Oliver Laasch, founder of the Center for Responsible Management Education has been awarded a three-year grant to become a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Manchester´s Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR). The position is part of the Innovation for Sustainability (I4S) Marie Curie Initial Training Networks initiated and funded by the European Commission, and lead by the Academy of Business in Society.
Oliver´s research topic is titled ‘ New Business Models in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility ‘. He will explore the topic of eco-system biomimicry, which is guided by the question what man-made systems, such as a supply-chain, or a company, can learn from ecosystems. The underlying assumption is that “man-made sustainability” will be achieved if we are able to design systems that resemble eco-systems, which are “naturally” sustainable. The research outputs will be translated into practice-relevant business models, using action research and case study methodologies.
For the duration of the research fellowship, Oliver will pass on his administrative duties at CRME to the center coordinator Aranzazu Gomez Segovia.