A new book on global businesses and sustainability from Greenleaf publishing recently hit the market: Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory Into Practice. A portion of this treatise on sustainable practices was co-authored by MIU’s own Emanuel Schachinger.
Focusing on the application of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), Educating for Responsible Management aims to “go beyond current discussions of sustainability and corporate social responsibility content to include a wider lens that highlights the processes of educating the next generation of responsible managers.” This practical approach to sustainable business models is supported by the mission of MIU’s College of Business Administration, which aims to teach students how to solve problems creatively, communicate clearly, and to work harmony with others.
Through his work on Educating for Responsible Management, Schachinger highlights the harmonious relationship between PRME and the lessons learned at MIU. In a chapter on Consciousness Development for Responsible Management Education, Schachinger writes alongside professor Dennis P. Heaton of MIU. Together, the pair develops a vision of how to create “responsible managers who can create shareholder value while pursuing business in a way that conforms to the values of the UN Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.”
Alongside a commentary by Professor Chris Laszlo of Weatherhead School of Management, Schachinger and Heaton illustrate how conscious development can be cultivated to apply PRME. In an excerpt on the importance of PRME, the authors advocate incorporating Transcendental Meditation as a way to cultivate the higher states of consciousness necessary to support an effortless application of PRME in business administration. The authors write, “The capabilities that come with higher consciousness development– encompassing cognitive, moral, and emotional development– provide a starting point for values and practices that enhance work, contribute to society, and respect the natural environment.”
An Austrian native, Schachinger came to the states in order to study consciousness, sustainability, and business at MIU’s College of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability, Personal Development, and Organized Change.