 2011 marked the first part of an ongoing conversation that was sparked by the publication of the Carnegie II Report “Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education“. Focusing on the development of new types of educational curricula that address the role of management and organization in society, this conversation has brought together European and US-based faculty in debate about the integration of the humanities and social sciences with business studies and about how to address a changing environment of man- agement education. These debates have engaged with how to see management education as a way to develop students’ capability of practical reasoning (hence the name of this website), but also with how to think of such education as a way to tackle the major socio-economic challenges currently shaping the organizational landscape.

Researcher and scholar Ellen O'Connor presenting a chapter outline with the help of visual media. (Foto: Student Reporter)

Researcher Ellen O’Connor presented a chapter outline on the history of business education for the forthcoming handbook using visual media and the help of two supporters. (Foto: Sunmin Kim, Student Reporter)

After intense discussions in Aspen, Boston and St. Gallen, we are continuing these debates in Copenhagen during the conference “Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education: Writing – Researching –Teaching”, hosted by Copenhagen Business School.  A natural place to deepen the conversation, as its Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP) is an interdisciplinary research department that seeks to create learning and knowledge at the intersec- tions of management, social sciences and humanities.

The three main topics on the agenda – writing, researching and teaching – reflect ways to further develop the debates in a concrete fashion that may allow us to make an impact on business school curricula. First, the “writing” aspect refers to the upcoming Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education edited by Timon Beyes (CBS), Chris Steyaert (HSG) and Martin Parker (Leicester University). The editors will present the structure of this volume and have invited some of the contributors to discuss early ideas and drafts for chapters. Second, the “researching” aspect presented by Ulrike Landfester and Jörg Metelmann relates to the research project on “Humanities’ Business: European Perspectives on Management Education”, which attempts a European answer to the Carnegie Report, as well as the CBS-based research project “The Human Turn” and its implications for university education, which will be presented by Sverre Raffnsøe . Third, the topic of “teaching” will consist of two workshops dedicated to curriculum building and case-based teaching initiated by Rasmus Johnsen as part of the European Teaching Methods Initiative Project (ETMI).

Participants discussed the forthcoming handbook, teaching initiatives and research projects at CBS.

Participants discussed the forthcoming handbook, teaching initiatives and research projects at CBS during a three day workshop. (Foto: Sunmin Kim, Student Reporter)

Like its ‘sister workshop’ on “Practicing Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education”, which took place in St. Gallen in November 2012, the three Copenhagen days are generously supported by the German Haniel Foundation and Horstmann Foundation. Moreover, this summer – and thus the conference – marks the beginning of the “European Haniel Program on Entrepreneurship and the Humanities” that brings together  University of St. Gallen and CBS to develop and realize innovative teaching formats based on the humanities and social sciences in management and business education.

As a first foray, on Sunday, June 9, a group of 30 students of CBS accompanied by members of MPP faculty will travel to St. Gallen for a joint Summer School with 30 students of HSG and some HSG faculty. At least three more Summer Schools are to follow in the years 2014-2016. Our thanks to the Haniel Foundation and the Horstmann Foundation for making all of this possible.