Working Paper ‘Responsible Management Competences’

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RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT COMPETENCES: AN INTEGRATIVE PORTFOLIO FOR SUSTAINABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, ETHICS

Oliver Laasch, Manchester Business School

Dirk C. Moosmayer, Nottingham University Business School China

Abstract

The trends demanding sustainability, responsibility, and ethics (SRE) have become significant drivers for change in business. The term responsible management has become an umbrella term describing managerial practices embracing SRE. Such ‘management as UNusual’ implies that being a competent manager now necessitates competences different from the ones traditionally required. An emerging literature on competences for S, R, and E has described competences for each of the three disciplines sustainability, responsibility, and ethics, but not how they work together. Educational and managerial practice, however, commonly overlaps and merges SRE as one ‘interdiscipline’. In this paper we unearth a competence-portfolio for the responsible management interdiscipline through a structured review of the business SRE literature. We find six integrative domains of competences related to knowledge (know), analysis (think), action (do), interaction (relate), character (be) and self-adaptation (become). These domains together form a competence portfolio, which we believe may provide a valuable basis for research and practice in educational design, for professional development, and for human resource management.

Table 3 Competence Portfolio

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