22 Apr 2015

Open University Business School invites local business leaders to attend Business Network Breakfast Briefing

Making sense of climate change: the role of personal values in understanding business engagement.

Local business leaders in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, are invited to attend the next Open University Business School ‘Business Network Breakfast Briefing’ on Wednesday 6 May. Open University (OU) associate lecturer and principal associate of the Sustainable Business Company, Dr Sarah Williams, will discuss how understanding the values of senior managers and staff can help business leaders overcome internal tensions and deliver necessary changes when dealing with the challenges of sustainability.

Climate change will return to the top of the business and political agendas again later this year, when the United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris in November and December. Businesses will be expected to deliver the sustainability that leaders demand to meet the challenges of society but Dr Williams believes there is a tension between the messages from Government to business and how business leaders choose to act. Dr Anja Schaefer, senior lecturer in management will be joining Sarah for the Q&A session.

The aim of the OUBS Business Network is to share the research insights of its leading academics on leadership and management and help small, medium and large businesses to flourish. Previous Business Network Briefings have looked at a range of subjects, including ‘Big Data’, ‘Managing SMEs’, ‘Managing in Digital Markets’ and ‘Sport as the Local Economic Game Changer’.

The networking event takes place at the Open University, Walton Hall, on Wednesday 6 May, between 8am and 10am. There is no charge to attend but pre-booking is essential. A hot breakfast buffet will be served at 8am.

For further information, or to register for a place, email, or call +44 (0) 1908 332007., @OUBSchool


Notes to editors
Founded in 1983, The Open University Business School (OUBS) has become one of the leading business schools in the world and a pioneer in distance learning business and management education.

The school’s flexible and practice-based programmes transform careers and organisations by enabling people to learn while remaining in full time employment. Tutors are practising professionals in their fields and the school’s qualifications and Executive Education programmes are developed by subject specialists and grounded in leading-edge research.

OUBS offers part time and distance learning business and management courses leading to internationally recognised MBA, MSc, BA, BSc qualifications and professional certificates. Its True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) also contributes courses (MOOCS) to the online learning platform, FutureLearn.

Through its work-based Executive Education programmes, OUBS helps organisations across a range of sectors to address specific needs. Sectors include local and central government, defence, healthcare, education, the third sector, financial services, IT, telecoms, engineering and construction, energy and utilities, sport and fitness or transport and logistics.

OUBS has a sister law school, The Open University Law School

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