Socrates and Sartre assist tomorrow's CEOs

Monash MBA

The study of classical philosophy and contemporary 21st century writers is helping to develop the business leaders of the future.

In a first for an Australian university, 10 students from the Monash MBA program have completed the prestigious Cranlana Colloquium leadership program.

The Cranlana Programme, an initiative of the Myer Foundation, is designed to enhance the understanding of the philosophical, ethical and social issues necessary to create a fair, prosperous and sustainable society in Australia.

Program Manager for the Monash MBA Dr Jane Sherlock-Holcombe said the collaboration with the Cranlana Programme was a key element in developing today’s business students into tomorrow’s leaders.

“The Monash MBA Colloquium has been specially tailored to provide students with a set of value-based frameworks to prepare them for the workplace and better equip them for making difficult ethical and business decisions,” Dr Sherlock-Holcombe said.

“The ability to engage stakeholders, lead innovation and change, and inspire colleagues and teams to reach their full potential is of paramount importance to the success of managers, leaders and ultimately their organisations.

“It is essential that business and community leaders develop their awareness and capacity to do this in an ethical framework. The Cranlana Colloquium assists us in creating that awareness, by providing our students with an opportunity to think about the philosophies that underpin a good and just society, and encouraging them to develop their own philosophy as leaders.”

The Cranlana Colloquium also prepares the students for their Corporate Project assignment – an experiential learning component of the Monash MBA - where students work with host organisations on a live business or management problem.

Cranlana Programme CEO, Kate Latimer said it was exciting to work with the future leaders of industry and engage them in philosophical conversations about what is a good society.

“This is a very exciting initiative, and Monash’s decision to run the Colloquium is a bold and forward-thinking step, and another indication of their desire to develop the person, not just the student,” Ms Latimer said.