New Centre for Governance Leadership and Global Responsibility to launch
Professor Mervyn King, Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, held in the atrium of the University's Rose Bowl on Thursday 1 May from 4.30-6.30pm.
The Centre aims to act as a hub within Leeds Met for collaborative research across the University, examining global issues in governance and responsibility, across all sectors. It will focus on three key elements: research to develop good practice; employability-focused teaching; and the development of practical tools for effective and responsible leadership behaviours and culture, and for government policy and practice.
Director of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility, Professor Simon Robinson, commented: "Good governance and leadership is at the heart of successful enterprise and creativity, whatever the organisation. A key responsibility for all organisations is to learn from the governance and leadership crises of the last decade. Business schools have had to revisit their curriculum in the light of these crises. Success is not just a matter of technique but also of values and the communication of values.
"The Centre team is focused on developing an ongoing dialogue and partnership with business, professions and public bodies which can influence and drive governance debate and policy, and enable reflective practice at individual and board level on value-centred leadership and organisational integrity."
Key research themes within the Centre include: intercultural views of corporate responsibility and governance in China; responsibility in the tourism industry; and how leadership and responsibility are best integrated into the Higher Education curriculum.
Mervyn King is one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate governance and sustainability. Professor King is also: Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council; past chairman and member of the United Nations Steering Committee of eminent persons who reviewed the governance and oversight within the United Nations, its funds, programmes and specialised agencies; member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the World Bank on Corporate Governance; member of the Advisory Board of the Central European Corporate Governance Association; chairman of the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance; past President of the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance (CACG) which published principles of governance for the 54 countries in the Commonwealth.