Reviews “Principles of Responsible Management” Textbook

PRME Text Book

“The outcome is more than a single dish; it is more like a rich buffet of ideas that offers a menu of the conventional and the new in a variety of sauces, both tasty and intriguing” -Academy of Management Learning and Education Review Paper (2015) by D. Jeffrey Lenn, George Washington University

“This will be an important textbook . . . I would select this for the required textbook for courses I teach.” -Robert Fleming, National University of Singapore

“Principles of Responsible Management is the book that many of us have been waiting for–a remarkable tour de force that integrates responsible management with all of the key disciplines involved in successfully managing the modern enterprise. Its comprehensive coverage and timely emphasis on the responsibilities inherent in each of the management functions, combined with both a global (actually, ‘glocal’) and historical perspective on how these functions fit together, make it an invaluable classroom and managerial resource for anyone interested in managing for a better future.” -Sandra Waddock, Boston College

“This is a real game changer, we have to design a course around it!” -Anonymous professor at the AOM annual convention 2014

“This book achieves an exquisite synergy of structure and content that reminded me of the metaphor of the duck. When you see a duck gliding on a lake, it all seems effortless and smooth; but underneath the surface the duck is powerfully paddling to move against the current.  The writing style and logical structure of the book, combined with the pedagogical resources that make the text so accessible, provide the reader a smooth gliding experience: it is that kind of engaging textbook that invites us to read it back to back, effortlessly. But when we are ready to go deeper, under the surface, we can more fully appreciate all the work that is going on: not only the work that the authors put into offering us a wealth of knowledge and avenues for further investigation, but the energy they give us to move forward with that work ourselves.” -Regina Bento, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore

“I have enjoyed actually teaching from your book and from your PPTs. I learned much and so did the students!!” -Donald Huisingh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“I think you have found a real niche in the market of 100s of text books. I am teaching a course on Sustainable Global Business starting on Monday, and I could not find another text book with an emphasis on Sustainability.” -Rob Marjerison, Wenzhou-Kean University

“This publication is long overdue! Oliver Laasch and Roger Conaway have taken a giant stride towards realizing responsible management. Their approach leads us to believe that we have almost achieved that goal. However, it is time for fundamental change in the choice of materials and production processes. Let’s be creative, innovative and beneficial for environment and society. Merely being responsible is boring!” -Michael Braungart, Rotterdam School of Management 

“The expectation on ‘what to follow’ is set on the first page with the box “You will be able to . . .” and the rest of the chapters are very well structured according to these aims. The structure, as well as the central theoretical arguments in each chapter, develop very logically and the coherence of each chapter is maintained very well.” -Beth M. Ritter, North Carolina State University

“I’ve now worked my way through most of Principles of Responsible Management.  It is an impressive achievement (high quality work).  Frankly, I’m a little intimidated by the amount of work that must have gone into it.”  -Brent Beal, University of Texas, Tyler

“Overall, this book fulfills a need of our time and highly recommended for all stakeholders.” -Subhasis Ray, Xavier Institute, India

“A must have book: The concepts are contextualized whilst the pages are full of short examples of its application by organizations. At the end of each chapter it is shown a section of key-words, as well as an exercise list and two interviews covering the academic and corporate reality, respectively….Engaging and developing responsible management in organizations is possible… this book shows, with competence, how to get there.” - Amazon Customer “Ideia Sustentavel”. Full review here.


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“What is RMLE?” Webinar Recording & Presentation

Webinar Responsible Management Learning and Education (RMLE) The recent Webinar ‘What is Responsible Management Learning and Education’, presented by Oliver Laasch, attracted 163 registered participants from 17 countries. Out of these, 86 attended (53%). The lively discussion led to 34 questions covering, among others, conceptual considerations, hands-on advice on materials, and pedagogy, as well as course design.

The event was produced by Prof. Regina Bento, sponsored by the Management Education and Development (MED) division of the Academy of Management and the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business. It was the kick off to a regular MED webinar series covering topics of interest and of topical relevance for a global audience.

  • For full background information please click here.
  • The presentation slides as pdf can be downloaded here.
  • The full webinar recording including presentation and Q&A is available on YouTube here.
Posted in Center, Courses, Events, Research, Resources

What is responsible management learning and education? (Webinar)

The Management Education and Development (MED) division of the Academy of Management is delighted to invite you to an interactive video webinar on Responsible Management Learning and Education (RMLE).

