On Friday, April 19th, 2013, the MBA students joined together with LRG Semester 6 for a visiting lecture on “Doing good or doing no harm? Corporate Responsibility in the 21st Century”, by Professor Guido Palazzo.
At the beginning of the 21st century, civilization is facing probably the fastest transformation that ever occurred in human history. The global context is moving from a more or less stable and well organized nation state system into a global, highly complex, liquid and fragmented world. Societal challenges such as human rights violations or environmental degradation which have been rarely on the corporate agenda in the past become key strategic issues today. The presentation considered this new setting for corporate decision making and drew conclusions for the future responsibilities of business in general and the hospitality industry in particular.
Guido Palazzo is a Full Professor of Business Ethics at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne and a visiting fellow at the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham. He earned his PhD in political philosophy from the University of Marburg (Germany), as well as a Master in Management from the University of Bamberg (Germany).
His research focuses on the consequences of globalization for corporate responsibility. He studies, how corporations deal with social and environmental challenges along their globally stretched supply chains. His papers are published in major international research outlets and he is one of the most cited CSR scholars in the world. Guido serves as associate editor of the Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading US outlet for research on business ethics. In 2008 he was awarded with the renowned “Max-Weber-Price for Business Ethics” delivered by the German president Horst Köhler. His current research examines how Mafia organizations infiltrate the supply chains in numerous industries.
Guido Palazzo consults and teaches on business ethics and CSR at companies such as Volkswagen, Puma, ErsteBank Group, Telekom, BNP Paribas, Daimler, and Siemens and works with NGOs such as Amnesty International and SOS Child Village. He has worked with various UN organizations, the WHO, the Fair Labor Association and the World Council for Sustainable Development on CSR related projects.
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