Developing critical thinking and ethical conduct (Master)

The development of the critical spirit and the sense of ethics: these workshops lead the students to adopt a critical and ethical posture in the setting of concrete situations, whether on the basis of their personal experience or even real cases encountered in the world of business.


Presentation of the workshops relating to this focus :

Acting in Full Awareness of One's Values and Those of One's Environment(DROE)

Language : french
Teacher-pilot: Audrey Levêque
Note : no pre requisites required
Type A

Imagine a particular situation (decision-making, conflict, communication, etc.); would you like to be able to act in full awareness of your values and those of your environment, of the standards in force in the case, of your value judgments and those of others?

This workshop can meet your expectations!

As a university student, it is important to be stop and take a big step back and look at reality with different eyes, or at least another pair of glasses. It is also important to reflect on yourself.

It is also important to reflect on oneself, one's values, one's judgments, one's way of communicating ... Our environment, direct or more distant, is shaped by norms and values, a morality, an ethics

The first objective of this workshop is to take the time to be aware of all these notions that are, in fact, part of our daily lives.

Moreover, we constantly make judgments about our reality. It is important to be able to distinguish between different types of judgments and to be able to observe facts without subjecting them to value judgments. Here then is our second objective: whatever situations we are in, we must be able to apprehend them as neutrally as possible (e.g. as in final thesis research).

Thirdly, living our own values is fundamental when making decisions or communicating in general. So, we will approach and practise assertive communication to develop self-respect while taking others into account.

Finally, talking about values and ethics refers to the living context, especially the professional environment, you are heading for. We will conclude with a discussion of corporate ethics and the notion of an ethical charter.

Managing team diversity (GEDI)

Language: english
Teaching-Pilot : Maud Dehousse
Type A

In 2019, taking into account the cultural differences in everyday life and management decisions is a well accepted value.

It is instrumental for managers to leverage team diversity to successfully satisfy demand diversity.  

Imagine yourself during negotiations, showing signs of impatience with a Chinese businessman or reacting negatively to the confrontational communication of an American manager. Misunderstandings like those could easily lead you to fail.  

To manage multicultural teams, one has to learn to not only different verbal languages, but also understand foreign cultures, body language, and behaviors.  

This workshop will allow you to discover elements of your own culture, and the culture of others, and provide you with tools for avoiding conflictual situations.  

Our approach is concrete and will allow you to communicate in a natural and respectful manner.  

Welcome!

Dismissal and Assertiveness: a Bilateral Relationship(GRES)

Language : french
Teaching-pilot : Stéphane Houbion
Type A

Some of you might wish sooner or later to lead staff, manage a department or a company. That's where executive roles and missions come into play, including that of dismissing a team member.

Working in a team can lead to situations, such as this, that a manager must evaluate and then settle.

How does one get there and how does one go about it? Whose role is it? Are there no other solutions? Who is at fault (or who is not)? How does it feel? How to protect our self-esteem and that of others?

This workshop will have you initiate a classic dismissal or one for serious misconduct while preserving your self-esteem and that of your employee. You will learn to objectify your decision and explain it adequately, support your employee's departure as well as possible, and acknowledge the bilateral failure leading to this conclusion.

Developing a Sustainable World for Entrepreneurship (GROM)

Language : english
Pilot-teachers : Caroline Bini, Laurent Staner et Jérôme Veriter
Type A

Objectives of the workshop:

To illustrate the consequences of the various development choices, to demonstrate the need for sustainable development, to understand the difficulties involved in its implementation and what role companies have to play.

Method: The workshop is built around the simulation game Ecosphère, an educational game aiming to raise awareness of sustainable development issues. The game illustrates the consequences of development strategies and confronts participants with the limits imposed by the environment.

Issues covered during the game activity:

Those of the three poles of sustainable development:

  • The management of limited natural resources, waste flows and environmental degradation
  • Demography, societal development and international cooperation
  • Economic growth, the North-South divide, capitalism and its alternatives Issues addressed during the debriefings:
  • The importance of the systemic approach
  • The impacts and causes of population growth or control
  • The limits of resources (consumption versus available quantities, who holds the natural resources, perspectives & conflicts for raw materials and water, quantification of the value of resources...)
  • The circularity and renewability of resources
  • Waste
  • Cooperation
  • The role of companies (Natutal capitalism, the weight of companies that can change the state of things)

Understanding Alternative Currencies and their Roles in Society (MOAL)

Language :  French/english
Pilot-techers: Nicolas FRANKA
Note: no pre-requisites
Type A

The workshop aims to raise students' awareness of the issues related to money and to give them a better understanding of the different forms of alternative currencies: complementary local currency, crypto-currency, time money, inter-company, private and many others.

As a team they will explore monetary mechanisms through various board games. Learning is based on real documents related to current social issues: inequalities, production, consumption, environment, governance.

These issue are presented within a "Problem-based learning" framework leading participants to explore and exchange about the data to finally propose collective responses.  

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the different properties of currencies in a short presentation of an alternative currency of their choice or... their own invention..

Better understand the social regulation(REGS)

Language : french
Teacher-pilot : Frédéric Naedenoen
Note: no pre requisites
Type A

A stable and harmonious social negotiation within an organization, whatever its size, promotes an efficient and sustainable global operation.

However, the establishment of a quality social dialogue, taking into account as much as possible the specificities of each group of actors, imposes a knowledge of the field and the logic existing therein.

Who are the social dialogue actors (workers' representatives, employer representatives, management, members of the hierarchy, new actors, etc.), their issues, the rights and rules of the game that are under their rights, that surround the negotiation?

The content of the training will focus on dynamically developing the notion of social dialogue in general and in Belgium and presenting the different actors and representatives. Various guests from the labor and business world will do us the honor of participating in this seminar, which is mainly interactive and grounded in reality. The last session will focus on social regulation according to the new forms of employment and work.

Create a Sustainable & Regenerative Business (SHIF)

Language : english
Teacher-pilot : Emmanuel MOSSAY
Note: Team spirit is a must
Type A

Do you dream of creating a business that meets the main societal issues?

Let’s join this workshop and you will discover and practise key eco-systemic tools (Holistic Business Model, Holistic Rating Web, 7D Value, the Alliances’ Map, Macro-Scoop, etc.) and methodologies in order to launch a sustainable & regenerative business, especially in the circular & collaborative economy.

As Albert Einstein expressed: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking, we used when we created them”.

So, you will learn the regenerative economies and how create and develop a sustainable alliance of stakeholders based on exchanges of material and immaterial resources, reinforcing at the same time your project, and fill in the needs of your stakeholders.

This workshop is based on collective practise, peer-to-peer learning, business cases’ solving, and a future/potential project ‘creation.

Last update :06/10/2019