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5th Responsible Management Education (RME) Research Conference - 2-13 November 2018 in Cologne, Germ

We are pleased to announce that the 5th Responsible Management Education (RME) Research Conference will be held on 12-13 November 2018 in Cologne, Germany.

The conference will be hosted by the PRME Regional Chapter, DACH and the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at Cologne Business School, Germany, in collaboration with PRME Secretariat, and PRME Anti-poverty Working Group.

The conference will be held on 12-13 November in Cologne, Germany in conjunction with the 6th PRME Chapter DACH (12 November) and 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility (14-15 November) to which PRME is invited to contribute.

The conference general theme is:

“Leadership Development for Advancing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

In their call for systemic changes in business and management education to accelerate progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to sensitize future business leaders to values like sustainability and responsibility, the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) emphasize that business schools and management development institutions should play a key role in shaping the skills and mindsets of future leaders, and act as powerful drivers of corporate sustainability.

To be able to respond to the challenge and contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Global Goals, business schools must change the way they teach about business and leadership, and more systematically incorporate values like sustainability, ethics and responsibility into their teaching, research, stakeholder collaboration and campus leadership.

In this context, conference’s goals include the following:

  • Achieving a better understanding of the complexity, interconnectedness and multidimensional nature of the 17 SDGs and the respective 169 targets, with a general aim of moving from the predominantly discipline/silo focused management research and education towards a holistic and SDG related leadership development approaches and practices.

  • Understanding the related challenges, while also identifying new opportunities and sharing best practices in developing leadership capabilities for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Global Goals.

  • Establishing common ground for businesses, management education, policy makers, NGOs, youth, media, publishers, international organizations, associations and networks, and other stakeholders to create new and/or extend their already existing partnerships and dialogue through a better informed communication and collaboration.

Building on the four previous Responsible Management Education (RME) Research Conferences held in Chur Switzerland (October 2014), Cairo, Egypt (September 2015), Krems, Austria (November 2016) and Curitiba, Brazil (September 2017), the aim of this year’s 5th RME Research Conference is to foster knowledge exchange and networking opportunities by connecting a wide array of hitherto rather loosely coupled communities. While not being exhaustive, these will encompass emerging as well as established PRME chapters, working groups, and other entities in the PRME community (both signatories and non-signatories), and UN Global Compact with key regional stakeholders, and the wider audience of educators and representatives of universities, students, business, government, media, and civil society organizations eager to advance and integrate their understanding, knowledge and skills related to responsible leadership and sustainable development into their respective professional efforts.

The conference invites contributions to research sessions, interactive panels and roundtable discussions as well as poster sessions and demonstrations on various aspects related to the advancement of the SDGs and the respective roles that the key stakeholders could and should play in making leadership development relevant and impactful on business practice, management research and education, and the economic and social transformation and change at large. Please find the call for contributions attached. The deadline for contributions is the 30.6.2018. Several publication opportunities are available.

PRME regional chapters and working groups are invited to present their work to the overall research community and have the option to organize their individual group meetings on 12st November along the conference. Please contact for this opportunity.

The conference will provide a forum for a truly global discussion that can help also in fostering collaboration, partnerships, and dialogue related to the role of research, management education and leadership development in the advancement of the implementation of the SDGs locally, nationally and globally.


Monday, 12. November

Cologne Business School

Hardefuststr. 1

50677 Cologne


Tuesday, 13. November


Am Botanischen Garten 1a

50735 Cologne



The conference is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. A registration fee of Euro 290 is applied. Registration deadline for presenters is the 30th September. Registration can be done online:

For more details, please visit the conference webpage.

We look forward to a great 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference and we hope to see you in Cologne.

Kind regards,

Milenko Gudić, PRM Anti-poverty Working Group Co-chair

Nikolay Ivanov, PRME Secretariat, PRME Champions and Working Groups

Monika Kolb, Conference Organizer, Center for Advanced Sustainable Management, Cologne Business School

Florencia Librizzi, PRME Secretariat, PRME Chapters

Lutz Schlange, PRME Regional Chapter DACH Speaker

Rene Schmidpeter, Conference Organizer, Center for Advanced Sustainable Management, Cologne Business School

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