Topic: ‘So: what is responsible management learning and education?’ Main themes of research and practice

This live, interactive video webinar will bring together academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest topics in responsible management learning and education. Participants who are new to the field are most welcome and the webinar will help them get engaged and up-to-date.

We are particularly keen to involve doctoral students, junior faculty and international scholars and practitioners who may not have easy access to the Academy annual meeting.

The webinar is free, and you can participate using any electronic device (computer, tablet, phone, etc.) 

When: January 11, 2018 (Thursday) – 11-11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

(To accommodate participants in a wide range of time zones)

Free Registration:

Speaker: Oliver Laasch (Nottingham University Business School China)

Oliver is a long-standing contributor to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. He edits the responsible management education book collection; has coordinated UN working groups; and founded the Center for Responsible Management Education (CRME). Oliver serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education and has edited related special issues for the Journal of Business Ethics as well as for the Journal of Management Education.

Sponsor: Management Education and Development (MED) division of the Academy of Management; Miguel Olivas-Luján (Clarion University of Pennsylvania – MED Chair)

Host: Murray Dalziel (Dean, Merrick School of Business, U. of Baltimore)

If you have any questions, please contact Eusebio Scornavacca, Lisa Stickney, or Regina Bento.

Welcome to this community of scholars and practitioners!

Posted in Concepts, Events, Networking

Responsible Management Learning and Education Literature Base


IMG01832-20110729-1428After more than a decade of responsible management learning and education practice development, we now see an increasing attention to publishable and published research. The Responsible Management Literature Base aims to support responsible management research and practice by providing an up-to-date compendium of responsible management (education) publications. The Literature Base may either help authors to position their work in the existing literature, or practitioners to ground their practice in research. A document is included if it refers to responsible management, responsible management education, or the Principles for Responsible Management Education in their respective title. A source is not included if it refers to contents that are peripheral and little relevant understandings of responsible management (education) as framed in the context of practices related to the Principles for Responsible Management Education network. An example for a source that would not be included is Gardner’s book “Monitoring forest biodiversity: Improving conservation through ecologically-responsible management”. If you know a source that qualifies for inclusion, but which is not on this list yet, please let us know here. The list is updated on a regular basis.

The Literature Base

-Updated on 17th of October 2017-

Alcaraz, J. & Thiruvattal, E. (2010). An interview with Manuel Escudero, The United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education: A global call for sustainability. Academy of Management Learning & Education, Volume 9(3), pp. 542–550.

Alcaraz, Jose., Marcinkowska, M.W., and Thiruvattal, E. (2011). The UN-principles for responsible management education: sharing (and evaluating) information on progress. Journal of Global Responsibility 2(2), pp. 151-169.

Araç, S. K. & Madran, C. (2014). Business school as an initiator of the transformation to sustainability: A content analysis for business schools in PRME. Social Business, 4(2), pp. 137-152.

Arruda Filho, N. (2017). The agenda 2030 for responsible management education: An applied methodology. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 183-191.

Asirvatham, S., & Humphries-Kil, M. (2017). Feminist reflections on life in (im) balance, career praxis, and the PRME. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 126-137.

Beddewela, E., Warin, C., Hesselden, F., & Coslet, A. (2017). Embedding responsible management education–Staff, student and institutional perspectives. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 263-279.

Blasco, M. (2012). Aligning the hidden curriculum of management education with PRME: An inquiry-based framework. Journal of Management Education, 36(3), pp. 364-388.

Blewitt, J. (2017). Review of “Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice”. Journal of Management Education, 36(3), pp. 395-396.

Borges, J. C., Ferreira, T. C., de Oliveira, M. S. B., Macini, N., & Caldana, A. C. F. (2017). Hidden curriculum in student organizations: Learning, practice, socialization and responsible management in a business school. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 153-161.

Burchell, J., Murray, A. & Kennedy, S. (2014). Responsible management education in UK business schools: Critically examining the role of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education as a driver for change. Management Learning, 46(4), pp. 479–497.

Carteron, J.C., Haynes, K., Murray, A. (2014). Education for sustainable development, the UNGC PRME initiative, and the sustainability literacy test: Measuring and assessing success. SAM Advanced Management Journal 79 (4), pp. 51-58.

Cornuel, E. & Hommel, U. (2015). Moving beyond the rhetoric of responsible management education. Journal of Management Development, 34(1), pp. 2-15.

