A Warwick Business School student smiles as he sits at a laptop, writing his entry for the Council on Business and Society student article writing competition.

Writing wrongs: Students can enter articles on a range of issues facing business and society

WBS students are invited to enter a prestigious article writing competition with a cash prize.

The winning article, together with selected finalists, will also be published online and in print by Global Voice magazine and distributed to its readers worldwide.

The annual competition is run by the Council on Business and Society (CoBS), a global partnership of 11 business schools spanning six continents that aims to advance responsible and sustainable business to benefit society.

One winner will be selected from each partner school, including WBS.

Competition co-ordinator Warren Manger said: "Warwick Business School is hugely proud of its students and its research, both of which are key to our outstanding international reputation.

"WBS is for the Change Makers, those who seek to challenge the norm and question the status quo and want to make an impact on society, 

"This competition is a fantastic opportunity for our students to find their own voice, challenge the status quo and write authoritatively on important issues that will shape business and society for years to come.

“We hope they will embrace this exciting opportunity."

The competition is open to all students at Warwick Business School.

Key questions facing business and society

Articles must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, must not have been published previously, and must be original work. They must also be based on one of the following questions:

  • AI in People Management: Friend or Foe?
  • Sustainability reporting standards are becoming mandatory in Europe (European Sustainability Reporting Standards), while a global standard (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) has also been created. Would these standards really help society and the planet? Why or why not? 
  • Political polarisation – how it is increasing and what are its effects on society?
  • In face of the recent anti-ESG movement in the US, how should international companies respond to it?
  • In light of capitalism's history marked by technological shifts and economic cycles, how can leaders and managers tackle AI's emerging challenges and opportunities to propel organisations forward and tackle societal issues?
  • Balancing global business operations and human rights: a corporate responsibility dilemma in the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How can institutions and companies address the issue?
  • In the age of rapid innovation, how can tech companies demonstrate purpose-driven leadership? What concrete steps should they take to ethically navigate the technological landscape?

Entrants must register by emailing Warren Manger at warren.manger@wbs.ac.uk from their business school or university email address before March 30.

They will then be sent a copy of the article writing guidelines.

Articles must be submitted by the deadline at 23.59pm on March 31, 2024. For more information, visit the Council on Business and Society website.