The PRME Regional Chapter Brazil, UNDP Office Brazil, in collaboration with PRME Secretariat, PRME Chapter DACH, and PRME Working Groups, and with the support of UN Global Compact Brazilian Committee, are pleased to announce the 4th Responsible Management Education Research Conference. Hosted by the Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (FIEP), the conference will be held on 13-14 September in Curitiba, Brazil with the general theme:

“New Research Questions for Advancing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”

After the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015 by the United Nations, including through a high level of involvement and contribution from UN Global Compact and PRME, a favourable climate has been created for concerted action aimed at materializing the sustainable development agenda and process. In this respect, the SDGs already act as the flagship issue for both PRME and the UN Global Compact. PRME has already started integrating the SDGs into its workstreams and lacing an even higher emphasis on this integration, including through promoting a higher role and contribution of research.

The new research questions (both theoretical and applied) to be discussed in the conference should have the potential to contribute to the following:

  • Achieving a better understanding of the complexity, interconnectedness and multidimensional nature of the SDGs and the respective 169 targets, with a general aim of moving the traditional research focus from the manifestation aspect towards the main causes of the SDG related issues
  • Creating practical (business, management education content and methodology, policy making, school strategies, government administration and other) solutions that could be applied locally, nationally and globally
  • Establishing common ground for businesses, management education (researchers, professors and school managers), policy makers, government, 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 three previous Responsible Management Education Research (RMER) Conferences held in Chur (2014), Cairo (2015), and Krems (2016), the aim of the 4th RMER 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), UNDP 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 their knowledge and skills integrating responsible management and sustainable development into their professional efforts.

The conference invites contributions to research sessions, interactive panel 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 research relevant and impactful on business practice, management education, and the economic and social transformation and change at large.

While providing a forum for a truly global discussion, the conference will also be an opportunity to join the ongoing global celebration of PRME’s 10th anniversary, and to acknowledge and reflect upon the results achieved, as well as to share views and ideas on the challenges and opportunities ahead.