Ashridge launches its M.Sc. in Sustainability and Responsibility

23 03 2009

Ashridge is delighted to announce the launch of the new Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility – a two year part-time MSc programme of eight ntensive residential workshops, each of five days duration.

The MSc programme directors form the core of an extensive community of practice in sustainability education developed over the past 15 years. Gill Coleman, Chris Seeley and Tim Malnick were all involved in the New Academy of Business founded by Anita Roddick and subsequently directed the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath. Chris Nichols has taught extensively with Gill, Chris and Tim while also leading the Strategy Engagement practice at Ashridge. The MSc is further connected into a community of practitioners, both within and beyond Ashridge, with more than 250 members who have studied these topics and learned together, and who now operate a very active global network with leading roles in business, the public sector, academia and NGOs.

You can find out more about the programme and book a place on an open day here. Open days will be held at Ashridge on 28 April and 20 June 2009.

Intelligent growth in a finite world

18 03 2009

Over the coming weeks we will be offering you perspectives on some of the most profound sustainability challenges facing us all in our professional lives and as citizens.

We begin here by exploring the principles and informing ideas behind intelligent growth with similarly thoughtful pieces on happiness and well-being, and ecological mindset in the next two issues. A series of more pragmatic, “change in action” perspectives will follow – but in our experience, effective change rests on carefully considered principle.

So we start with Anthony Kasozi, a Business Director at Ashridge Consulting, who questions narrow definitions of business growth: “In corporate and economic management circles ‘growth’ has become something of an unchallenged mantra. Business growth is presented as the weighty, unexplained and unqualified expectation that it is always good and always necessary.”

He proposes a wider, more useful concept: “acceptance of limitation, utility or caution, far from being evidence of lack of imagination, can be the basis of better business insight as well as courageous, valuable innovation” – which Anthony suggests is better described as ‘Intelligent Growth’. Read his thought-provoking new article here.

You can also watch a video of Anthony introducing the idea of intelligent growth to an audience of business leaders with a response by Karin Laljani, Senior Vice President, Market Strategy and Sustainability at InterfaceFLOR, and Kai Peters, CEO of Ashridge.