Webinar: Leading Critical Discussions on Sustainability in the International Business Classroom

Leading Critical Discussions on Sustainability in the International Business Classroom

Webinar Jointly Organized by AIB Teaching & Education Shared Interest Group and Georgia State University CIBER

Dr. Maria Ilieva, Osaka City University, Japan
Dr. Miguel Cordova, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru

Dr. Daria Panina, Texas A&M University, United States

Join us for a webinar to explore perspectives from different parts of the World on how sustainability dimensions could be debated in IB classes. In this webinar, we focus on stimulating students’ thinking about interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental aspects in managerial decision-making and preparing students to apply broader considerations in their future career to address global challenges.

Dr. Ilieva will discuss business practices for finding a balance among the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental, and social. How to present the interconnection among the different sustainable goals to international business and management students? Dr. Ilieva will provide examples of cases and videos about gender equality and protection of the environment; recycling in developed countries and improvement of health in less developed countries; green economy, sustainable lifestyles, and environmental societies.

Dr. Cordova will use the fishmeal and fish oil industries as examples of relevant industries for aquaculture development and how this supposedly sustainable activity could be endangering the future of the ocean, due to unsustainable practices at various stages of its supply chains. More sustainable alternatives will be also discussed, in order to unravel this dichotomy and provide valuable insights of how to identify these dual situations within international business.

Key takeaways:

  • Obtaining examples of how social (for instance, gender equality) and environmental issues interact influencing international business and its management. Through these examples, learning to discuss with students pro-sustainability business practices.
  • Through the examples of fishmeal and fish oil global supply chains, learning to lead the discussion about ironic situations that emerge from stakeholders’ sustainability concerns and situations in which stakeholders believe in the benefits of their actions that actually cause environmental harm.

April 29, 2021 11:00AM – 12:00PM EST


About the Speakers

Dr. Maria Ilieva
Specially appointed lecturer at Graduate School of Business
Osaka City University, Japan
Maria obtained her DBA at Osaka City University, Japan. She works as a Specially appointed lecturer at the same university. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Insurance and social protection; and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. Before joining academia Maria Ilieva worked in insurance companies and brokers in Bulgaria – almost ten years in Sales and two years and a half as a trainer in Marketing and Sales department. Her research interests are in the area of corporate governance, strategic decision making; CSR and sustainability. Maria received a Best Reviewer Award from AIB 2020. She attended the Henley International Business Masterclass at the University of Reading, led by Prof. Alain Verbeke and Guest Speakers.

Dr. Miguel Cordova

Associate Professor of Management
Internationalization leader of the Management School
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Miguel is Associate Professor of Management at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Consorcio de Universidades in Peru, PhD studies in the Copenhagen Business School, and MBA from Centrum Católica. His research interests are Power and Influence, Corporate Governance, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, and Entrepreneurship. He was a visiting professor at INSEEC Business School in Paris, UDD in Santiago, ESADE in Barcelona, and UDEM in Monterrey. He is editorial board member of 360 Management Journal (Peru), CEA Journal (Colombia), and Alcance Journal (Brazil). He received five research funds, one teaching award, and an EFMD’s teaching scholarship.


About the Moderator

Dr. Daria Panina
Clinical Associate Professor in Management at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA
Chair @ the AIB Teaching & Education SIG
Dr. Daria Panina is a Clinical Associate Professor in Management at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. from Rutgers University, USA; MBA from American Institute of Business and Economics, Russia; and B.A. from Moscow State University, Russia. She teaches international business and management courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and directs several Study Abroad programs annually. Dr. Panina does research in the areas of cross-cultural skills and global competencies development.