EM Normandie and the College of Management at University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMCBM), are jointly hosting an International Colloquium on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across the Atlantic’ on May 22-24, 2019, in Boston (USA). This event, which takes place under the framework of the partnership signed in 2016 between the two institutions, shows their shared interests and common determination to create tangible research products that are globally relevant and innovative, severing the core mission of both institutions.
CSR on both sides of the Atlantic is the core theme for this colloquium
“The partnership between the College of Management at UMass Boston and EM Normandie is designed to address the increasing need for international exposure for both our students and faculty. What differentiates this unique program is the mission to extend this collaboration beyond the classroom to a collaborative research environment. In addition to delivering the pedagogical understanding of the globally connected world, the partnership provides a venue for creating tangible research products that make the ‘one-world’ better. Eventually, a research centre dedicated to the study of world issues in business organisation governance could well be started” explains Dr Atreya Chakraborty, Professor of Finance and Director of Partnerships & Doctoral Programs at UMBCM, and EM Normandie Director General Jean-Guy Bernard.
A pedagogical partnership based on student and faculty mobility
Since 2017, 70 places have been opened every year for students from the EM Normandie Grande Ecole Programme (Undergraduate Year 2 & Master’s Year 1) to attend a study semester at UMBCM. Ten faculty members from EM Normandie have accompanied the students and taught 20 courses at UMBCM - the programme includes Business and EFL courses taught by faculty from both institutions. This is the keystone of the model that facilitates connections between French and US faculty, fosters cultural diversity for students and faculty from both institutions, while meeting the specific academic needs of EM Normandie students. The goal is to reach a minimum of 100 students on expatriation by the academic year 2020-2021.
In order to establish reciprocity, two summer schools are scheduled for July 2019 and 2020 to allow UMCBM students to study cross-cultural management and business development for 4 weeks on the EM Normandie campus in Caen, Normandy.
The semester long stay facilitates fruitful and long-standing exchanges between the faculty and helps to develop joint research activities. For example, common research interests in corporate social responsibility and social change, one of the pillars of the Ph.D. in Business Administration program at UMass Boston, has resulted in a series of seminar presentations and co-authored research between faculty and doctoral students from both schools. Some of these collaborations explore the implications of cultural differences and national drivers, culminating in the Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility Across the Atlantic. It is the aspiration of both Universities to continue research collaborations, and efforts are being made to create a research Center dedicated to the study of global issues in corporate governance.
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