France, Marseille

Ethical Business, Diversity Management & Driving Sustainable Change

when 8 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 1710

Course 1: Accelerating Change Towards Sustainability
Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from July 8 - 19
System change is happening. Accelerating change towards sustainability is both an urgency and an opportunity. This course will explore the notions of: "Systems"; "Change"; "Sustainability"; "Urgency" and; "Opportunity" - while always keeping in mind two fundamental questions:

How can change be accelerated towards sustainability, and what can be done at the various levels of our human-constructed systems to be aligned with our biosphere's boundaries?

What is happening in your region / country, and what can you do?

Based on our examination of case studies, working in small groups, short presentations and active games, we will visit the following topics:


What is a system, and how to identify leverage points, those places to intervene in a system?

Where are we currently in relation to the biosphere, this very thin system which supports all life on this planet?

How does change happen? Is system change really happening? Why is change urgent? How is it an opportunity?

How can we shift gears to avoid "Spaceship Earth" painfully losing too many passengers, especially when the steering wheel doesn't exist or is unconsciously controlled by all?

What can we learn from our fellow classmates in this international course to know more about what’s happening in various parts of the world and sectors of society? What are we each doing, what can we each do?


Course 2: Ethical Business Practices & Diversity Management
Course Format: 3 hrs per day over 2-weeks; from July 8 - 19
More than a study of management techniques, this course is an introspection into who we are as employees, managers and human beings, and what impact can we have (or do we want to have) in our respective organisations.

Corporate Social Responsibility is a large umbrella under which one must consider many elements, not least of which are the concepts of “Diversity and Inclusion”; how companies engage with, manage, and otherwise consider the human beings impacted by its activities – i.e. stakeholders. This course will take a closer look into the direct and indirect implications of D&I.

We will begin the course by defining the different aspects of diversity and take a closer look at discrimination and unconscious dynamics in the workplace. We will also explore unconscious bias and how it shapes organisations and our decision making.

In an ever increasing, diverse and complex workplace environment, managers are facing challenges to maintain a sense of teamwork and cohesion amongst staff members, and providing meaningful objectives is taking on ever increasing importance.

An even more diverse and international customer base adds to the highly demanding challenges confronting modern companies, and necessitate tailored services and approaches to meet their clients' needs.

In such a context, the questions must be asked:

How do organisations attract talent in different forms?
Does increasing the diversity amongst staff always equate to good performance?
What is a "Great Place to Work"?
Can all employees be happy?

Course leader

Catherine Rossines, Summer Schools developer, short-terms@kedgebs.com, + 33 (0) 491 827 904

Target group

Eligible participants: Highly motivated and open-minded Bachelor or Master level students in good academic standing with a sufficient level of English.

Course aim

Ethical Business, Diversity Management & Driving Sustainable Change

Course 1: Ethical Business Practices & Diversity Management (July 8 to 19)
Corporate social responsibility is a large umbrella under which one must consider many elements, not least of which is the concept of “business ethics” and how companies engage with, manage, and otherwise consider the human beings impacted by its activities – i.e. stakeholders.

Course 2: Accelerating Change Towards Sustainability (July 8 to 19)
System change is happening. Accelerating change towards sustainability is both an urgency and an opportunity. This course will explore the notions of: "Systems"; "Change"; "Sustainability"; "Urgency" and; "Opportunity" - while always keeping in mind two fundamental questions

Fee info

EUR 1710: Every course features 30 hours in class, is formally evaluated, carries 5 transferrable ECTS credits, and leads to both a certificate of completion as well as official transcripts