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

Posted On April 12, 2021
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Leading Critical Discussions on Sustainability in the International Business Classroom

Dr. Maria Ilieva, Osaka City University, Japan
Dr. Miguel Cordova, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
Dr. Aušrinė Šilenskytė, University of Vaasa, Finland

Moderator: 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.

Dr. Šilenskytė will discuss how concept circular economy can be brought into the international (strategic) management classrooms: How is value created when companies choose to shift from linear to circular operations? What are the challenges implementing business models grounded in circular economy principles? Are such models possible in international business context? Dr. Šilenskytė will provide several examples of company cases that try adopting circular economy business models and will suggest how to lead classroom discussion by raising critical perspectives, such as hidden sustainability costs, on the topic.

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.
• Obtaining material and methods to present the topic of circular economy in IB classes: through the adoption of concepts planned and perceived obsolescence, as well as product life-cycle approach to sustainability, developing students’ ability to assess critically sustainability-related activities in international business.

April 1, 2021, 11:00AM – 12:00PM EST

Video Recording


Leading Critical Discussions On Sustainability in IB Classroom – GSU CIBER
Maria Ilieva – Presentation Handout (AIB SIG)

Maria Ilieva Slides


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.

Dr. Aušrinė Šilenskytė
University Teacher @ the University of Vaasa, Finland
Vice-Chair, Communications @ the AIB Teaching & Education SIG.
Aušrinė teaches various topics related to international management for undergraduates, master’s degree students, as well as professionals in continuous education. In all Aušrinė’s courses, there is a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and global collaboration. She has served as a digital mentor, supporting teachers in the adoption of new technologies and innovative teaching methods for online education. Aušrinė holds a PhD in the area of international management. In her multilevel research on strategy implementation, Aušrinė applies critical realism and social metatheories, and integrates multiple disciplines in expanding the boundaries of the IB research domain. Her work has been recognized by several international awards and appeared in the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business.

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.