Review GOLDEN at the Milan Expo

Earlier this year, on the 1st and 2nd of September, Bocconi and GOLDEN collaborated with the Sustainability School of The Interdisciplinary Center, Hertzliya (Israel), on an event that took place at Milano’s EXPO15. The two-day event included presentations from both schools’ faculty on matters that concern sustainability such as climate change, energy needs, and equitable growth, as well as issues related to sustainable enterprise models. The event also hosted company representatives from Enel, Acea, and Orange Fiber, who kindly discussed sustainability-related matters in their company. Additional activities included presentations of IDC’s students’ sustainability projects, as well as a world café afternoon that enabled a discussion among faculty and students on various questions of sustainability.

 - 11/11/2015

Report from the GOLDEN related track at EGOS 2015

It was the third time in a row that the annual EGOS colloquium hosted a GOLDEN related track on organizational innovation towards sustainable enterprise models. Beside having many interesting paper presentations which investigated the sustainability challenge from individual-, organizational- und system level perspectives, we organized a joint panel with another track (focusing on responsible leadership) for the first time. Given the themes of the two tracks, the panel discussed the role of corporate leaders in driving sustainable development in corporations and society. Following the extraordinary positive feedback from the audience on this format, we will try to organize a similar session again in our track at next year’s EGOS.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s conference July 7-9 2016 in Naples, Italy. We kindly invite short paper submissions to our track on “Innovating towards sustainable organizations – the role of power, resistance and social context” (submission system will open in late summer/early fall 2015).

For more information please contact Kerstin Neumann.

2nd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

ESCP-Europe hosts this event in January 2016 addressing the question: How does the sharing economy disrupt individual behaviors, industries and public regulation?

Airbnb, Kickstarter, Uber, Fab Labs, The Food Assembly, etc.: the rise of these collaborative initiatives no doubt constitutes one of the most striking revolutions of the present day. However, despite the rise of the “sharing economy”, no consensus about its definition yet exists. It pertains to a broad set of industries, including collaborative finance (crowdfunding), collaborative production (3D printing, FabLabs, DIY, etc.) collaborative education (e.g. open education and open knowledge) and finally collaborative consumption.

Throughout this workshop, the impact of the sharing economy will be discussed on various dimensions.

The call for the submission of extended paper abstracts ends on October 30th, 2015. Find more information at the conference homepage: http://shareeco.strikingly.com/

Joint Academic Session at the Israeli Pavilion @EXPO2015

As part of the Israeli Pavilion at the EXPO2015 World Exhibition on the theme of Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya will hold a two-day conference in the fields of Sustainability, Education and Entrepreneurship. On September 1st, 2015 a joint academic session on “The Transition towards Sustainable Model of the Enterprise” will be held. This session will be led by GOLDEN in partnership with the CRIOS research center at Bocconi University and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Please register for the session here

For more information on this event, contact Lilach Trabelsi

 - 07/15/2015

Meet GOLDEN @AoM in Vancouver

Since many GOLDEN friends will attend this year’s Annual Academy of Management Meeting in Vancouver, we would like to suggest to meet for an informal get-together on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 7 pm. It would be great if you would be able to join us. Please contact Kerstin Neumann to indicate your availability, she will inform you about the meeting place. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canada.

Call for action: GOLDEN for Government Institutions

GOLDEN is working on an important initiative to propose the idea of creating a Sustainable Enterprise Model Innovation (SEMI) Lab as an innovative form of policy intervention to support and speed up the diffusion of sustainability experimentation within firms’ core activities (governance, strategy-making, control and incentive systems, leadership and managerial mind-sets, etc.).

We are discussing the idea with the OECD, with UN Agencies (UNGC, UNIDO, UNEP, ILO), with the support of ministries in the Italian and the French Government.  For instance, the concept has been officially proposed by the Italian government to the meeting of UNGC donors (governments), with positive initial feedback.  We now have to expand the document to full proposal status for the next meeting of UNGC donors in the fall. We will also present the collaborative initiative at a specific workshop organized by OECD at the end of September. 

If you are interested to collaborate and contribute to this line of work, please contact Nicoletta Ferro.

