Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and Dean of Business
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SIMULTANEOUS FORUM: Attracting and retaining talent through cooperative values
"I am participating in the International Summit of Cooperatives because…"
“I believe cooperatives are the original 'social enterprises' and that they represent a more powerful model for sustainable value creation than many more conventional business forms."
Professionally, Dr Wheeler is an internationally experienced academic and business person with more than 2 decades of senior executive level involvement in change management and sustainable business practice, research and teaching. Throughout his career, David has been requested to provide support to senior management teams in pursuing strategic change. In the last 3 years, David has focused much of his advisory work in the fields of energy conservation and renewable energy policy. He continues to pursue his interests in the role of the private sector in international development which has been built on major projects undertaken for the World Bank, the UNDP, CIDA, IDRC and DFID.
David Wheeler's previous academic posts were Dean of Management, Dalhousie University (Canada), 2006 to 2009 and Director and Erivan K Haub Professor in Business and Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada), 1999-2006. Prior to these roles, he was a member of the senior executive team of The Body Shop International.
David has published more than 80 articles and book chapters in a wide variety of academic journals, books, parliamentary inquiries and popular journals, and has delivered speeches to numerous conferences and events. He was primary author of The Stakeholder Corporation, the first business book to be endorsed by Prime Minister Tony Blair following his election in 1997.
About the University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth (www.plymouth.ac.uk) is the third largest University in the U.K. with approximately 30,000 students and has a strong corporate emphasis on enterprise, sustainability and marine science and technology. In 2010, the University of Plymouth was ranked number 1 Green University in the U.K. and in 2011, the University won the U.K. ‘Green Gown' award in the category of Institutional Change.
The Plymouth Business School (http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/faculties/pbs) comprises schools of Management, Law and Tourism & Hospitality and serves approximately 4,000 students, of whom around one fifth are from overseas, representing more than 60 nationalities. The Business School also has special strengths and expertise in international shipping and logistics, international relations, economics, accounting and finance and languages. The School also enjoys fruitful international partnerships in China, Singapore and Hong Kong and is now developing strong links in South America, Africa and the Middle East.
In 2012, Plymouth Business School launched its new Global MBA which emphasizes the synthesis of western and eastern management thought and provides special opportunities for overseas study in China.
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