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Publication ESCP launches third edition of impact papers addressing the current geopolitical emergency

After the success of its first two impact papers series, ESCP Business School is proud to publish a new one: “Geopolitics and Global Business Impact”.

“The first edition of ESCP’s Impact Paper Series was marked by urgency; the Covid19 health emergency and crisis of 2020, leading to the publication Managing a Post-Covid19 era. A year later, ESCP decided to focus on the topic of sustainability, which has gained in relevance over these last decades, but which has acquired significant attention more recently. The focus and title of this 2021 Impact Paper was Better Business: Creating Sustainable Value,” explain the school’s Associate Dean for Research and Editor-in-Chief of the impact papers Pramuan Bunkanwanicha -, the series’ Editorial Coordinator - Sonia Ben Slimane - and this new one’s Guest Co-editors: Professors Régis Coeurderoy, Jaime Pérez Luque and Stefan Schmid. This third edition, in 2022, that we are presently publishing is aimed at addressing the geopolitical emergency following the large-scale armed conflict in Europe which started at the beginning of this year. The Russian-Ukrainian war, like any war, is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Beyond this dramatic event, it is also very likely to mark a turning point in the history of Europe and the world.”

The most recent militarized conflicts in Eastern Europe dramatically remind us that business and management challenges are embedded in economic, political and societal issues.

The 33 papers gathered for this second edition of the ESCP Impact Papers series reflect on the complexity and the uncertainties of a multi polar word and how management can help tell a story in a world “full of sound and fury” (to quote Shakespeare’s Macbeth).
“Many observers consider that the process of globalization that has characterized these past decades has stalled, or may even be in retreat. This is, for instance, reflected in the resurgence of debates on the increasing role of national political and regulatory institutions within the development of economic activities. Recent events also show us that geopolitical issues are once again central to business activity and its future development,” the series’ editors add.

Exploring the dark side of geopolitical issues, but also the bright one

“The objective of this series is to explore from various angles how geopolitical issues can influence the strategies of companies and their managerial practices at the international and national levels – not only as potential risks (the ‘dark side’) but also as opportunities for innovation and societal change (‘the bright side’). Business and the socio-political arena are intimately entwined and influence each other mutually, contradicting Fukuyama’s famous claim that we are not at the end of history. In particular, the most recent militarized conflicts in Eastern Europe dramatically remind us that business and management challenges are embedded in economic, political and societal issues. Business is not a world apart, but contributes to the question of making sense of human activity.”

You can download the white paper here.