The objective of the International Week is to foster a global perspective and intercultural climate. By exposing students to international perspectives on current issues in management, the international week experience will provide an opportunity to reflect on ethical issues in the business world, through a multidisciplinary approach. Students will participate in lectures delivered by foreign visiting professors and high-level managers of profit/non-profit organisations.
The International Week focuses on the topic of sustainability, which refers to the long-term survival chances of a system, which is based on interactions with many other subsystems and a fair distribution of resources and opportunities. Sustainability can be approached and analysed in different contexts, such as the geographical context (BRIC, EU, ASEAN , etc.), the industrial context (sector/type of organisation) or the functional context (marketing, finance, production, strategy, etc.). In the different lectures/workshops these different contexts will be illustrated and discussed.
In plenary sessions the global issues of sustainability will be presented by international academics as well as (business) managers. These sessions will illustrate how theory is put in practice. Specific themes or contexts can further be discussed in smaller groups. A group work helps students to learn how international organisations are setting up their sustainability strategy.
Taking into account the current corona-context, it might be that only part of the students will be allowed in the classroom, the other students can join online (or watch the recorded sessions later).