Csuri, M., Laasch, O., Nahser, R. & Weybrecht, G. (2013). Inspirational guide for the implementation of PRME: Learning to go beyond. Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Doherty, B., Meehan, J. & Richards, A. (2015). The business case and barriers for responsible management education in business schools. Journal of Management Development, 34(1), pp. 34-60.

Dyllick, T. (2015). Responsible management education for a sustainable world: The challenges for business schools. Journal of Management Development, 34(1), pp. 16-33.

Ennals, R. (2014). Responsible management: Corporate social responsibility and working life. New York: Springer.

Forray, J. M. & Leigh, J. S. (2012). A primer on the principles of responsible management education intellectual roots and waves of change. Journal of Management Education, 36(6), pp. 295-309.

Forray, J., Leigh, J., & Kenworthy, A. L. (2015). Special section cluster on responsible management education: Nurturing an emerging PRME ethos. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(2), pp. 293-296.

Gentile, M. C. (2017). Giving Voice To Values: A global partnership with UNGC PRME to transform management education. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 121-125.

Global CompactCompact (2007). The Principles for Responsible Management Education, New York: United Nations.

Godemann, J., Haertle, J., Herzig, C. & Moon, J. (2014). United Nations supported principles for responsible management education: Purpose, progress and prospects. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 62, pp. 16-23.

Goodpaster, Kenneth E., T., Maines, D., Naughton, M. & Shapiro, B. (2017). Using UNPRME to teach, research, and enact business ethics: Insights from the Catholic identity matrix for business schools.” Journal of Business Ethics [DOI 10.1007/s10551-017-3434-5].

Greenberg, D. N., Deets, S., Erzurumlu, S., Hunt, J., Manwaring, M., Rodgers, V., & Swanson, E. (2017). Signing to living PRME: Learning from a journey towards responsible management education. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 205-218.

Gudic, M., Parkes, C., and Rosenbloom, A. (2016). Responsible management education and the challenge of poverty. Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Haertle, J. & Miura, S. (2014). Seven years of development: United Nations-Supported principles for responsible management education. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 79(4), 8-17.

Haertle, J., Parkes, C., Murray, A., & Hayes, R. (2017). PRME: Building a global movement on responsible management education. The International Journal of Management Education, 15(2), 66-72.

Haski-Leventhal, D., Pournader, M. & McKinnon, A. (2016). The role of gender and age in business students’ values, CSR attitudes, and responsible management education: Learnings from the PRME international survey. Journal of Business Ethics [DOI 10.1007/s10551-015-2936-2].

Hervieux, C., McKee, M., & Driscoll, C. (2017). Room for improvement: Using GRI principles to explore potential for advancing PRME SIP reporting. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 219-237.

Hibbert, P. & Cunliffe, A. (2015). Responsible management: Engaging moral reflexive practice through threshold concepts. Journal of Business Ethics, 127(1), pp. 177-188.

Hilliard, I. (2013). Responsible management, incentive systems, and productivity. Journal of Business Ethics, 118(2), 365-377.

Kolb, M., Fröhlich, L., & Schmidpeter, R. (2017). Implementing sustainability as the new normal: Responsible management education–From a private business school’s perspective. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 280-292.

Laasch, O. & Conaway, R. N. (2015). Principles of responsible management: Glocal sustainability, responsibility, ethics. Mason: Cengage.

Laasch, O. & Conaway, R. N. (2016). Responsible business: The textbook for management learning, competence and innovation. 2nd ed. Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Laasch, O., & Moosmayer, D. (2015). Competences for responsible management education: A structured literature review. CRME Working Papers, 1(2).

Lavine, M. H. & Roussin, C. J. (2012). From idea to action: Promoting responsible management education through a semester-long academic integrity learning project. Journal of Management Education, 36(3), pp. 428-455.

Lenn, J. D. (2015). Reviews Principles of Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics by Oliver Laasch and Roger N. Conaway, 2015. 558 pages, paperback. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(2), pp. 299-301.

Louw, J. (2014). Paradigm change or no change at all? A critical reading of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education. Journal of Management Education, 39(2), pp. 184-208.

Maloni, M. J., Smith, S. D. & Napshin, S. (2012). A methodology for building faculty support for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. Journal of Management Education, 36(3), pp. 312-336.

