Witten | 16 participants | Sustainability in Food, Agriculture and their Supply Chains
“Even if I had come all the way to Europe just for the Winter School, it would still have been worth it!” – Indonesian Participant
Lille | 70 participants | Developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets
With sessions by: Ignace Schops (winner Green Nobel Prize), Francois Tasmowski (McCain) and Frederique Le Manach (NGO Bloom). Read More.
“We arrived [back in Vienna] exhausted but very happy and inspired about the past days. We had a great time in Lille!” – Austrian Participant
Vellore | 30 participants | Sustainable Energy and Social Entrepreneurship
“I’m so glad [to have been part] of such a wonderful event to learn fresh perspectives. This was a very enriching experience for me.” – Indian Participant
Paderborn | 25 full-time participants | Fairer Economics and Trade
“[The Meeting made it clear] how easy, effective and important sustainability is for everyday business.” – German Participant
Tbilisi | 30 participants | Transforming Management Education
“The facilitators took us on a journey and exposed us to eye-opening ideas. They took us out of our comfort zone. They taught us that leadership is not one person taking charge, but rather a mechanism of equality.” – Azerbaijani Participant
Reading | 15 participants | Sustainability in Finance Research
With the participation of: Prof. Jill Atkins (University of Sheffield), Prof. Michael Barnett (Rutgers Business School) and Prof. Sébastien Pouget (Toulouse School of Economics). Read More.
“The academy was the perfect forum to gain valuable and constructive feedbacks on my PhD work.” – Swiss Participant
Bratislava | 10 full-time participants | Sustainability As Success Factor for Corporations
“Attending this Meeting met more than my expectations. I met a group which works really hard, and do their best. I never heard a lot about entrepreneurship in Slovakia, and I can say that, I was really amazed.” – Georgian Participant
Brussels | 25 participants | Alternatives For Sustainable Economics
“Such a great opportunity for us to engage in discussions, learn more and show our new members more about our international network.” – French Participant
Speicher | total 58 participants | Sustainable Leadership
“The meeting exceeded all my expectations and gave me the feeling of a strongly interconnected international community. It also contributed to better chapter management.” – Slovak Participant
St. Gallen | 85 participants | #WalkTheTalk for Sustainability in Economics and Management
With sessions by: Antje Von Dewitz (Vaude), Dominik Moesching (myclimate), Lissi Reitschuster (Manebo) and Lisa Futing (Audi). Read More.
“To discuss opportunities and challenges and to get inspired and motivated, the FutureLab matters. It is also an amazing opportunity to get challenged and meet new friends.” – Danish Participant
Zurich | 20 participants | Digitalisation and Energy Efficiency in Smart Cities
With the participation of oikos alumni: Annette Kern Ulmer (ewz), Jose Ibarra (consultant) and Ronny Kaufmann (SwissPower). Read More.
“This debate was a great opportunity to meet experienced alumni and catch up with old known oikees. It was particularly interesting thanks to the participation of alumni working in different areas.” – Spanish Panelist
More Highlights in Numbers
One Scholarship | 6 months | St. Gallen
In 2016, oikos invited the first Associate to conduct in-depth research on a current topic: Digital Economy and Sustainability. While compiling a comprehensive report on the challenges and opportunities of digitalization, he also organized three topical events.
“I think the future is very bright, as the positive effects of digitalization dominate. In fact, the negative sides could eventually be eliminated – if policy makers and businesses work together and adopt the new technologies in a responsible and sustainable way.” – Christoph Rappitsch, oikos Associate 2016
oikos’ PhD Fellowship project has been running since 2006. In its 11th year, oikos PhD Fellows Stefano Ramelli and Lena Hörnlein organized the 6th oikos Finance Academy together with Henley Business School, run the oikos Case Study competition, advanced the oikos PRME research hub and held a workshop at the oikos FutureLab. Our PhD Fellows research at the Institute for Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.
40+ Submissions | 6 Winners | 5 Free Cases
Adding 5 free cases to our extensive case library, and acknowledging a total of 14 great cases, the oikos Case Writing Competition 2016 was a great success. With our cases we promote the integration of sustainability into case-based business and economics classes worldwide. The best cases are frequently published. Find out all about the winners in 2016 here.
