From: 9/7/2015   To: 9/8/2015


The Second Responsible Management Education Research Conference:

Inclusive Businesses

7-8 SEPTEMBER, 2015




The Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at School of Business at the American University in Cairo and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Regional Chapter MENA (Middle East and North Africa), are pleased to announce the 2nd  Responsible Management Education Research Conference. The conference will be held on September 7-8, 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. The conference main theme is “inclusive businesses”. Inclusive business is a dynamic and growing field of business practice that is changing the development solution matrix for institutions, and actors working towards poverty alleviation, equitable development and inclusive growth. With a more strategic and developmental footprint, inclusive businesses transcend the conventional CSR model by  advancing profitable supply and value chain partnerships with the poor, and socially responsible interventions. Serving as an effective and sustainable framework for poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor at the base of the pyramid (BoP), there is much to learn about the role, concepts and models of inclusive businesses in order to unleash its potential.Building on the 1st Responsible Management Education Research Conference held in Chur Switzerland in October 2014, the aim of this year’s Conference is to foster knowledge exchange and networking opportunities by connecting emerging as well as established regional PRME Chapters,  PRME Working Groups and other entities in the PRME community (both signatories and non-signatories) with key regional stakeholders and the wider audience of educators and representatives of universities, students, business, government, media, and civil society organizations; eager to advance their knowledge and skills integrating responsible management and sustainable development into their professional efforts. The conference will provide a forum for a truly global discussion of ideas, research, and showcasing projects and interventions that can help advance more inclusive businesses in practice and in management education, as well as achieving responsible business eco-systems.


Conference Research TopicsSuggested topics for submission under the overarching theme of inclusive businesses include:


  • Good practices and innovations in inclusive businesses towards socio-economic empowerment, inclusion and poverty alleviation.
  • Participatory approaches to value chain development.
  • Startups in the supply chains of regional and multinational companies.
  • Building competitive advantage and the social impact of inclusive businesses.
  • Impact investing concepts and applicability to emerging economies.
  • Donor, foundation, civil society organization and government partnerships with businesses to promote inclusive businesses.
  • The role of inclusive businesses in local economic development and the creation of trading and industrial clusters.
  • Promoting and advancing inclusive businesses in management education.
  • The role of government, and policy in creating an enabling environment for inclusive businesses.
  • The role of philanthropy and volunteerism in supporting the formation and expansion of inclusive businesses.
  • Others, as proposed by PRME groups and/or other topic proponents.