Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Business Education Jam #digitalforgreen

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The Business Education Jam is being held online today (9/30) until Thursday (10/2).

Sponsored by Boston University and IBM (Financial Times article on the Jam), the goal is:

To envision the future of business education, we will focus on certain areas of interest to spark a global discussion.”

Ten topic areas (called Forums) have been identified. None explicitly refer to environmental sustainability or corporate social responsibility. There is a forum entitled “Fostering Ethical Leadership“, with questions such as “How can academia work with industry to broaden the understanding of ethical dilemmas in a global context?”

Given that analytics will be performed on all online content (comments, etc.), and given the lack of a forum on the topic  of environmental sustainability, it is possible that the analytics will conclude that environmental sustainability is not important to the future of business education (which is clearly incorrect).

So, anyone interested in corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, zero-waste production, supply chain transparency, smart energy, renewable resources, and related, please join the Jam and make your voice heard (thanks to Stephanie Watts at BU for bringing this issue to my attention). 

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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