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 18 to August 8, 2020. On July 18th, 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 18th.
A Closing Ceremony will formally end the summer program on Saturday August 8th. The attendance to the Closing Ceremony which will end around midnight that day, is highly recommended.
Arrival & Departure
The University has organized a bus-pick up from Reykjavik to Bifröst in the evening of July 12th. We recommend participants to arrive in Iceland on july 11th or 12th.
Participants are advised to book their flight from Iceland after 14:00 on August 9th as the airport shuttle will arrive at the airport around 12:00 on August 9th.
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.
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. 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.
Matthijs van Lente (MvL), Rotterdam University of Applied Sciendes, Netherlands
Matthijs is a lecturer in English and studies career coach at the School of Built Environment at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciendes in the Netherlands. He is used to working with teams from various departments, having taught at the Engineering, Water Management, Logistics Management and Facility Management departments over the last 5 years. His other responsibilities include a course on ethics in a new Minor programme he helped to set up, tutoring international students at the FM department, checking test quality as a member of the Test Committee, liaising with the Study Association, and organising various activities with students such as study trips, training courses, and camps.
Whatever time he has left he likes to spend doing DIY, cycling, ice skating, playing games, watching comedy series, reading all sorts of books, and singing karaoke (quite badly). Matthijs read English Language & Culture at Leiden University with an exchange to the University of Liverpool (but don’t worry, he didn’t adopt the local accent). After completing his Masters, he decided to try out teaching by following a Teaching MA programme. This included a year-long, full-time internship at a bilingual secondary school as well as a shorter stint in Shanghai. To the delight and/or dismay of his students, he decided teaching was great fun and has continued with it ever since.
Dr. Kinga Niemczak, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Kinga Niemczak is the Head of the Department of Finance and Applied Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria. She completed her PhD at the Warsaw School of Economics specializing in corporate finance. She taught as a visiting professor at several universities in Europe as well as in China and South Korea. Her research interests are in the field of corporate financing decisions and the role of financial innovation in enabling access to finance for SMEs.
Dr. Torsten Graap, Business School of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany
Torsten was apprentice in a bank and studied afterwards Business Management and Economics in Germany, England and Norway. In his first diplom-thesis he developed one of the first eco-balances in Germany in the 90s. His second thesis was about thermodynamics and economics. His PhD-thesis at the University of Bremen (North-Germany) dealt with the relation of sustainability and the action-type of cooperation coming from complexity-theory of ecological Economics. Torsten worked in three banks and a media company, also in strong relation to Baltic and Nordic countries. Since nine years he is professor and lectures in the fields of finance and investment, controlling, accounting and business psychology. He understands business management and economics from a systemic, organic and holistic view dealing with humans, ethics and consciousness. His research interests are: Nordic Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Ethics & Economics, Business Psychology. He´s a member of the German-Swedish Association. Newest publication (2019): Torsten Graap/Auður Ingόlfsdόttir/Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær (Ed.): The Future of the North. Sustainability in Nordic Countries. Analysis and critical Comparison, Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg/Germany.
Christoph Busch, MBA, FOM University of Economics and Management, Germany
Christoph Busch is as a lecturer for the study program ‘International Marketing’ at the Fontys International Business School in Venlo, the Netherlands. Furthermore, he also works as a lecturer at the FOM University of Economics and Management.
Besides his work as a lecturer Christoph Busch founded a marketing consultancy, in which he advises small and medium sized companies with their marketing activities.
Next to this, he is currently a student of the external PhD study program at the Universidad Católica De Murcia in Murcia, Spain. Within his doctoral thesis he will investigate influencing factors of the study decision making process of pupils.
Regarding his curriculum vitae, between 2004 and 2008 he studied the Bachelor program ‘International Marketing’ at the Fontys International Business School in Venlo. Christoph Busch finished his Master study program ‘Master of Business Administration (MBA)’ in the year 2012. Between 2013 and 2016 he was leading the department International Marketing and Communication of Fontys International Business School.
During his stay in Bifröst, Christoph Busch will teach the students more about the interplay of sustainable leadership and marketing communication.
