Social Impact

The recent economic crisis, disruptive social change, unsustainable development are the challenges that the future managers will increasingly find on their path towards profitability. Those who will not be thoroughly prepared to face these challenges, limiting their perspectives to studying the laws of economics and business management only, will lack the proper tools to navigate this complexity.

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To manage such a “liquid environment”, as Bauman would say, different knowledge is needed, even knowledge that was previously considered marginal and therefore affected by prejudice. In fact, while it is true that the economic system has obviously repercussions on ethics, social systems and environment, it is also true that the causal relationship can be reversed:  ethics, social responsibility and environmental sustainability have a direct and strong impact on economic performance, and therefore on the success of the manager or the entrepreneur.

To be a leader one must become acquainted with the concept of ethics, because that is needed to become a ‘guide’. Leadership is the ability to be followed, becoming an example is the instrument for achieving it. Such a behavior in turns propagates ethical actions in the organization, thus increasing the ease of interaction, trust, cohesion and hence organizational performance. Similarly when stakeholder management is at stake, inevitably we must talk about responsibility, otherwise accountability becomes  a problem we need to manage on our side. Learning what responsibility means learning how to build long-lasting partnerships, trust and collaboration. And trust in turn creates networks and projects that transcend the boundaries of the individual company generating larger returns. Finally, the same long-term perspective is needed for improving operations, managing wisely the resources that need to be reproduced to assure firm’s survival. Understanding how to act in a sustainable way is therefore instrumental to acquire this time horizon, to create growth founded on a solid basis that can resist to sudden crisis.

Ethics, responsibility and sustainability are therefore not only three dimensions managers should pay attention to as human beings, but above all they are three instruments that must be used to achieve better leadership, better stakeholder management, long-term perspective and a most efficient resource management.

That is why LUISS Business School has made a strategic decision to include in its curricula the Social Impact initiative: in order to teach students how to manage this vital interconnection and provide them with the tools to govern it, transforming what was considered an additional cost before into a real opportunity

Through a series of workshops organized in partnership with NGOs, institutions and social enterprises, students will be led to broaden their perspectives, and to evaluate the size and the weight of their actions in a wider, globalized and interconnected world.
The workshops are designed to develop students’  resilience and teamwork skills, and are focus on creating innovative solutions for the real problems NGOs, institutions and social enterprises face when balancing social and environmental impact with business sustainability.


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