Leaders of the future will be faced with challenging tasks in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The course will explore emerging ideas about leadership and provide practical training in leadership. The Nordic Leadership Model and Servant Leadership will be in special focus. Sustainability and social responsibility will be discussed and the role of social entrepreneurs will be examined. The course will include both academic lectures, discussion periods and more practical approaches that will include assignments, group work and field trips.
The Summer School will take place from July 13 to August 3, 2019. On July 13th, an orientation session given by the Program Coordinator will introduce the participants to the program and the campus. The welcome dinner will take place in the evening of July 13th.
A Closing Ceremony will formally end the summer program on Saturday August 3rd. The attendance to the Closing Ceremony which will end around midnight that day, is highly recommended.
Arrival & Departure
The Summer School will start on July 13th 2019. We recommend participants to arrive in Iceland on july 11th or 12th as the university has organized a bus pick up from Reykjavik to Bifröst in the evening of July 12th.
Participants are advised to book their flight from Iceland after 14:00 on August 4th as the airport shuttle will arrive at the airport around 12:00 on August 4th.
The Sustainable Leadership program is split in two parts:
Part 1: Nordic Leadership Model; Servant leadership; Leading changes; Practical training in leadership; Leadership in NGO´s; Leading Changes; Leadership Communication; Leadership Attributes.
Leadership - company visits.
Part 2: Sustainability; Corporate Social Responsibility; Global Trends – Local Consequence; Social Justice and Human rights; Business Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship.
Personal Responsibility: The individual as a Sustainable Leader.
A visit to sustainable companies in Iceland;
A syllabus for the program can be found here.
A Course Description can be found here.
Einar Svansson is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Business at Bifröst University, Iceland. Has lectured on business ethics and sustainable management in Iceland and Austria. Best paper award in the Tourist and Travel Research Association (TTRA) conference in 2011 for his paper about the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
Previous professional carrier was 20 years (1981-2000) in the food production industry. CEO in two of Iceland´s biggest seafood organizations. In the year 1997 he implemented the first green strategy in the Icelandic seafood industry, highly praised by big customers in Europe.
From 2009- has been studying for a doctoral thesis in the University of Exeter in England. Einar holds two master degrees, in Strategic Management and Business Administration, and Marketing and International Business.
Karl Eiríksson (KE) – coordinator of summer school and lecturer
Karl Eiríksson is the Head of International Office at Bifröst University and has been in the International Office for 5 years now. His background is Business Administration, Marketing and Intercultural Communication. He is currently researching longevity from a Sustainable Leadership perspective.
Dr. Craig Schreiber (CS), Associate Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University, USA
Dr. Craig Schreiber is an Associate Professor of Management in the Charles M. Snipes School of Business at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He received his M.S. in Social and Decision Science and his Ph.D. in Computation, Organizations and Society from Carnegie Mellon University. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, he was an NSF IGERT Fellow specializing in interdisciplinary applied research. His passions and work interests include leadership, innovation, organizational development and change, social networks and systems thinking.
Currently, Craig serves as the Co-Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Broyhill Institute for Leadership which is a co-curricular program providing leadership training and experiences to students. He has previously served as the Positive Turbulence Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership and as a Salzburg Global Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. In addition, he received the Pennsylvania State Space Grant Fellowship while at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Schreiber has conducted research for the Center for Creative Leadership, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, General Motors, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, Stryker Medical, Martiz, Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation. He has published his research in book chapters and in refereed journals such as The Leadership Quarterly, Academy of Management Education, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, and IEEE: Systems, Man and Cybernetics.
Dr. Christopher Hamstra (CH), Associate Professor, Davenport University, USA
Currently serves as an associate professor of Communication at the W. A. Lettinga campus of Davenport University. He holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Human Resource Development and life-long learning from Regent University. Chris also attended Western Michigan University (Organizational Communication) and Calvin College (Telecommunication).
Chris began his career in radio and television as a radio disc jockey and sports reporter. He has reported at local and national event including experience at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also worked with the State of Michigan as a Human Resource Developer. He served as a training and development specialist conducting needs assessments for future training opportunities.
