The GRLI has been at the core of the development of the 50+20 vision and implementation of the agenda “Management Education for the World”. 50+20 is not an organization but a vision and movement that seeks to learn of new ways and opportunities for management education to transform and reinvent itself. 50+20 asks critical questions about the state of the world, the emerging societal issues, the dominant economic logic, the purpose of business, the crucial role of leadership, and the challenges facing management education. The project emerged from parallel projects that originated in different parts of the world:
- The World Business School Council of Sustainable Business (WBSCSB) initiated 50+20 as part of an initiative that was born in a supplementary event at the Academy of Management in Montreal in August 2010, when 35 leading sustainability scholars and a few business school deans from around the globe met to talk about “breaking the silos in business and management education”. Some of these deans gathered in a corner and decided it was about time that business schools engaged in the public debate on sustainable development and reflect on what contribution management education could make to create a better world.
- Meanwhile the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), a global partnership of leaders from companies and business schools had launched project SB21, working on a blueprint for the business school of the twenty-first century. The initial meetings of WBSCSB and GRLI sparked a great amount of passion, drive and enthusiasm – chemistry and synchronicity at its best.
- The Principles of Responsible Management Education (U.N. backed PRME)in New York was a natural third partner, given their ambition to sign up as many business schools and management-related academic institutions as possible and to inspire them to provide more responsible management education, research and thought leadership.