September 22, 2009

How Socially Responsible Should Managers Be? (Part 3)



This is the final part of the "How Socially Responsible Should Managers Be?" Series. In the previous posts, I talked about the need for social responsibility for managers and Prof. Jun Borromeo's thoughts on this gap.

For this blog post, I'm sharing Prof. Junbo's plan on how to address the seemingly widening gap between what managers are doing and what managers ought to be doing.

Prof. Junbo's idea is quite simple: Bring all the folks from the MBA, MM (Master in Management), and MDM (Master in Development Management) together. To quote Junbo:
"...It is time to bring all of our degree program students together under one roof (in a manner of speaking). Of course this does not mean that there will only be one program. It simply means that we have to find a vehicle that will give all degree students, during their stay at AIM, the time and the opportunity to learn together and from each other's diverse backgrounds and experiences. Imagine in one can group, comprising 7 or 8 students from MBA, MM, and MDM, the diversity in age, gender, nationality, religion, education, work experience, industry, sector, management experience and position."
Prof. Junbo touches on the concept of "Leadership Plus," a type of leadership that has the edge of the different thrusts of the degree programs. The components of which are:
  • Self-mastery, or the pre-requisites for leadership.
  • Project Management, or the art of leading and getting things done.
  • Communication, or the art of being effective across cultures (organizational and societal).
If you ask me, this is a very good idea, but it's also quite lofty. There will be challenges of the logistics and scheduling, but the benefits are just tremendous. Ask any MBA, MM, or MDM student and this idea will appeal to a side of them. But at the end of the day, this idea will help imbue a a stronger sense of social responsibility among Asian Institute of Management graduates.

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