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How Our Business & Management Top Ups are Creating the Responsible Leaders of Tomorrow

“Ethical leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good.”

Center for Ethical Leadership


Traditionally, business leaders are focused on achieving commercial objectives. As a result, it’s fair to say that the rights and feelings of others, as well as an organisation's impact on society at large, haven’t always been top priorities for some managers.

However, times have changed.

Today, great leaders need more than just business acumen. They need high levels of cultural and societal awareness, emotional intelligence and a drive to transform their organisation, and the world, for the better.

We've seen the reputation, and even legal, damage that can occur when senior managers make poor ethical decisions – Volkswagen’s emissions scandal and multiple Uber controversies are two examples which show why it’s important to equip business leaders with responsible management and sustainability skills.

Newcastle Business School is proud to be at the forefront in this area. Not only is responsible business one of our key research focuses, but we are also a signatory of the UN sponsored Principles of Responsible Management Education.


Becoming a More Responsible Leader With Us

We’re committed to promoting responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship and business in all of our teaching, consulting and research.

Responsibility, ethics and sustainability are themes running throughout our Integrated Masters in Business and Management (MBus) and our Business and Management BA (Hons) distance learning undergraduate degrees. Open to people with an existing qualification in a related subject, these courses aim to help professionals fast track towards a full undergraduate, or even a postgraduate, degree, as well as arming them with the know how and skill set business leaders need to make a positive impact.

On our BA, you will have the chance to study our International Finance and Responsible Financial Management module, during which you will discover more about the issues responsible businesses face when implementing financial theories, and learn to propose sustainable solutions to complex financial problems.

While on our module on Strategy, you will develop your ability to critically evaluate strategic management, and assess the impact the business environment has on organisations - with the concepts of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the role of stakeholders in organisations being central throughout.

You'll explore these modules on our Integrated Masters course too. However, on this combined undergraduate and postgraduate qualification, you will have the chance to study additional units, taking your learning one step further. These include Globalisation, Innovation and Sustainability, when you will build your key responsible management and strategic decision making skills.


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