GRLI’s operating mode

GRLI is not a think tank or a member-serving organisation. It is a think-and-act enabler; a global community of responsible action with the ultimate measure being its aggregated impact. We operate as Communities of Responsible Action (CoRAs), meeting physically and virtually, focussed on projects that result in new knowledge and practice.

Decisions about the focus and content of our joint work as a global partnership and the ways in which we deliver the work are informed by a number of guiding principles that have been distilled through our experience and learnings since 2004.

 We convene Communities of Responsible Action (CoRAs)

 Communities of people and organisations worldwide convene around issues or topics of common interest and are typically attracted by a central call or question.

We take action through time-bound specific projects

Projects are formed by committed and dedicated people and organisations seeking first and foremost to identify and answer the emergent questions and develop, test and implement responses to those questions – both in theory and practice.

Projects can be initiated by anyone in the GRLI ecosystem including partners, the Support Centre, strategic partners and even third parties. We encourage the creation of projects which fit the goals and ethos of the GRLI without a need for bureaucratic control.

We create, share and disseminate knowledge

 We leverage the legacy and resources of GRLI through knowledge sharing and advocacy. Developing thought leadership and knowledge that promotes responsible leadership and practice is integral to the work of Projects and Communities of Responsible Action (CORAs).

Project teams and CoRA’s meet around internal and external events

GRLI offers many opportunities to meet and develop new projects: GRLI-organised events (e.g. General Assemblies and Innovation Cohort meetings), externally organised events that may be leveraged opportunistically by the community, virtual events, regional Partner-hosted meetings and workshops.

Three levels of GRLI work and impact

1. Individual

Successful participation in the GRLI community and projects has been and should continue to be transformative for individuals.

Profound connections across the world on a shared mission affords new knowledge, collaboration opportunities, skills development and many other benefits.

2. Organisational

Organisations which fully engage with the work of the GRLI have the potential to transform part or all of their activities.

Numerous examples of such transformations exist among the GRLI partners where the role of GRLI has been ranging from inspirational to being of core practical importance to a specific change process. Examples include the GRL Programmes at Petrobras and Daimler and transformation in learning organisations such as NIT Hamburg, Business School of Lausanne and Fundaçao Dom Cabral.

 3. Systemic

 Systemic impact is an impact that pervades all aspects of education and business ecosystems.

Examples of systemic changes to which GRLI work has clearly contributed:

  • In education: the evolution of management education accreditation systems and the formation of PRME
  • In business: the shared-value concept