Mocny, F. & Laasch, O. (2010). Inspirational guide: Implementing the PRME in executive degree programs, New York: United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Moosmayer, D. (2015). Inspirational guide for the implementation of PRME. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(2), pp. 303-306.

Murray, A. et al. (2014). Inspirational guide for the implementation of PRME: UK and Ireland edition. Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Nhamo, S. & Nhamo, G. (2014). Assessing progress in implementing UN PRME: International perspectives and lessons from South Africa. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 12(1), pp. 95-108.

Nonet, G., Kassel, K. & Meijs, L. (2016). Understanding responsible management: Emerging themes and variations from European business school programs. Journal of Business Ethics, 139(4), pp. 717–736.

Ogunyemi, K. (2012). “Responsible management: Understanding human nature, ethics, and sustainability. New York: Business Expert Press.

Painter-Morland, M. (2015). Philosophical assumptions undermining responsible management education. Journal of Management Development, 34(1), pp. 61-75.

Parkes, C., Buono, A. F., & Howaidy, G. (2017). The Principles for responsible management education (PRME): The first decade–What has been achieved? The next decade–Responsible management Education’s challenge for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The International Journal of Management Education, 15(2), pp. 61-65.

Perry, M. & Win, S. (2013). An evaluation of PRME’s contribution to responsibility in higher education. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Volume 49, pp. 48-70.

Principles for Responsible Management Education (2012). Inspirational guide for the implementation of PRME: Placing sustainability at the heart of management education. Sheffield: GSE research.

Rasche, A., & Escudero, M. (2009). Leading Change the Role of the Principles for Responsible Management Education. Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts-und Unternehmensethik, 10(2), 244-250.

Rasche, A. & Gilbert, D. U. (2015). Decoupling responsible management education: Why business schools may not walk their talk. Journal of Management Inquiry, 24(3), pp. 239-252.

Rimanoczy, I. (2016). Stop teaching: Principles and practices for responsible management education (PRME Book Collection). New York: Business Expert Press.

Rive, J., Bonnet, M., Parmentier, C., Pelazzo-Plat, V., & Pignet-Fall, L. (2017). A contribution to the laying of foundations for dialogue between socially responsible management schools. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 238-248.

Rosenbloom, A., Gudić, M., Parkes, C., & Kronbach, B. (2017). A PRME response to the challenge of fighting poverty: How far have we come? Where do we need to go now?. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 104-120.

Sharma, R., Csuri, M. & Ogunyemi, K. (2017). Managing responsibility: A sourcebook for an alternative paradigm. New York: Business Expert Press.

Sobczak, A., & Mukhi, U. (2015). The role of UN Principles for Responsible Management Education in stimulating organizational learning for global responsibility within business schools: An interview with Jonas Haertle. Journal of Management Inquiry,  25(4), pp. 431-437.

Solitander, N., Fougère, M., Sobczak, A. & Herlin, H. (2012). We are the champions: Organizational learning and change for responsible management education. Journal of Management Education, 36(3), pp. 337-363.

Storey, M., Killian, S., & O’Regan, P. (2017). Responsible management education: Mapping the field in the context of the SDGs. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 93-103.

Sunley, R., & Leigh, J. (2016). Educating for responsible management: Putting theory into practice. Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Tripathi, S. K., Amann, W., & Kamuzora, F. R. (2013). Developing responsible managers for new generation organizations: Why existing business education system needs humanistic shift? IBA Jounal of Management and Leadership, 5(1), 56-63.

Tyran, K. L. (2017). Transforming students into global citizens: International service learning and PRME. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 162-171.

Verbos, A. K. (2016). Embedding the PRME into business law classes. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 16(4), pp. 11-24.

Verbos, A. K., Henry, E., & Peredo, A. M. (Eds.) (2017), Indigenous aspirations and rights: The case for responsible business and management. Greenleaf Publishing PRME Series. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Verbos, A. K. & Humphries, M. T. (2015). Indigenous wisdom and the PRME: Inclusion or illusion?. Journal of Management Development, 34(1), pp. 90-100.

Verbos, A. K. & Humphries, M. T. (2015). Amplifying a relational ethic: A contribution to PRME praxis. Business and Society Review, 120(1), pp. 23-56.

Verkerk, M. J., Leede, J., & Nijhof, A. H. (2001). From responsible management to responsible organizations: The democratic principle for managing organizational ethics. Business and Society Review, 4(106), pp. 353-379.