Dr. Hamstra has a passion in the areas of communication and leadership that connects individuals toward common organization and personal goals. He has presented at international, national, and regional conferences primarily in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Storytelling/Narrative, and Self-Directed Learning. Additionally he has been published in Leadership Excellence, Inner Resources for Leaders, and Interdisciplinary Humanities.
Dr. Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir (SG), Associate professor Bifröst University and University of Iceland. The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Iceland.
Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir is an accosiate professor at the Faculty of Business at Bifröst University, Iceland and at the Faculty of Business at University of Iceland. Sigrún‘s area of research regards servant leadership, healthy work environment and wellbeing at work. She has lectured on leadership and healthy work environment for academics and practioners in Iceland and the Nordic countries as well as in many other European countries as an expert working for the World Health Organization since 2003.
Previous professional carrier is in government and health care services with focus on health promotion, quality management, professional development and human resource management. Sigrún has been active in politics as a deputy member of Parliament (2013 – 2017) and a political advisor to the Minister of health (2017). Since 2007 she has been the chair of Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Iceland and from there serves as a consultant in the practice of servant leadership for companies, municipalities and government.
Sigrún has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2005) with focus on policy, work environment, leadership and wellbeing.
Prof. Dr. Robert Pichler (RP), Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Robert Pichler is the Program Director of the Bachelor and Master Degree Program “Business Consultancy International” at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt in Austria. Robert is a native of Vienna, Austria and earned degrees from universities in the United States and Austria. Over the past fifteen years he has been engaged in teaching and research in more than ten countries in Europe and overseas. During his stay in Bifröst, Robert will be sharing his research interests in Strategy and Competitiveness studies with students and faculty.
Dr. Karin Alm (KA), Kristianstad University, Sweden
Karin Alm is a lecturer at the Faculty of Business at Kristianstad University, Sweden. She holds a lecturer position in marketing with an emphasis on corporate ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Currently Karin holds the position as the academic leader of the UN initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) at the Faculty of Business. Being responsible for implementing PRME involve realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into educational curriculum and courses in the business program.
She is also a PhD candidate at Lund University in Sweden. Her research topic is sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the retailing industry and food retailing in particular. She will defend her dissertation in fall 2018.
Her main fields of interest is corporate sustainable responsibility and stakeholder theory in the relationship between industry and society and sustainability and corporate ethical responsibility from a global perspective.
Dr. Frank Brand (FB), Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
Dr. Frank Brand studied physics and mathematics finishing with a PhD from Technical University Berlin on evolutionary optimization algorithms. Later for a few years he worked in different startups. In 2003 he became a professor of mathematics and statistics at Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany. He has experiences in doing consultancy in the finance area and in data analysis. Over the last 20 years he established academic cooperation with universities in Colombia and Vietnam.
Frank Brand´s main fields of interests include mathematical modelling, operations research, pattern recognition, data analysis, analysis of complex systems and computer algebra systems like Mathematica.
Dr. Buster Burk (BB), EBS Paris, France
Buster Burk teaches Leadership at the Bifröst partner business school, European Business School in Paris, France. Originally from South Carolina in the southern United States, Buster Burk pursued his studies in linguistics, rhetoric and stylistics at the Sorbonne University under the then-president of the University, Dr. Georges Molinié, late specialist and reference on rhetoric and stylistics for France.
Having taught rhetoric in France for over ten years at business schools and the Sorbonne University (Paris I Panthéon), his interest in the subject varies from political rhetoric to that of French and American rap, or American country music. He is very excited to contribute to the Bifröst summer program and introduce the very powerful ‘art of persuasion’ to the students under the following course title: ‘You are what you say, and you say what you are.’
Ms. Vera Göllner (VG), FOM University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Vera Göllner works as a personnel developer in a large social and health care company. Since the summer semester 2018 she teaches the subject "Fundamentals of Psychology" at the FOM University of Economics and Management. She is currently preparing an external doctorate at the German University of Police in Münster in cooperation with the FOM University. She is particularly interested in the field of leadership psychology, in which she will also write her doctoral thesis.
Vera Göllner studied Social Work/Social Pedagogy at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, the Master's Programme Management in Social Economy and Diaconal Organisations at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe and the Master's Programme in Business Psychology at the FOM University. She completed all three courses of study with very good results. Parallel to her studies and work, she supported people with disabilities on a voluntary basis and now voluntarily cares for dogs at the shelter.