Call for Participation – GOLDEN Book Chapters

We would like to invite you to participate in a book project, provisionally entitled “Innovation and Change towards the Sustainable Enterprise: an Experimental Approach”, designed to present some of the key ideas and methodologies that characterize the GOLDEN program.

  • In the first part we describe the challenges of studying innovation and change towards sustainable enterprise models, and the overarching approach that the GOLDEN program took to tackle them.
  • In the second part, a series of chapters offer a synthesis of the GOLDEN community’s best thinking about the state-of-the-art in the academic and practitioner debates on a specific sustainability issue or functional domain, and suggest possible ways to design field experiments, engaging companies and scholars in a collaborative way, to pilot test innovative approaches and change efforts to embed sustainability in a given (set of) core business process(es) (e.g. incentives or control) or organizational traits (e.g. culture or leadership).
  • Finally, the third part tackles the policy problem related to sustainable development with a micro-founded, experimental, approach, which GOLDEN is currently discussing with several UN agencies, the OECD and national governments.

Ideally, we would like to assemble a small group of expert scholars for each chapter of the book. Please read the concept note below and let us know if you are interested in contributing to develop one (or more) of the chapters that we envision would be part of the book. Also, feel free to suggest changes to the proposed Table of Contents. This is going to be a collective venture.

Email: Maurizio.zollo@unibocconi.it and/or Kerstin.neumann@unibocconi.it

GOLDEN Book Structure 12 july 2015

Call for Participation – Horizon 2020 Draft Work Program 2016-17

The EU commission has released a first draft version of the Horizon 2020 Work Program for 2016-17 highlighting the focus areas for research grants in these years. Although these are not the actual research calls yet, we looked at the program from a GOLDEN perspective and identified as set of actions which seem to suit our research interests best:

We would like to invite you to join us in discussing the options to develop proposals for these actions. Please reply by mail to frank.brueck@foundationgolden.org if you share the interest in one or more of these actions – or if you would like to suggest additional ones from the work program. We will set up Skype calls for the specific programs with all those interested to explore the potential for the development of a proposal.

Call for Participation – GOLDEN Book Chapters

We would like to invite you to participate in a book project, provisionally entitled Innovation and Change towards the Sustainable Enterprise: an Experimental Approach, designed to present some of the key ideas and methodologies that characterize the GOLDEN program.

  • In the first part we describe the challenges of studying innovation and change towards sustainable enterprise models, and the overarching approach that the GOLDEN program took to tackle them.
  • In the second part, a series of chapters offer a synthesis of the GOLDEN community’s best thinking about the state-of-the-art in the academic and practitioner debates on a specific sustainability issue or functional domain, and suggest possible ways to design field experiments, engaging companies and scholars in a collaborative way, to pilot test innovative approaches and change efforts to embed sustainability in a given (set of) core business process(es) (e.g. incentives or control) or organizational traits (e.g. culture or leadership).
  • Finally, the third part tackles the policy problem related to sustainable development with a micro-founded, experimental, approach, which GOLDEN is currently discussing with several UN agencies, the OECD and national governments.

Ideally, we would like to assemble a small group of expert scholars for each chapter of the book. Please read the concept note below and let us know if you are interested in contributing to develop one (or more) of the chapters that we envision would be part of the book. Also, feel free to suggest changes to the proposed Table of Contents. This is going to be a collective venture.

Please contact: Maurizio.zollo@unibocconi.it and/or Kerstin.neumann@unibocconi.it

GOLDEN Book Structure 12 july 2015

Review GOLDEN SnO Workshop 2015

GOLDEN SnO Workshop Paris, May 2015

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For the first time GOLDEN  and the Center for research on Society and Organization at HEC Paris co-organised a workshop.The event with about 90 participants was designed to stimulate intensive discussions between business, academia and institutions involved in the change process of business towards sustainable enterprise models.

Business-Academia Dialogues

Nike

Presentation by Agata Ramallo, Nike Inc., USA

In these dialogues business representatives and academics reflected on the integration of sustainability in specific areas of business. It turned out that the perception of the state of the art and  the necessary next actions to accelerated sustainable developments did not differ greatly between the two groups.

