Winners of the 2018 oikos Case Writing Competition

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 oikos Case Writing Competition. Outstanding case submissions competed for prizes this year. In the Sustainable Finance track, the first prize goes to Debapratim Purkayastha, ICFAI Business School Hyderabad, Trilochan Tripathy, XLRI, Jamshedpur, and Benudhar Sahu, ICFAI Business School (India). The first prize in the Social Entrepreneurship track is awarded to Syeda Maseeha Qumer and Geeta Singh from the ICFAI Business School Hyderabad (India). In the Corporate Sustainability track, the first prize goes to Syeda Maseeha Qumer and Debapratim Purkayastha from ICFAI Business School Hyderabad (India). Inspection copies of the winning and runner-up cases will be available online in our oikos free case collection or at the Case Centre in June 2018. We will... »

CSR 65.0 – Corporate Social Responsibility in an Aging Society

12 May 2018 | Theses |

The world’s population is aging and growing daily. As health services improve and communities develop their economic and social infrastructures, infant mortality rates are declining, the population is becoming healthier, and life expectancy is increasing dramatically. According to the WHO, the number of people aged 60 years or older will increase from 900 million in 2015 to two billion in 2050, rising from 12% to 22% of the total global population (UN, 2015). The economic system is dominated by a key player – the business corporation, which is the most significant profit-driven entity in the economic system. Yet, it seems that with regard to aging, corporations fail to fully grasp the consequences of the coming demographic change, not... »

Climate Extremes, Space and Time: A comparative exploration of techniques to estimate the influence of climate on economic growth

12 May 2018 | Theses |

This dissertation empirically estimates the impact of climate variables onto economic outcomes by expanding existing models in three dimensions: Climate Measures, Space and Time. First, a range of extreme climate and drought indicators are introduced into a global panel dataset to evaluate their influence onto annual country-level GDP per capita growth beyond annual averages of temperature. Second, to assess the value of increasing the frequency of measurement, the analysis is conducted quarterly rather than annually. Third, to avoid country-level aggregation, nightlight imagery is used as a proxy for local economic activity at a higher spatial resolution, allowing local climate impacts to be estimated. Results suggest that the addition of extreme weather indicators adds significant information to the econometric... »

oikos Newsletter May 2018

10 May 2018 | Newsletters

Welcome to our latest newsletter! We are delighted to announce that FutureLab 2018 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on October 26-27. But before we kick off our flagship event, we have planned a packed summer full of interesting developments. So stay tuned and follow our updates. In just a few weeks, on June 6, we will host a LEAP-KEE webinar on Cross Cultural Management. The LEAP Advanced Track participants will also come together for their last webinar with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. oikos Alumni network is getting stronger as we welcomed new alumni ambassadors in India and France. You can learn about how Indian alumni network is set to become more dynamic and meet Fanny Bancourt, new French... »

oikos Germany Meeting 2018: Let’s Talk about Tex

09 May 2018 | News

Over 20 oikos members from Reutlingen, Tübingen, Witten, Paderborn, Bayreuth and Köln,  as well as alumni and oikos Executive Board Member, Tiphaine Rouault, came together in Reutlingen, Germany to participate in the annual Germany Meeting. This year the Meeting titled “Let’s Talk about Tex” revolved around the topic of sustainability in the textile industry. The participants visited a local textile production facility to see and learn how cotton blossoms are transformed into a piece of textile. Presentation from a company producing bio cotton enabled the participants to gain insight into the business characteristics of sustainable production. Some of the participants stepped in and organized workshops for their peers on topics such as zero waste, challenges and opportunities of the textile... »

The French Alumni Network welcomes a New Ambassador

08 May 2018 | News

Fanny Bancourt became one of the French Alumni network ambassadors. She is former oikos Lille President and alumna, who shared with us a few word about her interests and aspirations. “My name is Fanny Bancourt, I am 22, from France. I am currently in the gap year from my master in business management at the EDHEC business school (Lille, France). I spent two years in oikos Lille where I was a member during the first year and the elected president during the second one. After 6 months in a consulting company in sustainability and CSR in Paris, I am currently doing an internship in a similar organization in Buenos Aires. To improve my knowledge in this field and... »

Invited Speakers and oikos Memebers discussed Campaign Strategies

03 May 2018 | News

On April 13, oikos hosted a webinar “Campaigning at Universities” to offer our members opportunity to learn how to campaign and integrate sustainability in economics and management. The webinar featured Sophia Tickell, Co-Founder and Partner at Meteos, and J.Christopher Proctor, oikos Associate in Pluralist Economics. The speakers shared their experience with the participants and offered insights into the campaigning and advocating strategies.   Sophia Tickell spoke about the eight essential factors for developing a  successful campaign strategy: Analysis: What is the problem you are trying to solve? Vision Statement: What you want to happen? Target Audience: Who are the people within the system who have the ability to make a change? Objectives: What are the outcomes you want... »

Alumni Network in India is getting Stronger

01 May 2018 | News

(Re)Structuring the alumni network in India is one of the main goals of the Knowledge Exchange Expedition (KEE). Mapping the Indian alumni network, finding ambassadors in the cities where most of oikos alumni live, providing the network with news and events to answer alumni and chapters’ needs, and connecting this network to the global oikos community are some of the tasks undertaken for the alumni community in India. Considering the enormous Indian territory, we decided to  change the country ambassador approach to a city ambassador system. We welcomed the ambassadors in: Bangalore: Vaibhav Gupta from oikos Delhi & Akshay Mishra from oikos Kolkata Mumbai: Nimisha Ghorpade from oikos Pune New Delhi: Ritika Jain from oikos Lund & Akanksha... »

oikos Newsletter April 2018

10 April 2018 | Newsletters

At oikos, we hope you have enjoyed the warmth and life-giving power of the spring that finally came with the first days of April. This month, we want to build on the excitement sunny days bring and share a wonderful news with you: oikos Suzhou, our first chapter in China, joined the oikos community. In addition, oikos Belgrade and oikos Lund became full chapters after a Legislative Assembly in the Spring Meeting. Register for the LEAP Webinar “Campaigning in Universities” and tune in on April 10 at 18:00 CEST. Apply to become part of the oikos Germany Meeting 2018 until April 9, 2018. In April, our alumni will gather in 4 cities across two continents, in Paris (April... »

Knowledge Exchange in Barcelona

06 April 2018 | News

In March, oikos Outreach Manager, Clémentine Robert, brought the Knowledge Exchange Expedition from Bangalore, India to Barcelona, Spain. During the Spring Meeting, she facilitated a workshop to enable exchange of experiences and perspectives on the topic of Sustainable Tourism and Mobility between different chapter members. She created a report summarizing main takeaways from the Meeting. Clémentine observed that the oikos community is looking forward to the diversity of experiences and knowledge, they want to seize opportunities and get inspired and that cross-continental collaboration is a key for leveraging local projects. Read more in the report.... »