Arden representatives attend Sustainable Management Conference in Lisbon

Hosted by ISCTE Business School, Arden representatives were present at this year's RMER Conference. Now in its 10th year, the conference is focussed on responsible management education, research, and sustainable business practices. 

Celebrating the jubilee anniversary, this year's occasion was an opportunity to reflect on a decade of progress and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities that lie on the path to a more sustainable world.

Bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders, including companies, nonprofits, governmental entities, organizations, consumers, and society at large, the conference was looking to collectively advancing the 2030 Agenda and beyond.

One notable focus of the conference - Emotional Intelligence for Sustainable Development in Management Education - which was supported by the Arden academics in attendance.

Dr. Alison Watson, Head of School of Leadership and Management and Dr. Syed Ali Tarek, Principal Lecturer & Deputy Head of School, presented their paper titled "Strategies to overcome resistance to integration of emotional intelligence for sustainable development in business schools."

Their highly acknowledged paper delved into the potential of emotional intelligence (EI) as a critical competency for sustainable development in management education. It examined strategies to overcome resistance to the integration of EI within business schools. Their study explored how emotional intelligence awareness, prioritisation, and training can enhance leadership skills of business school academics, ultimately preparing students for the challenges of today's complex and rapidly changing business environment. 

Their research is particularly significant as emotional intelligence is increasingly recognised as a critical component of effective leadership in the contemporary business world, yet empirical research on its impact within the context of business schools is limited.

Drs Alison and Syed believe, 'Responsible management education and research are the driving force behind achieving the SDGs, ensuring our actions today secure a better tomorrow for all.'