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The European way

European Haniel Program

With the support of the Haniel Foundation, the University of St. Gallen and the Copenhagen Business School encourage young managers to think about their actions in order to excel. The key questions considered are the roles that cultural studies and social sciences can play in management and entrepreneur training.

Since 2003, the Haniel seminars  have been considered the laboratory for innovation at the University of St. Gallen as part of contextual studies. Now, the concept has been developed further - into the European Haniel Program on Entrepreneurship and the Humanities (EHP), which combines and realigns the strengths from 10 years of Haniel seminars. The objective of the European Haniel Program is to develop a European way of training future managers. The central question is what contribution the cultural and social sciences can make to management and entrepreneurial training. The University of St. Gallen (HSG) remains the organisational centre, with the renowned Copenhagen Business School (CBS) as a European cooperation partner.

A new approach

In the summer of 2011, the influential Carnegie Foundation  from the USA published its study entitled "Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession". The study concluded that many business schools today focus on one-dimensional and specialised courses of study. However, the economic crisis has shown that in future we need entrepreneurs who consider the consequences of their activities and who understand the connections between business activities and society. For this reason, the Carnegie Foundation demands a return to classical humanist curriculum contents in business-related studies. Past management schools represented a significantly broader educational ideal than today.

Network and cooperation

The European Haniel Program in cooperation with HSG and CBS brings together two innovative universities that have remained loyal to this educational ideal. With contextual studies, the University of St. Gallen offers its students opportunities for intellectual and cultural development above and beyond their actual main course of studies. With a Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School pursues a similar approach.

The European Haniel Program has four central pillars:

Support for future leaders

Summer schools for multiple universities and the established Haniel seminars promote future managers' ability to perform and reflect.

Innovative teaching formats

Researchers and teachers exchange ideas on the development of European entrepreneurship and how to convey it to others.

Joint research projects

The partners are working on the Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, for example. The comprehensive anthology brings together the international discourse on the topic.

Network of renowned European business schools

The Geschwister Horstmann Foundation sponsored two international expert conferences in 2012 and 2013, for example.

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