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Five international business schools are pooling resources to address some of the critical issues at the intersection of business and society. The five - the Tuck school at Dartmouth (US), Essec (France), Mannheim Business School (Germany), Fudan University (Shanghai) and Keio Business School (Tokyo) will work together on specific research topics and present the results at an annual conference.

The Council on Business and Society, as the group is called, will hold its first conference in Paris towards the end of 2012 and the topic will be corporate governance and leadership.

The aim of the research is to influence both business and government policy, says Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck school. “What we’re trying to do is get serious about a topic and put enough resources behind it,” he says “The whole point is to really invest in the conference, so it has a lasting effect on the discussion.”

He hopes that the conferences will result in white papers to influence policy and case studies to influence business school pedagogy. “Each of these topics will have a serious social impact.”

In the year running up to the conference faculty from the five schools will work together as will students from the different MBA and other programmes.

The five schools are continuing to talk to other business schools, in Latin America and India, for example, with a view to expanding the group.

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