“I have helped manage the Energy Learning Circle for two years now and there have been quite a few lessons to take away, technically and otherwise. As a personal lesson, this has made me realize my strengths and lapses in management and has given me a chance to learn how to work with people thousands of miles away.” – Indian Learning Circle Manager
“I’m incredibly appreciative of the warm welcoming I received from the oikos community. Participating in the alumni network rejuvenated my connection to oikos and strengthened my pride as an alumnus.” – American Alumnus
Read more about our involvements here (Accenture), here (ISIPE), here (GRLI), here (CBS), here (ISL), here (WSEN), here (PRME), here (PRME DACH), here (sd universities) and here (Academy of Management).
“Your video presentation was so well received by the audience. Thank you so much for bringing a much needed [youth] perspective.” – AOM 2016 Organizer
Passionate members are the core of oikos. They drive projects together with their advisors and other partners. Through their local engagement they make a difference in the field of economics and management. Hear from (and see) some of our chapters here!
“At the beginning I told myself: it would be fantastic to prepare the oikos CEE Meeting with my chapter. We had to work a lot, but we received more!”
Marek Zeleniak, Co-Organiser, oikos CEE Meeting 2016; President, oikos Bratislava, Slovakia
“To us, COMMIT, the Summer School showed how all kinds of amazing people around the world working on a common goal can make a difference and transform our education system into a more sustainable and wholesome learning opportunity for us all.”
Anna Beyer, Facilitator, oikos Summer School 2016; EB Member, oikos International; Member, COMMIT
“One of the greatest things of my oikos days was the community of oikees with similar values and dreams for changing society. I am sure that without this support, I would not have gone the journey to become a (social) entrepreneur and co-found the Impact Hub Zurich.”
Niels Rot, Alumnus, oikos St Gallen; Co-founder, Impact Hub Zurich, Switzerland
“It was a challenging time as vice-president of oikos Paderborn but I am still convinced that they were some of the most influential years in my life. I truly hope that many of my fellow students were inspired by our values and realized that there are other people supporting the same ideas as them.”
Maria Pinkser, Vice-President, oikos Paderborn 2016; Co-Organiser, Germany Meeting 2016
“The oikos finance seminar was one of the best experiences in my PhD so far: well-organized, an interesting research network both in terms of peers and faculty and relevant feedback on my academic work. I highly recommend it for sustainable finance scholars.”
Helen Toxopeus, Participant, oikos PhD Academy 2016; PhD Student, Erasmus School of Economics, Netherlands
“The [Spring Meeting] remained full of encounters and discoveries. It showed me that oikos is not only about sharing ideas and promoting sustainability but is also about implicating ourselves and working with people, from our chapter or from the international community. During these four days, I was glad to meet interesting people (speakers and participants) that shared with me their passion and their experiences and I enjoyed eye-opening discussions with the speakers and the executive board about oikos Lille’s opportunities.”
Fanny Bancourt, Co-Organiser, oikos Spring Meeting 2016; President 2016/17, oikos Lille, France
“It was my honor organizing the FutureLab and being part of the great international team. Not only the topic but also the people involved in making this conference a memorable one, helped me to grow in very many ways. A heartfelt thanks to everyone, who was part of it.”
Christopher Burgahn, Member of the FutureLab Team 2016
“Trying to organize a platform for people across the globe to meet in Asia was a very huge task but the entire organizing team proved that it was possible with the most tedious of efforts. We saw many amazing people coming up with brilliant ideas and suggestions on sustainable development, and the true success of the oikos Asia Meet 2016 stemmed out of this very fact that sustainability found many more hands to help it grow. Although we faced our fair share of difficulties, in the end it was all a worthy learning experience.”
“I want to thank the people at oikos and Engagement Migros for giving me this great opportunity to do research on the Digital Economy and Sustainability. And I would like to close with a quote from Bill Gates: “The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.””
Christoph Rappitsch, oikos Associate for Digital Economy and Sustainability
“LEAP Intermediate was absolutely one of the most inspiring events of my life. During this short period I have seen passion and involvement. These two words really describe this time. It was amazing. When I looked at everyone and saw that they do this because they really want to do something, change something, with you everything seems easier. I felt that I can also do this. If you want to feel this you must join!”
Tomasz Wegyrzn, Participant, LEAP Intermediate 2016; Member, oikos Opole, Poland
The international team supports the oikos community, facilitates partnerships within the network and outside of it, and maintains a platform open for innovative ideas in line with oikos’ vision and mission.
Learn more about the oikos governance.