The dialogues started with Agata Ramallo, Global Sustainability CoE, of NIKE Inc. providing insights into the integration of sustainability in strategic decision making processes at Nike. Ms. Ramallo discussed the implications on business and the next important steps towards deeper integration of sustainability in business processes with Lucca Berchicci, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Maurizio Zollo, Academic Director GOLDEN.

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Danone

Presentation by J.-C. Laugee, Danone, France

Jean-Christophe Laugee, Director Ecosystem Fund, DANONE and Frederic Dalsace, HEC Paris, reflected on the difficult assessment of social impact of sustainability initiatives. M. Laugee reported of his experiences with such assessments in sustainability initiatives of Danone and the complexity of the approaches used.

Kering

Presentation by Geraldine Vallejo, Kering

The session on the integration of sustainability in the supply chain was split two. One pair consisting of Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Head of Group Strategy Unit at Santam and Franz Wohlgezogen, Bocconi University Italy, reviewed a research project currently ongoing with Santam, a South African insurance company, to introduce sustainable principles in the Motor Body Repair supply chain. Afterwards Geraldine Vallejo, Sustainability Program Director at KERING discussed the Environmental Profit and Loss Account system Kering developed for Puma together with Anthony Goerzen from the Queens School of Business in Kingston, Canada.

The dialogue sessions were followed by parallel group discussion working on the development of a common agenda between business and academia in the discussed areas.

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Anthony Goerzen

Anthony Goerzen, Queens School of Business, Canada

After a poster session where researchers from GOLDEN and SnO presented their latest projects in the context of business and sustainability (list of presentations) the business-academia dialogues were continued with Ralph Pfitzner, VP Sustainability, SIEMENS AG and Tomasz Obloj, HEC Paris, presenting their views on strategies to integrate sustainability into the governance of a company.

On the topic of HR and employment Tamera Campbell, yellowwoods, South Africa presented valuable insights in an employment initiative called Harambee generating employment for disadvantaged South African youths. Michael Müller-Camen, WU Vienna, reflected on the general links between HR and sustainability.

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Plenary discussions

The last dialogue focussed on integrated reporting – a topic rapidly gaining importance both in business and academia – with contributions by Patrick d’Humières, Institut RSE, France and Paolo Perego, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Intensive discussions in small groups and the plenary dealt with the learnings and resulting actions from these dialogues.

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The second day of the workshop was organized around two panel discussions on the sustainability issue of renewable energy on the one hand and the integration of the work of international institution, national governments, business and academia on the other hand.

SnO Research Center & G.O.L.D.E.N for Sustainability. Towards a sustainable economy. In the presence of Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France.

Panel Discussion

The first panel on The Challenges to 100% Renewable Energy – Realistic Target or Just Wishful Thinking moderated by Andrea Masini, HEC Paris, provided insights into the topic from three different positions: Fabio Mondini de Focatiis, Senior VP Solar Business, SOITEC presented the dynamic development of technological solutions, Julien Perez, Project Director, Climate/Energy at TOTAL highlighted the strong existing focus on renewables in a traditional energy company, and Christophe Poline, Energy Access Capital Fund, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, introduced the efforts currently applied to provide access to electricity on the African Continent by use of solar power.

SnO Research Center & G.O.L.D.E.N for Sustainability. Towards a sustainable economy. In the presence of Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France.

Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France

The second panel moderated by Betrand Quelin, HEC Paris, on the Collaboration Among Business, Academia and Institutions Towards the Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals took place under the hospices and with the participation of the Italian Ambassador to France, Giandomenico Magliano and the French Ambassador-at-large for Bioethics and CSR, Marine de Carné-Trécesson. The Ambassadors and the other panel participants from UNEP (Elisa Tonda, Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch), OECD (Hilkka Komulainen, Investment Division), and the French Treasury Ministry (Frederic Bobay, Private-Public Partnerships) agreed that it would be most relevant to engage more closely with academia particularly in the area of measurements and in the development of the business case for sustainable business. Mustapha Mokass, Founder, BEYA CAPITAL, presented the funding landscape and existing opportunities to support initiatives on sustainable business in developing countries.

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Download area for workshop presentations:

Supply Chain Paris Goerzen

Supply Chains Wohlgezogen

Governance Thomas Streiff

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Tonda Elisa UNEP slide presentation

Funding Sustainability Projects Mokass Mustapha

 

 - 06/29/2015
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