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Dr. Vita Akstinaite is Head of the master’s program in Global Leadership and Strategy and Professor at ISM University of Management and Economics. Besides her position at ISM, she is also a Lecturer in Management and a College Board Member at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Her previous experience includes working in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Queen Mary University. Vita is also a business consultant with ten years’ experience in working on business intelligence programmes in the information technology industry.
Dr. Akstinaitė holds a master’s degree in Organisational Psychology from King’s College London (UK) and a PhD in Business from the University of Surrey (UK), where she was working on identifying linguistic markers of leader hubris. Currently, her research focuses on using at-a-distance analysis methods, including artificial intelligence, to assess specific aspects of one’s leadership behaviour or verbal patterns. She is also researching the future of leadership topic.
Dr. Akstinaitė is also a co-founder of a research initiative ‘The Hubris Hub,’ which raises awareness on leadership hubris and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. She has worked in and presented her research internationally, including in the UK, Australia, Portugal, the US and other countries.
2021 – Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Australia)
2020 – The Leverhulme Trust Collaborative Research Project Grant (UK)
2019 – won the Aspire award, which is awarded for a world-class standard of research conducted in Western Australia (Australia)
2017 – became Set Squared Fellow (UK) and the Higher Education Academy Fellow (UK)
2014 – Economic and Social Sciences Research Council Funding Award (UK)
THE AIM OF THE COURSE:
The course Sustainable Human Capital and Leadership focuses on human resource functions in companies in a globalized world from a sustainability perspective. The approach focuses on two roles of Sustainable Human Capital. First, the role of human resource management in making work systems sustainable with the objective on ensuring human sustainability at the workplace and in global supply chains. Second, the role of human capital and leadership in contributing to corporate sustainability and to an overall societal sustainable development. A sustainable human capital and leadership framework is proposed and HRM strategies and practices of the key areas of HRM are discussed. This course is based on research and insights from diverse fields, including Strategic HRM, Sustainable HRM, Green HRM, organization theory, organizational behavior, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Global Responsible Leadership.
The course is designed to develop competent and responsible practitioners. It provides students who do not necessarily intend to work in an HR function, with a deep understanding about the importance of people management as a task for all managers and about the complexity of sustainable people management and leadership.