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The First Global Forum


Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change







The Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit was originally launched October 14th 2006, when the Academy of Management, with its 20,000 professors from over 130 countries, together with thousands of the industry-leading corporations and signatories of the United Nations Global Compact said “yes” to Case Western Reserve University’s invitation to establish the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Inspired by several thousand interviews of business and society innovation, delegates at the First Global Forum shared the vision that business has the opportunity to be one of the most creative forces on the planet, challenging “the great trade-off illusion”; and exploring fresh research on the business case for sustainability.

The Forum brought together top business leaders and educators to focus on ways of doing, researching, and teaching business that is both profitable and successful in addressing the world’s most pressing social needs. Instead of one-way speaking, the Forum allowed participants to spend the majority of their time in intimate dialogue. Innovative processes which foster participative and interactive dialogue, such as Appreciative Inquiry, allowed participants to explore the business case for corporate social responsibility while developing solutions for implementing, researching, and teaching socially responsible activities. Nearly 500 leaders attended.


Global Forum Speakers

Dr. Bertrand Collomb


Marc Gunther


Amory Bloch Lovins

Rocky Mountain Institute

Jane Nelson

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

C.K. Prahalad

Praja Inc.

Peter M. Senge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William H. Starbuck

University of Oregon / New York University

Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo

Purdue University

Patrick Cescau

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Ray C. Anderson

Interface Inc.

Nancy J. Adler

McGill University

Bob Stiller

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

William F. (Bill) Christopher

Garick LLC

David L. Cooperrider

Founder and Faculty Chair of The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
The First Global Forum



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