Welcome to PRME community site

Welcome to all PRME participants,

Finally, the community website for the Malaysian Chapter of PRME ASEAN+ is up.  It is yours to use.

As we discussed at the kickoff meeting on Thursday 18 Feb, which was represented by 13 B-schools around Malaysia, each of you responded by wanting to champion the cause of Responsible Management Education when you return to your institutions to raise awareness to the 6 principles.

We had you coming from all around Malaysia, from as far afield as Penang and Sarawak, but mostly from around KL.

The first meeting of PRME ASEAN+ Malaysia Chapter

The first meeting of PRME ASEAN+ Malaysia Chapter

Collectively we identified many obstacles to Responsible Management and asked why we are still talking about the obvious ones after so many years.  One such topic is sustainability. We felt that we need to lead by example and in character and competence building, to turn words into action, not more pretty slides. The human factor is important – we need to start with how we do curriculum management, how we train and recruit part-time academics, how we engage students.

We acknowledged that we should be using existing education tools more effectively and ‘get our house in order’ to promote the right values.  That there is no distinction between values in private educational institutions and public ones – that nurturing values need to start early. Student values underpin the behaviours we want to encourage – and this starts from the teaching at business schools.

Responsible Management can be applied in every aspect of management.  As leaders we need to understand the impact of what we teach and how it influences thinking.

Prof Kuperan from UUM asked us to look at on assumption we have about markets.  Economic theory states that markets are reasonably efficient at allocating society’s scarce resources leading to high productivity and increased average standards of living, but they do not guarantee fairness in allocation of incomes. This requires the corporations and government to redistribute income among the citizen, from richest to the poorest. We cannot just rely on the market. We need responsible leaders. That one key role of business schools is to nurture responsible citizens, responsible business leaders and responsible politicians.

Brainstorming what we need to do

Brainstorming what we need to do

Prof Arfah from PBS asked whether businesses and b-schools today are playing the role of enablers of societal well-being.  She reminded us about the might of today’s corporations, many being larger than governments, which should be able to take over the role of improving human well-being – if they choose to do so.

Prof Hung informed us that Nottingham University is already a PRME member and the huge range of activities that are already involved in, and Prof Nabsiah shared with us the activities USM has been conducting on sustainability.

What a refreshing set of thoughts and discussions we had!  Let us not forget what this means as you reflect on the day and read this in the comfort of your offices.  You can do something about it right now.

We agreed to continue what we started on that day by sharing research ideas, best practices, contributions, questions and issues with the rest of the group.  We will help each other build a community that cherishes Responsible Management practices and learn from each other to strengthen.

This community website will help us share, contribute and discuss.  Use it to the full.

 

With best wishes,

Eng Tong (ET) aka Suleyman
engtong@putrabs.edu.my

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Passionate about the need to be human in business, inside and out, and relentlessly focusing on the needs of what it means to do the “right” thing. Been there and done that, now balik kampung to share the experience.

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