Matti Sommarberg, the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Business, greets new LFC students. He notes that LFC is a testimony of many key purposes of our faculty — we want to increase understanding of the complex environment, where people, society, technology, businesses and nature interact, and we are finding new knowledge to solve the grand challenges and wicked problems in a sustainable manner.
The Dean advises students to be alert during these times of a global pandemic. He reminds that the COVID-19 pandemic provides fruitful material for reflection about the topics that the MDP in Leadership for Change deals with. The Dean encourages everyone to contribute to the programme by being active, asking, commenting and making suggestions.
New students in the master’s programme in Leadership for Change attended the virtual Leadership Symposium (in Finnish: Johtajuussymposium, johtajuus standing for leadership) organized on 9 September 2020 by the Faculty of Management and Business in Tampere University. The students were tasked to pay attention to how change — one of the key concepts of the study programme — was talked about, to relate this to their lectures and course readings and to write reflections on the basis of it. We are publishing some of the student reflections here.
As part of their course Current Trends in Leadership and Change (LFCS05), LFC students have written blog posts about resilience, circular economy practices, stakeholder relations, conflicts in organizations and relational frictions in European monarchies.
There are several topics and areas that the management must consider when they are trying to move into a more sustainable way of doing business. In this blogpost, we will introduce and elaborate some themes that we find important when considering sustainable leading, focusing especially on the stakeholder point of view.
Sustainability has been discussed for a long time. During the first global environmental conference in 1972, the concept of sustainable development was first introduced by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, where nations discussed environmental issues. In 2015, the United Nations General assembly adopted “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and defined 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) with 169 related targets that address the major economic, social and environmental concerns our society is currently facing” (UN General Assembly, 2018). There are two sustainable development goals that refer to entrepreneurship mainly because of their association with education, creation of jobs, creativity and innovation – goal 4 and goal 8 (see UN General Assembly, 2018). Despite that sustainability has been on the table for a while, the question of “how to lead sustainably” is yet to be answered. We hope that in this blog post we can introduce some ways in which companies could be led in a more sustainable manner.