“Through its studies and research, the Center can become the transforming seed that changes both the economy and education. The Center will be a place for Technological Reflection and Dialogue’ for rediscovering “WISDOM”, so that we could use our technical and human educational skills to build a much wiser world. We need “Phronesis”, Aristotle’s notion of “practical wisdom,” or an understanding of the Sattvic person. The Center will explore methodologies for building these into our effort for co-creating wiser organizations.The Industrial Era 1.0 may be said to have begun in 1776 with Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations,” James Watt’s steam engine and more. It took 50 to 150 years for the technologies to spread out from the country of its origin. The new technologies needed to prepare the young to work in the factories. So the system of public education was developed and institutions like colleges and universities were built. Education has been a feeder system for the industrial world, designed to take nature’s resources and turn them into “products and services” to raise the “standard of living.” With automation, the world moved into a new industrial era 2.0. The number of persons, working in factories, is becoming progressively smaller as jobs are being automated, computerized and eliminated. Over-using the resources, nature had stored up for us, and irresponsibly discharging our wastes into the environment may be putting the future at risk for everyone. The Center will work jointly with the Center for Environment & Energy Efficiency Tools (CE3T) and the Center for Environmental and Green Technologies to learn how to “Live Lightly, Lively and Wisely?” Living lightly means a profoundly low-carbon economy. To get there, we need to rethink our technology options.”
GTU has organized three conferences on Business Ethics:
25-26 September 2010: First National Conference on "Business Ethics for Global Success of Indian Businesses" held at AMA with a participation of more than 300;
22-23 September 2011: Second National Conference on "Business Ethics & Corporate Governance" organized at FGI Auditorium, Vadodara with a participation of more than 250.
The 3rd International Conference on ‘Business Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Enterprises' was organized at the GTU Auditorium, Chandkheda Campus, Ahmedabad on 8 – 9 February 2013.
Under the new Global MBA program, which came into force in August 2011, an essential course on Business Ethics & Corporate Governance at the fourth semester and an elective course on Gandhian Philosophy for Managing Business at the third semester have been introduced. An International Workshop on "Teaching Anti-corruption in Management Programmes" was organized at GTU campus on Thursday, 28th February 2013. The Resource persons were Prof. Shiv Tripathi (Mzumbe University, Tanzania) and Prof. Ronald Berenbeim (Stern School of Business, New York). Professors Tripathi and Berenbeim are associated with United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME has set up an Anti-corruption Working group, which has developed a tool-kit for help in anti-corruption education at Business Schools. Directors, Deans and more than fifty faculty members, currently teaching the course on Ethics and Corporate Governance at GTU affiliated MBA Institutes, attended the workshop.
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