The Company and its Social Responsibilities

IESE Business School: 60 Years of the Company's Impact on Society

The Responsibility of Management Schools in the Face of the Technological, Demographic, Social, and Political Challenges that Companies Encounter

Companies are communities of people who seek to reach certain common goals in an organized fashion. Through providing good services, companies contribute to the creation and distribution of wealth and, either directly or indirectly, to solving problems related to human and social development.

This humanistic understanding of the company brings with it certain social responsibilities for organizations—and in particular for the managers who lead them—beyond the attainment of economic results. Because, ultimately, both of these aspects are key to achieving the common good.

IESE has been training leaders with values under this ethical and humanistic approach for 60 years.

In recent decades, social, economic, and technological changes have been forcing us to rethink the functions and responsibilities of companies and managers. Has the raison d’être of companies changed? What are their obligations now? How do new demographic, technological, and social realities affect the managerial function?

This conference aims to reflect on these issues as well as other topics related to the impact that companies have on society, the duties that managers must take on, and the impact that management schools can have in this area.

Speakers

Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Grand Chancellor of the University of Navarra

Professor Robert G. Kennedy, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Professor Martin Rhonheimer, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome / Austrian Institute of Economics and Social Philosophy, Vienna

Professor João Luis César das Neves, Catholic Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Lisbon

Professor Enase Okonedo, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos

Professor Juan Elegido, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos

 

Agenda

Friday, July 5, 2019 (Magna Lecture Hall, North Campus)

*Tentative Schedule

11:00 a.m. – Registration for conference attendees


11:30 a.m. – Welcome

Professor Franz Heukamp, Dean of IESE Business School


11:40 a.m. – First session: “La empresa y su función en la sociedad” (“The Company and its Role in Society” – session given in spanish) 

Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Grand Chancellor of the University of Navarra


12:15 p.m. – Break


12:45 p.m. – Second session: “The Company: Transforming Society”

Professor Robert G. Kennedy, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN: “Business and Its Common Goods”


1:45 p.m. – Lunch


3:00 p.m. – Second session (continued)

Professor Martin Rhonheimer, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome / Austrian Institute of Economics and Social Philosophy, Vienna: “Market Capitalism and Christian Social Ethics: A Contradiction?”

Professor João Luis César das Neves, Catholic Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Lisbon: “Business and the Three Basic Elements of Revelation”


4:45 p.m. – Break


5:15 p.m. – Third session: The Company and Personal Development

Professor Enase Okonedo, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos: “The Role of the Organization in Nurturing Responsible Managers”

Professor Juan Manuel Elegido, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos: “Ethical Convictions and Person Models” (“Convicciones éticas y modelos de persona” – session given in spanish)


7:00 p.m. – End of Conference

Professor Franz Heukamp, Dean of IESE Business School

Dates & Location

Barcelona, July 5, 2019

IESE Barcelona
North Campus
C/Arnús i Garí, 3-7
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Tel.:+34 93 253 4200

 

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