University of South Australia (UniSA): Chaired Professor of Positive Business, Deputy Director of the Center of Business Ethics and Responsible Leadership (BERL), University of St. Gallen: Privatdozentin / Adjunct Professor, Springer: Editor Journal of Business Ethics (responsible for section International Management), Ambassador of PRME at UniSA School of Business, Academy of Business in Society (ABIS): Former Member of the Management Board, Member: Academy of Management, EGOS, INSEAD: Alumni
Please explain briefly what you would like to achieve by participating in this initiative and comment briefly on what skills/specific experience/resources/knowledge or other value you envisage bringing to the GRLI…
GRLI plays an important role in the institutionalization of responsible leadership. Through engagement with GRLI and like-minded people who drive the responsible leadership agenda in the broader public space, I would like to contribute to this global dialogue across sectors to further raise awareness and disseminate knowledge about this important topic in business practice, business education, and broader society in general.
I am regarded as a pioneer and expert in the field of responsible leadership with about fifteen years of experience in research and teaching in the topic area. This includes substantial experience leading cross-sector research projects and global industry-funded projects on responsible leadership resulting in award-winning journal articles published in leading academic journals (such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics), a series of international show-case events with high-profile executives, the launch of the first book dedicated to responsible leadership (Routledge, edited by Maak & Pless) launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos (as early as 2006) by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and having substantial impact on corporate discourse and industry application. In essence, I bring to GRLI a strong academic background of expertise in the area of responsible leadership, the ability to collaborate and co-create new insights with industry partners, as well as strong networking skills. This skill set could help GRLI to strengthen its presence and reputation in South Australia and beyond.
What emerging and significant industry development(s) keep you awake at night?
As many people, I am extremely concerned about geo-political tensions often caused by irresponsible leadership; and consequences of irresponsible decision making leading to undesired societal and environmental outcomes: e.g. global warming and its consequences (e.g. extreme weather conditions, draughts) for the planet in general, and for developing countries (with higher frequency of severe weather conditions and stronger impact of natural catastrophes due to often underdeveloped infrastructure) endangering wildlife and human beings, and the quality of life of future generations on all parts of the planet. In light of global warming and our responsibility towards future generations I feel specifically worried by expansion plans for the coal industry in some parts of the southern hemisphere.
What are the burning issues and opportunities in your work or role that you would be interested in addressing within the context of the GRLI?
The opportunity to exercise positive influence and educate the current and next generation of global business leaders and help them develop a responsible, human, nature-preserving and purpose-driven leadership approach. Such a broader purpose-driven perspective means to care about more than profit, and for the broader social, humanitarian and environmental consequences of action, and to use leadership influence in a positive way to make the world a better place.