Kerstin Riesemann, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany
Kerstin Riesemann is a research assistant and lecturer for the study program Technical Procurement in the faculty mechanical engineering at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. She is teaching technical procurement, innovation management and general business administration for engineers. She studied mechanical engineering with focus on sales engineering and technical procurement at the Fachhochschule Kiel. After her studies, she worked 7 years for a German automotive supplier. By this time, she started as an application engineer in Germany. Later she moved to Shanghai and Delhi. Her responsibility by this time included global project management, industrialisation and business development in China and India. Since 2016 she is teaching in Ingolstadt. Due to her working experience in Asia and her research field in procurement, sustainability plays an important role in her lectures. In the future, the understanding of sustainability in a company’s supply chain will be one of the important core competence for purchasers.
Dr. Silke Bustamante, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
Silke Bustamante is professor for Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law Course, Director of the Division of Service Management and founding member of the Institute for Sustainability (INA) in Berlin. In research and consultancy she focuses on CSR, sustainability, and ethics, particularly on CSR in human resource management, the role of CSR for employer attractiveness and trust and cultural aspects of CSR. She was Visiting Professor at Kobe University in Japan and the UADE in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before, she worked several years as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in international strategic projects and as a research assistant for the Social Science Research Centre Berlin.
Ernst van Weperen, Freelance lecturer on sustainable business management
I am a lecturer and freelance consultant that has worked in non-profit, for-profit and academia in a career spanning nearly two decades. Starting as a project manager research at the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development, I soon moved to a consultancy role , first in my own business and later at Deloitte where my primary role was to integrate sustainability into all core activities of the organization. However, I really found my passion when I got the opportunity to apply my knowledge of sustainability in business to higher education. It is hugely gratifying to help students overcome where possible potential challenges they might face, and to help them find what drives them. Personally, I firmly believe that global society faces enormous environmental, social and economic challenges that we must address soon. I also believe that companies are in an unique position not only to address these global challenges, but also to use them as an opportunity and driver for innovation and growth. These opportunities to make both companies and students see how they can make a difference for the better is what motivates and drives me.
Birte Meng, MPH, Business School of Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany
Birte has a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences with additional studies in Philosophy. In the past she worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany) in the field of nutrition ecology and complexity research.
After that she took a break from her scientific life in order to travel the world with partly living in Hawaii and doing voluntary work in a non-profit center with sustainable living educational focus. During her travels she was not only able to live in the midst of nature but also, she met a multitude of openminded and visionary people from many different nations. Birte took part in numerous seminars and workshops in the areas of creative arts, non-violent communication, mind-body-medicine, mindfulness, indigenous philosophies and more. This broadened her perspective and turned out to be an invaluable addition to her interdisciplinary scientific background.
Her main interest is best described by the following questions: “How do we really want to live as humanity?” and “What is needed for that?”. She focuses on the need of awareness and certain skills that are most basic and relevant for humanity to be able to transition to a preferred future. Currently Birte is teaching “Human Skills and Consciousness in Economics” at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (Germany) and is writing a PHD thesis on “The Conscious Evolution of Humanity”.
Silvia Payan Garcia, MBA, EPHEC Business School, Belgium.
Silvia Payan Garcia is currently a lecturer in Strategy Management and Business Case studies, teaching to Erasmus Exchange students following the English programme offered by EPHEC Business School. Holding a MBA from the Solvay Brussels School, with a specialization in Marketing and Strategy Management. Focusing on the impact of Business innovation on the leadership put in place within an organization.
Previous professional career was 11 years in the Airline & Publishing industries where she worked as a Customer Service Manager and Marketing communication Manager. Her main achievements were aligning the servicing operations outsourced by Brussels Airlines with its loyalty program’s strategy and implementing a communication plan for Europe and Africa.
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 20% discount.
Early bird discount is available if applied before February 1st 2020. The early bird discount is 10%.
Groups of 5 students or more get 10% discount.
The maximum discount a single student can get is 20%.
The application deadline is June 1st. (We consider late applications)