Campus roundup: HBS executive education programme to examine the role of accountability in Indian corporations

Updated: Oct 7 2013, 07:28am hrs
Harvard Business School will host an executive education programme called Leadership and Corporate Accountability, India from November 18-21, 2013, at the HBS style classroom at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. This programme, for executives in key decision-making roles at the divisional level and above in large established companies, is being offered for the second time in Mumbai. The challenges facing todays business leaders are more daunting than ever. Executives are expected to consider the impact of every decision on their organisation and community. This programme can help establish guidelines for making decisions that support the organisations financial needs, legal requirements and ethical obligations, said Rohit Deshpande, Sebastian S Kresge HBS Professor of Marketing and faculty chair of Leadership and Corporate Accountability, India.

Peat fires may contribute to climate change, study

New research into smouldering wildfires in the UK has found that they could be a contributor to climate change. A team from the University of Glasgows School of Interdisciplinary Studies studied an area in the Scottish Highlands that had a peat fire which lasted for over a month. The wildfires kill all vegetation and sterilise the area. Wildfires can have impacts that last decades if not centuries. Peat fires, such as the one in this study, can also release significant amounts of stored carbon. Based on their measurements, they estimated that in total, the smouldering wildfire burnt between 0.1% and 0.3% of the estimated total amount of carbon sequestered annually by UK peatlands. This means that even small events of this nature can release significant quantities of carbon. Many countries have pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. However, current emission estimates do not take into account those from peatlands. Matt Davies, Lecturer in Environmental Stewardship, said, Smouldering peat fires are difficult to detect due to their low temperature and low heat release and the fact that tree canopies remain intact for months afterwards. Our case study is the first of its kind in the UK and shows that even small areas of peat fires can release significant levels of carbon into the atmosphere. If similar smouldering fires are underreported in other temperate, forest and tropical peatland regions, then emissions from peatland burning may well be a greater issue than currently assumed.