Waddock, S., Rasche, A., Werhane, P. H. & Unruh, G. (2010). The Principles for Responsible Management Education: Where do we go from here?. In: D. Fisher & D. Swanson, eds. Got ethics? Toward assessing business education. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing, pp. 13-28.

Wankel, C., & Stachowicz-Stanusch, A. (2014). Principles for responsible management education: A pathway to management education for integrity. Organization and Management, 1(B), pp. 37-59.

Wersun, A. (2017). Context and the institutionalisation of PRME: The case of the University for the Common Good. The International Journal of Management Education15(2), 249-262.

Young, S., & Nagpal, S. (2013). Meeting the growing demand for sustainability-focused management education: A case study of a PRME academic institution. Higher Education Research & Development, 32(3), pp. 493-506.

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Chinese Translation of ‘Principles of Responsible Management’ Book

Principles of Responsible Management Chinese After having been published as Spanish and Portuguese translations, the textbook Principles of Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics authored by Oliver Laasch and Roger Conaway has now been published in Mandarin Chinese by Peking University Press. The full information is available clicking here.

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JBE Virtual Special Issue: Responsible Management Learning


The following text has been replicated from the landing page of the Journal of Business Ethics, where it had been published for six weeks from the 22nd of August on:

This collection of articles related to Responsible Management Learning is selected from previously published papers at the Journal of Business Ethics. It is aimed at inspiring contributions to a future special issue at the journal (submission deadline March 31, 2018) titled “Responsible Management Learning: Change and Innovation for Sustainability, Responsibility, Ethics” (the call for papers can be found here).

The five articles in this virtual special issue can be divided into two sets of papers. The first set outlines the emerging conceptual image of responsible management and how it relates to managerial lives in organizations. Nonet et al. (2016) inductively generate an image of what responsible management means, through the perceptions and aspirations of business school students. Hilliard (2013) actively move away from the academic context, by highlighting the difference between theories of responsible management and responsible management as it is applied in organizations. Hibbert and Cunliffe (2013) take the argument one step further by proposing moral reflective practice to reduce the disconnect between knowledge and practice of responsible management.

A second set of papers, foregrounds central conceptual assumptions about the nature of responsible management learning. Osagie et al. (2016), on the one hand, express the need for learning a variety of interrelated competences that together make a competent responsible manager. Setó-Pamies and Papaoikonomou (2015), on the other hand, convey the idea that responsible management learning has to address intertwined aspects of sustainability, responsibility and ethics. We hope reading these sets of papers will provide conceptual anchor points for informing and positioning contributions to the special issue on responsible management learning.

Oliver Laasch, Dirk Moosmayer, Elena Antonacopoulou, Stefan Schaltegger

Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue Editors “Responsible Management Learning: Change and Innovation for Sustainability, Responsibility, Ethics”

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Call for Chapters: Education and Pressures on Managerial Behavior


Meeting expectations in management education: Social and environmental pressures on managerial behaviour



Elizabeth Christopher, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia



Palgrave Macmillan publishers have commissioned an edited collection of case studies and personal reports by experts from a wide range of national and social cultures, on the general theme of management education in social expectations for responsible behaviour by organisational managers.

Over at least the past twenty years there has been increasing debate over curriculum content for management education (Grey, 1996; Khan, 2014; Klikauer, 2016; Parkes, Rosenbloom & Gudi, 2015); and recent examples of corporate scandals illustrate the need to increase its ethical component (Matthews and Heimer, 2016).

It has been argued (Mukherjee, 2016) that virtually every 21st century business scandal is effectively a morality tale of failures of omission and commission of corporate leaders. The present digital age demands collaborative, learning-focused cultures; yet when crises occur, business leaders all too often fail to consult their stakeholders or to consider how their strategies might threaten the ethical boundaries of those on whom they rely to carry out those strategies.

In 2006 Lockett, Moon & Visser investigated the status of corporate social responsibility research and academic influences. They found that though the most popular issues were environmental and ethical, research was mostly quantitative and non-normative. It was driven to a large extent by business agendas and the single most important source of references in publications was the management literature itself. Over a decade later there seems to be the same gap between theory and management teaching practice.

The proposed book will bring together the innovative work of authors actively engaged in developing new forms of socially relevant management education. Their reports will promote the development of ethical business leaders by providing grounded examples of management curricula that confront what sometimes seems to be an ethical vacuum in present business education (Wankel & Stachowicz-Stanusch, 2011).

