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Ethics in business on the agenda at Principles for Responsible Management Education event


A networking afternoon of talks, seminars and workshops entitled 'Ethical Leadership : Leading Businesses Responsibly' is being held at the University of Bradford School of Management.

The event - which takes place on Wednesday, April 20 - is a chance for students, business leaders and academics to get together and discuss ethics in business.

It will get under way at 1pm with a light lunch before headline speaker, award-winning Bradford Management School Executive MBA student James Peacock takes to the stage at 1.30pm.

James, who works for Wessex Water, is a chartered environmentalist, chartered waste manager and winner of the Bradford School of Management 50th anniversary MBA scholarship. He was recently named as one of the five rising stars in waste management by RWM; was the winner of the 2015 Institute of Business Ethics essay award and the finalist for the AMBA’s MBA student of the year award.

At this year’s PRME event on Ethical Leadership, James will be talking about his Zero Waste to Landfill project, which aims to make Wessex Water the first zero waste utility company in the UK. He will bring insights of how he has been leading the project and how the project is leading the industry to reduce waste to landfill.

From 3.30pm to 5pm, Bradford professors Jackie Ford (pictured) and Ann Cunliffe will give talks and run workshops.

Prof Ford will give a 15 minute talk on ‘Ethical Leadership and the Dark Side’ at 3.30pm.

At 3.35pm attendees will be split into smaller groups to discuss two questions:
What are some of the ethical issues in organisations today?
What does it mean to be an ethical leader?

The group will then reconvene at 4.25pm when Prof Cunliffe and Prof Ford will lead a discussion on the main theme of the event.

The afternoon will draw to a close when Prof Cunliffe gives a talk entitled, Reflexivity, leadership and Paul Ricœur.

The event is being held as part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative, which was launched in 2007 at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva.

It aims to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

Prof Cunliffe is Professor of Organization Studies at Bradford School of Management. She also holds a Visiting Professor position at Escola de Administraçâo da Fundaçâo Getulio Vargas, Brazil.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational studies, philosophy and communications, exploring how leaders and managers shape responsive and ethical organizations.

She has published four books including a Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management (2014).

She recently won the 2016 Lasting Impact Award from the Teaching Society for Management Educators (OBTS) and Sage Publishing for her her article, ‘On becoming a critically reflective practitioner’.

Prof Ford is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Bradford School of Management.

Her research interests include studies of working lives, with a particular interest in making sense of leadership, gender, ethics, and management practices.

She has co-authored a monograph entitled Leadership as Identity: Constructions and Deconstructions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); co-edited Making Public Services Management Critical (Routledge, 2010); co-edited a textbook entitled Leadership: Contemporary critical perspectives (Sage, 2015); and has published in a range of journals.

Business in the Community will be supporting the event and have a representative there offering a 'Responsible Business Check-up' throughout the afternoon.

1pm Light lunch (available at YJ0.07 or YJ0.04)
1.25pm Opening done by acting Dean (if available).
1.30-3pm Session One: Presentation by James Peacock Wessex Water
3-3.30pm Coffee Break
3.30pm Ethical leadership and the dark side by Prof Jackie Ford
3.45pm Breakout session: Small groups to address questions on ethics
4.25pm Plenary discussion facilitated by Prof Ann Cunliffe and Prof Jackie Ford
4.45pm A talk on Reflexivity, leadership and Paul Ricoeur by Prof Ann Cunliffe
5pm Close

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