Speaker: Dr Belinda Gibbons, Lecturer - Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong
“Does Australia need responsible decision-makers: Why do we include responsible management education in business curriculum?”
The Australian business community requires work ready graduates with the skills and capabilities to cope with real-world interdisciplinary problems. Practitioner and academic literature both document serious concerns about the current approach to business higher education in achieving these attributes (ABDC, 2014). Two key issues frequently noted are the silo disciplinary focus and the lack of exposure to responsible decision-making (RDM). Scholars and practitioners have proposed that the issues with the current business education approach warrant the rethinking of traditional business teaching and learning models in order to develop holistic business graduates who understand the role of organisations in the economy, society, and the environment. The aim of this presentation is to examine the future workforce through the lens of RDM and provide insight into the focus of business education at present in Australia and the social, environmental and economic impact of not responding to this challenge.
Belinda is responsible for coordinating the undergraduate capstone learning and teaching activities varying from program development and delivery in the faculty. Belinda is the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Faculty Coordinator and the PRME Australia/New Zealand Chapter Coordinator. Belinda has also been recently appointed as the Australia and New Zealand representative for the UN PRME Advisory Committee. Her research interests include responsible decision-making and the use of technology in enhancing students learning experience. Belinda led the design, development, implementation and evaluation of an web-based total enterprise simulation prototype at UOW. She has been asked to present on responsible management education to the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) and demonstrate the simulation prototype at networking community events such as PRME, previous Office of Learning & Teaching projects (Van Acker etal., 2012; Benckendorff et al., 2015) and other institutions. Since 2010 Belinda has received various learning and teaching research grants and awards.