Thus the book will be unique in its eclectic range of perspectives by practicing academics in responsible management education and will constitute a comprehensive teaching medium. Each chapter will be written by an expert in the given field and the whole work should satisfy the needs of all readers who seek an overview of present curricula in international contexts.  Though each case study and anecdotal report will be supported by relevant theory, the emphasis will be on how social and environmental considerations are applied in practice to management education at university degree levels. 


The ideas below are suggestions only; submissions are encouraged beyond them, in line with the overall theme of management education on how to respond to social and environmental pressures on managerial behaviour.

  1. Might it be helpful to create a corporate social performance model as a coherent, integrative framework for teaching managerial ethics and social responsibility?
  1. What are some examples of how to teach principles of managerial social responsibility at institutional, organizational, and individual levels?
  1. Processes of social responsiveness are argued to be environmental assessment, stakeholder management, and issues management. Outcomes are in terms of social impacts, programs, and policies. How might these arguments and issues be examined within a management education course?
  1. What is the role of social and environmental reporting (SAR) in maintaining or creating organisational legitimacy?  How might legitimacy theory be illustrated in practice in a management education course?
  1. Might implementation of green supply initiatives be better explained by focusing on the development and deployment of an organization’s specialized internal resources, rather than by the more usual emphasis on external environmental pressures on a firm? How might management education include guidance on how these resources can be developed?
  1. Granted that sustainable development is a complex series of continuously negotiated business and social projects, requiring continuous learning, action and change, how might management students be encouraged to examine those networks that span business organizations and stakeholders in society?
  1. How do organizational cultures and strategic processes influence managers’ willingness to learn and act within a network of internal and external stakeholders in the transition to a more sustainable business organization? How might these issues be examined in a management education course?
  1. What might be the content of a management education course on how environmental management can provide firms with a competitive advantage and serve to develop new links between operations and corporate strategies?
  1. The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. How might this framework become the basis of a management education course?
  1. Ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) should link society, the economy, education and the environment; but many business schools fail to develop and integrate ERS with all major academic and administrative areas. This is partly because definition and understanding of ERS depend largely on cultural background and values that are differently interpreted throughout the management education world. How to develop a new pedagogy for teaching cross-cultural communal values in management education courses?



Palgrave Macmillan anticipate a delivery date of 1st February 2018 for publication in July, in time to catch the latter half of the 2018 conference season. Therefore all abstracts should be emailed to the editor, Elizabeth Christopher, at no later than Monday October 2, 2017; and completed chapters by December 11, 2017.

Abstracts should not exceed 350 words. Final chapters should be original, not submitted to or published in any other sources There are no strict limits on word and page lengths, but authors should write concisely and follow Palgrave Macmillan guidelines available online at

Prospective authors are welcome to contact Elizabeth to discuss ideas and concepts before submission.


Elizabeth spent many years in the private sector before returning to a university environment and was awarded a PhD in 1983. She was an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, until her recent retirement from fulltime teaching and is still affiliated with the University. She continues to write academic papers and reviews, and to edit books and journals. She won the 2014 annual Management Book of the Year Award from the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, for her book International management: Explorations across cultures (Kogan Page). From 1993 – 1995 she was Professor, Charles Sturt University’s overseas study programs, in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.  Through the 1980s and ’90s she was a visiting professor at various US universities and a visiting fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Until recently she was a part-time Faculty member of the Honolulu-based Japan-American Institute of Management Science (JAIMS); and since 1993 she has been a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Her recent publications include:

2017: Elizabeth Christopher, Oliver Laasch, Joe Roberts (associate editors), Pedagogical innovation and paradigm shift in the introduction to management curriculum. Journal of Management Education 1-7. Article first published online: August 2, 2017

2017: Elizabeth Christopher, “The dark side of organisational leadership in the transformation of Asia”, in Nuttawuth Muenjohn and Adela McMurray (2017), The Palgrave handbook of leadership in transforming Asia. Pages 91-108 (Palgrave Macmillan, UK). ISBN 978-1-137-57940-9)

2016: Elizabeth Mary Christopher, “The geopolitics of immigrant labour: A climate of fear”, in Bryan Christiansen and Fatmanur Kasarcı (eds), Corporate espionage, geopolitics, and diplomacy in international business; pp 210-231 (IGI Global). ISBN13: 9781522510314

