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The purpose-driven
university

Universities have a responsibility to the communities and the environment they are a part of. A purpose-driven university is one that asks itself why it exists and seeks to support its faculty and students so that they can have a positive effect on society far beyond monetary measurements. Author Debbie Haski-Leventhal discusses the ways a university can find its purpose. 

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Debbie Haski-Leventhal is a Professor of Management at Macquarie Business School and an expert on corporate social responsibility (CSR), responsible management education (RME) and volunteerism. She is the author of Strategic CSR: Tools and Theories for Responsible Management (SAGE), The Purpose-Driven University (Emerald) and Employee Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility (SAGE). Debbie is a TED speaker and a public speaker on purpose, social responsibility and the future of higher education. Debbie Haski-Leventhal is the editor-in-chief of the Society and Business Review, with over 50 academic publications and many citations of her work in the media, including The New York Times. 

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In this episode:

  1. What is the purpose-driven university (PDU) and why is it important? 
  2. What does a PDU look like? What are some inspirational examples? 
  3. What are the most important things to know if a university wants to become more purpose-driven? 
  4. Why is spiritual and emotional intelligence important to university leadership?
  5. How does a PDU help address COVID-19?
  6. What can universities do to support Black Lives Matter? 

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