THRIVE THROUGH CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY : Business Means Morality; Moral Dilemmas Can Make or Break Business People. Efforts Are Being Taken to Challenge Recruits to Explore What Actions They Would Take If the Ball Landed in Their Court. Thrive Speaks to Carole Parkes, Course Director at Aston Business School
Students from around the world come to Birmingham to develop their business acumen.
The challenge for Aston Business School's team, lead by Carole Parkes, (right) is to find the balance when people with different thinking and cultures are encouraged to reflect on their business practice.
"It can be a real eye opener to hear different students' views," said Carole, who coordinates the MBA programme.
One of the latest developments is input from Birmingham Centre for Business Ethics, that brings together leading executives and representatives from the business world, politicians, churches and industrial groups.
"These are senior professionals who are interested in business ethics and social responsibility and keen to see awareness being raised in younger people coming into the organisations," explained Carole.
"The BCBE felt it would be helpful to do this through universities and we set up workshops for students that have been very successful."
The successes encouraged Aston Business School to make ethics a compulsory core module on its MBA and former Chancellor and BCBE supporter Sir Adrian Cadbury heads up one of the sessions.
"He makes a lively contribution to the session about corporate governance and challenges students to look at what their actions would be in differentsituations," explained Carole. The School is keen that the cultural mix of the students is balanced on many courses, including the full time MBA course that allows no more than 20 per cent from one country.
This year's input has brought together 140 students from across the world including the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Russia, Brazil, China, India, Korea and Thailand. …