Vera Göllner has completed various advanced training courses, for example the IHK certificate courses "Human Resources Consultant (IHK)" or "Project Manager (IHK)" and is a "Certified Innermetrix Consultant (CIC)". The latter enables her to carry out and evaluate personality analyses and aptitude diagnostics.
Dr. Ugo Biggeri (UB), University of Florence, Italy
Ugo Biggeri (born 1966) is a contract professor at the Faculty of Economy and management at University of Florence since 2009. He teaches microcredit and ethical finance. In 2018 he give a course also at Luiss University in Rome on same topics.
After a university degree and PhD in physic his professional carrier start as researcher in solid state physic and environmental physic. Then in 2000 he begun to work in the field of sustainability and economy up to 2010. Meanwhile he also was an activist about human rights and environmental challenge since universities studies.
Finally he start to work on ethical banking: since 2010 is president of bancaetica.it the first ethical bank in Italy he founded with other 20 persons on behalf of Italian ngo in 1995; since 2011 is also president of eticasgr.it the ethical found investment company within the Bancaetica’s group. The two institutions manage about 5 billions euro with strong participatory and cooperative issues and clear and transparent ethical choices on investments.
Since 2017 he become board member of Global Alliance for Banking on Values, a worldwide network of more than 50 sustainable and microcredit banks.
He has written some books about financial education or critical consumption and in first half of 2018 held a weekly financial educational broadcast on popular and satiric program on national public radio.
Dr. Christian Baumgartner (CB), Krems University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Hon. Prof. (FH) Dr. Christian Baumgartner studied landscape ecology and is owner and CEO of response & ability (www.responseandability.com). 1995 he founded respect - Institute for Integrative Tourism and Development (www.respect.at) and worked for 20 years in the international NGO scene. Besides his work as lecturer for Sustainable Tourism, Ethical Management, a.o. in Vienna, Krems (A), Chur (CH), Belgrade (Serbia), Baku (Azerbaijan) and China he was member of the (former) Tourism Sustainability Group within the EU Commission, DG enterprise, and the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) of the UNEP 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme and member in several more national and international tourism related advisory boards.
Christian Baumgartner is specialized in development and implementation of sustainable tourism and sustainable regional development and guided several concrete tourism development projects in Europe and south-east Asia. Currently he is very engaged in the sustainable tourism development of the middle and lower Danube, including the Danube Delta and tourism development in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan). He is board member of the Danube Competence Centre in Belgrade / Serbia and vice-president of the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA).
Furthermore, Christian Baumgartner has vast experience in labelling and monitoring. He is part of the advisory boards of the Austrian and the European eco-labels for tourism accommodation, member of the certification board of TourCert (www.tourcert.org) and published books on assessment of sustainability in tourism.
Dr. Anna Elísabet Ólafsdóttir (AEÓ), Womens Power in Tanzania
Dr. Anna Elísabet Ólafsdóttir is the former vice-rector of Bifröst University. She holds a bachelor degree in Food Science form the University of Iceland, a master degree in Nutrition from Oslo University in Norway, MBA degree from the University of Iceland and a doctoral degree in Public Health from Brunei University in London. Her main research interest are within the publich health sector with a focus on health systems performance, especially in relation to governance and policy making. In the recent years she has become more involved in entrepreneurship and how it can be applied to inspire women in low income countries. She has run entrepreneurship-seminars for women in rural Tanzania to assist them in creative thinking and business creation in order to enhance their livelihood and independence.
Applicants have to be at least 18 years old and must have an educational background equivalent to one year at a university before the beginning of the program.
In case of cancellation/no-show, the university refunds 90% of the paid amount, due to administration and currency risk.
Please apply here
Sustainable Leadership summer program - Prices
Seminars, accommodation, trips and full board
The trips include: Volcanoes, caves, waterfalls, natural springs, birdwatching, hiking, midnight sun, a boat trip, Golden Circle trip and trips to the scenes of famous movies.
Students from our partner universities get 25% discount.
Early bird discount is available if applied before February 1st 2019. The early bird discount is 10%.
Groups of 5 students or more get 10% discount.
The maximum discount a single student can get is 25%.
The application deadline is June 1st. (We consider late applications)