Inside UBC Sauder Executive Education

Dean Robert Helsley discusses executive education, sustainable business, and innovation for positive social change

Robert Helsley, Dean of UBC Sauder School of Business and Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business, Economics and Public Policy, in conversation with Roddy Millar, Editorial Director of IEDP Developing Leaders.

The basic tenets of market capitalism have become increasingly challenged in recent years with a sense that the pendulum has gone too far in pursuit of short-term decision making and profit.

“This is well recognized in the business community,” says Robert Helsley, who has witnessed “a groundswell of support, especially among current students and recent graduates, to do a better job of emphasizing and developing the potential for businesses and business training to contribute to positive social change.”

“I think there are real opportunities for the private sector to play important roles in addressing a whole variety of issues and concerns, and that we need to do a better job of educating students and leaders about how they can take a broader view of what they are doing in business and also consider – in addition to profit and prosperity which are important – the impact that their decisions have on other people, future generations, and to consider a whole variety of different outcomes.”

He says this approach chimes with the spirit on the West Coast of North America “which is entrepreneurial and very socially conscious, so it's a good place to try to address some of those issues, but those are big challenges I think for all of us.”

Watch the video clips below to hear how business and executive educators can address some of these big challenges, or watch the full interview here.

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