2015: Elizabeth Christopher (ed) International management and intercultural communication: A collection of case studies, Vols. 1 and 2 (Palgrave Macmillan UK). 978-1-13- 47989-1



Grey, Christopher. (1996). Rethinking management education. SAGE, 14 Feb. 1996

Khan, Mohammad Ayub. (2014). Diverse Contemporary issues facing business management education. IGI Global, 30 Sep. 2014

Klikauer, Thomas. (2016). Management education: Fragments of an emancipatory theory. Springer, 23 Nov. 2016

Lockett, Andy; Moon, Jeremy & Visser, Wayne. (2006). Corporate social responsibility in management research: Focus, nature, salience and sources of influence. Journal of Management Studies, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2006. Pages 115–136

Matthews, Chris & Heimer, Matthew. (2016). The 5 biggest corporate scandals of 2016. Fortune, Dec 28, 2016.

Mukherjee, Amit S. (2016). Why we’re seeing so many corporate scandals. Harvard Business Review, Dec. 28, 2016.

Parkes, Carole; Rosenbloom, Al & Gudi, Milenko. (2015). Responsible management education and the challenge of poverty: A teaching perspective. Greenleaf Publishing, 16 Dec. 2015

Wankel, Charles & Stachowicz-Stanusch, Agata. (2011). Management education for integrity: Ethically educating tomorrow’s business leaders. Emerald Group Publishing, 2011

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Are You Grooming The Woolly Mammoth?

Grooming the Woolly Mammoth

-The below invited speech was given by Oliver Laasch at the Academy of Management session titled ‘Management Education for Responsibility and Ethics: An International Perspective’. An audio file of the presentation is available when clicking here.-

“May I introduce Manfred. Manfred here enjoys ice ages, as they go well with his woolly fur. He weights about 6 tons and stands about 3.5 meters tall.

Manfred is a self-interested rational profit maximizer. He continuously seeks competition as it is the only way he can socialize with his peers. He has endless resources and can grow infinitely on a finite planet. He orients all his actions toward shareholders as they are Manfred’s primary stakeholder group.

There is just one problem with Manfred. He shouldn’t exist. Manfred is a woolly mammoth that should have been hunted to extinction by humankind 14000 years ago. He doesn’t fit into an age of global warming of entangled environmental crises and human suffering.

Yet here he is gorgeous as ever because I am talking him into existence… Grooming the woolly mammoth in the room and putting lipstick on that 6 tonnes pig. What I really should be doing would be to gang up with a couple of you folks and hunt him and his entire species to extinction.

I strongly believe that Manfred is still in the world and in close to every classroom in our business schools because we continuously talk him into being. Year after year, tens of thousands of us teach millions of future business people how to act as if Manfred was still alive. And surprise, they join the many more millions of business school graduates already enacting Manfred, refreshing their memory of the myth of Manfred and of how to keep him alive.

Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy, performativity, ontological politics or communicative constitution. We as academics in business schools do not only research and teach about economic reality, we also create and recreate this reality. So how about we stop grooming the woolly mammooth and start telling a new story.

A story of a fantastic beast that serves all people and the planet. An animal that interacts in cooperation and to the benefit of a well-balanced set of stakeholders? This beast is a social animal motivated by reciprocity and mutual benefit. It harmonically blends into the cycles of nature. This incredible beast dies or degrows when it is not needed anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, let’s put Manfred to his well-deserved rest. Let’s explore how to best talk into being this other incredible beast that fits into our times so much better than the woolly mammoth… Thank you.”

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AOM Workshop: Responsible Management (Education) Research

AOM Workshop 'Responsible Management Education in Action'

AOM Workshop ‘Responsible Management Education in Action’

The 2017 Responsible Management Education in Action professional development workshop at the Academy of Management Education annual convention in Atlanta was geared towards the topic of doing ‘high quality research’.

Over 70 participants discussed research along the themes of Institutional Change for PRME, Didactics and Curriculum, and Responsible Management. The discussions were primed by eight presentations of pioneering authors and leading journals’ editors.

The full description of the PDW can be downloaded by clicking here and a Power Point file including all presentations here.

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Invitation Fourth RME Research Conference, Curitiba Brazil

Conference Flyer

Please join the fourth edition of RME Conference “New Research Questions for Advancing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”, supported by the Principles of Responsible Management (PRME), UN.

Date: 13th-14th, September, 2017, Curitiba, Brazil.



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