CEMS Projects

CEMS — Global Alliance for Management Education is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies. Founded in 1988 in Europe, the network has grown steadily, largely due to the success and popularity of the CEMS Master’s in International Management program. Today, CEMS is the global league of leaders on the pre-experience Master’s market and it cannot be equaled in terms of reputation of its members: 28 world-class academic institutions collaborate together with 56 corporate partners to offer international, postgraduate students a unique blend of high quality education and professional experience. (www.cems.org)

Laszlo Zsolnai founded the CEMS Business Ethics Faculty Group in 1997. Since then he serves as Chairman of this Group. Members include  Zsolt Boda (Corvinus University of Budapest), Tomasz Dolegowski (Warsaw School of Economics), Nel Hofstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Knut J. Ims (Norwegian School of Economics Bergen), Josep Losano (ESADE Business School Barcelona), Eleanor O’Higgins (University College Dublin and London School of Economics), Kristina Rolin (Helsinki School of Economics), Aloy Soppe (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Antonio Tencati (Bocconi University Milan) and Steen Valentin (Copenhagen Business School).

The CEMS Business Ethics Group teaches joint courses, executes research projects and publishes books and papers.

Copenhagen Blocked Seminar

A CEMS Block Seminar in business ethics focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility was held from August 18-23, 2008, at Copenhagen Business School.  The host was Steen Vallentin (Copenhagen Business School). Faculty included Aloy Soppe and  Nel Hofstra (Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and Laszlo Zsolnai from the Business Ethics Center. Laszlo Zsolnai lectured on the Costs and Benefits of Socially Responsible Business.

"Responsible Business" Blocked Seminar in Bergen

From August 25-31, 2007, the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) conducted the CEMS Block Seminar in business ethics in Bergenben. The title of the seminar was “Responsible Business.” Knut J. Ims (NHH) served as course director. Faculty included Ove D. Jakobsen (Bodø Graduate School of Business), Eleanor O’Higgins (University College Dublin), Lars Jacob Thynes Pedersen (NHH), Kristina Rolin (Helsinki School of Economics), Antonio Tencati (Bocconi University Milan),  and Zsolt Boda and Laszlo Zsolnai from the Business Ethics Center. Zsolt Boda’s topic was  “Global Responsibility of Multinationals,” while Laszlo Zsolnai lectured on “The Nature of Responsibility” and “Buddhist Economics.”

Business Ethics Blocked Seminar in Milan

A CEMS Blocked Seminar, entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability: New Perspectives on Business Management,” was held from September 5-10, 2005, at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Faculty included Knut J. Ims (Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration, Bergen), Eleanor O’Higgins (University College Dublin), Antonio Tencati (Bocconi University Milan), Steen Vallentin (Copenhagen Business School) and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest). Zsolnai presented the video “The Paradox of Business Ethics,” produced by the Business Ethics Center, and lectured on ethical business models in which managers consider the interests of the natural environment, society at large and future generations.

Business Ethics Blocked Seminar in Helsinki

From August 29-September 2, 2005, the Business Ethics Blocked Seminar of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) was held at the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.  Faculty included Laszlo Zsolnai (chairman of the CEMS Business Ethics Interfaculty Group), Aloy Soppe (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Tomasz Dolegowski (Warsaw School of Economics), Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila and Kristina Rolin (Helsinki School of Economics) and Sirpa Juutinen (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Zsolnai lectured on “The Moral Economic Man” and “The Cost and Benefit of Socially Responsible Business.”

"Ecological and Human Values in Business" Blocked Seminar

Laszlo Zsolnai was Director of the “Ecological and Human Values in Business” CEMS Blocked Seminar from August 29 – September 4, 2004, in Monoszlo, near Lake Balaton, Hungary.  Faculty included Knut J. Ims (Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration, Bergen), Ove Jakobsen (Bodø University), Nel Hofstra and  Aloy Soppe (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Laszlo Zsolnai and Zsolt Boda  (Corvinus University of Budapest).

The seminar explored the ecological and human values perspective for transforming business into a more ecological and human form. Business is considered an existential enterprise because its decisions and policies greatly influence the fate and survival of nature, society and future generations. Ecological and human values provide limits for business within which it is legitimate and productive. However, by transgressing ecological and human values, business activities become destructive and self-defeating.

Globalization and the Community

Laszlo Zsolnai, Zsolt Boda, Tomasz Dolegowski, Knut Ims, Joseph Lozano, Eleanor O’Higgins, & Antonio Tencati 'Globalization and the Community.' European Business Forum, 2004, pp. 23-24

Members of the Business Ethics Group of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) explore alternative strategies for companies engaged in globalization. They argue that if business follows the unhindered, ‘market fundamentalist’ type of globalisation then it could lose its legitimacy. It is better for globalised business to enter into an open dialogue with the global civil society and try to develop a cooperative strategy.

Ethics in the Economy - Handbook of Business Ethics

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) Ethics in the Economy - Handbook of Business Ethics. Peter Lang, Oxford - Bern - Berlin - Bruxelles - Frankfurt am Main - New York - Wien , 2002. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

The book aims to provide a comprehensive, new look at business ethics topics and models from a European perspective. Apart from theoretical arguments and empirical data, case studies and games are used to get closer to real life problematics of business. The book is written by leading business ethics professors of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS).

Business Ethics Blocked Seminar in Nice

Under the direction of Laszlo Zsolnai, the Business Ethics Interfaculty Group of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) organized a business ethics course that served as a component of the CEMS Master’s Program. The course was taught on September 9-16, 2001 in Grasse, near Nice, in France. Topics included the moral aspects of economic behavior, business and society, the stakeholder corporation, finance and ethics, personal responsibility in business, corruption, institutional aspects of the market, ethical decision-making, business and sustainability, and international ethics and globalization.

The European Difference - Business Ethics in the Community of European Management Shools

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) The European Difference - Business Ethics in the Community of European Management Shools . Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston - Dordrecht - London, 1998. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

The book presents the business ethics visions, programs and experiences of member universities of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). Since the authors are leading professors of business ethics in different European countries, the book can serve as a special guide to the European business ethics movement.