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.

Posted in Events, Networking, Research

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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Opportunities @AOM: Publishing on Responsible Management

AOMWe would like to bring to your attention three calls / events related to publishing research on learning and education for sustainability, ethics and responsibility related to the Academy of Management Annual Convention in Atlanta:
1. Feedback Opportunity: AOM Paper Development Workshop on “Responsible Management Learning and Education”.
2. Networking Opportunity: AOM PDW “Responsible Management Education in Action: Doing High Quality Research” with editors of business ethics and education journals.
3. Publication Opportunity: Call for submissions to the Journal of Business Ethics special issue on “Responsible Management Learning: Change and Innovation for Sustainability, Responsibility, Ethics”.

Please find more detailed descriptions below:

1. As part of the Academy of Management meeting in Atlanta, this year’s “2017 Management Education and Learning Writers Workshop” will host a subsection on “Responsible Management Learning and Education” (RMLE) to account for the increased interest in the field of sustainability, ethics and responsibility. Manuscripts addressing issues of sustainability, ethics, or responsibility in the context of management education will be reviewed and commented by academics with editorial experience in both SRE and management education.

In order to participate in this workshop, submit your manuscript (early stage work and developed manuscripts are both fine) to and provide “RMLE Writers Workshop Submission” as subject line of the email. Submission deadline is June 20. This workshop also provides an opportunity to meet editors and get feedback on potential submissions to the special issue mentioned in 3. below. The event is scheduled for Friday, Aug 4 2017 5:15PM – 7:15PM at Hilton Atlanta in Crystal Ballroom A,F.

2. We also want to bring to your attention to the AOM PDW “Responsible Management Education in Action: Doing High Quality Research” (Friday, Aug 4 2017 2:45PM – 4:45PM at Hilton Atlanta in Galleria 6). This workshop invites scholars interested in research on sustainable, ethical and responsible management education to meet authors and editors of journals that are interested in publishing high quality research in the field. In the workshop, authors share their experience in publishing RMLE related work in business ethics or management education journals, followed by comments of the journal’s editor; this is followed by round table discussions in which PDW participants can engage with authors and journal editors. Confirmed editors for this session include William (Bill) Foster (incoming editor of AMLE – Academy of Management Learning & Education), Michelle Greenwood (co-editor of JBE – Journal of Business Ethics), Jean M. Forray (co-editor of JME – Journal of Management Education), and Todd Bridgman (co-editor of ML – Management Learning).

3. Finally, we would like to inform you about a call for papers for a Journal of Business Ethics special issue on “Responsible Management Learning: Change and innovation for sustainability, responsibility, ethics”. Edited by Oliver Laasch and Dirk C. Moosmayer (both Nottingham University Business School China, and both involved in the two above events), Elena Antonacopoulou (University of Liverpool, UK) and Stefan Schaltegger (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany). The special issue focuses on learning of the practicing manager and the connections that learning for sustainability, responsibility and ethics have with organisational change and innovation. The call for paper is available at

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JBE Call for Papers, “Responsible Management Learning”

Journal of Business Ethics Contributions wanted to the Journal of Business Ethics special issue titled “Responsible Management Learning: Change and Innovation for Sustainability, Responsibility, Ethics”, co-edited by Oliver Laasch, Dirk Moosmayer, Elena Antonacopoulou, and Stefan Schaltegger. This special issue is aimed at fostering and extending the debate by profiling research that studies how managers in their organizational environments learn for sustainability, responsibility and ethics, and how such learning relates to dynamics of innovation and change. The full call is available on the Journal of Business Ethics website here.

-In response to several prospective authors’ requests, the deadline for submissions to the Journal of Business Ethics special issue on Responsible Management Learning has been extended to Friday 13th of April 2018-

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PPT Slides: Textbook Principles of Responsible Management

Ch1 Context

Ch2 Management

Ch3 Sustainability

Ch4 Responsibility

Ch5 Ethics

Ch6 Strategy

Ch7 Entrepreneurship

Ch8 Organization

Ch9 Operations

Ch10 Supply Chain

Ch11 Human Resources

Ch12 Marketing and Communication

Ch13 International Management and Business

Ch14 Accounting and Controlling

Ch15 Finance

Posted in Courses, Educational Design, Publications, Resources

Download PPT Slides for Responsible Business Textbook

Please feel free to download the power point slides for ‘Responsible business: The textbook for management learning, competence and innovation’ by Oliver Laasch and Roger Conaway, through the links below:




















For more information on the book, please have a look at this earlier post here. If you would like to adopt the book for your course or training, please contact Academic Liaison and Book Sales Manager Neil Walker at Greenleaf Publishing for further information.

Posted in Courses, Educational Design, Publications, Resources

Wanted: Responsible Management Community Champions

'Managing Responsibly Group' on LinkedinThe Center for Responsible Management Education aims at facilitating responsible management learning globally. One of the most important learning environments are communities of practice. The open ‘Managing Responsibly Network’ group on LinkedIn is an initiative co-constructing a global community of responsible management practitioners online.

The ‘Managing Responsibly Network’ is a global group of people interested in practicing sustainability, responsibility and ethics on the job. While the group is open to anyone, many members are current or former participants of the massive open online course ‘Managing Responsibly: Practicing Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics’.

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in responsible management who would like to contribute in the role of Responsible Management Community Champions and to become Practicing Fellows of the Center for Responsible Management Education. Community Champions are professionals who foster the development of the Managing Responsibly Network as a virtual, global community of learning for sustainability, responsibility and ethics and of practitioners who make a difference in the non-virtual world. This may include a variety of activities:

  • Share relevant and topical media, such as, videos, reports, surveys, online courses.
  • Suggest and facilitate discussion on concrete tasks, problems and challenges of managing responsibly.
  • Spark reflection, discussion and conversation among members through provocative ideas.
  • Share or organize engagement opportunities online and in the real world (e.g. webinars, conferences, workshops).
  • Share responsible management jobs related to sustainability, responsibility and ethics.
  • Get connected with group members and invite new members to strengthen and grow the network.
  • Motivate other members to become Responsible Management Community Champions as well!
  • Be creative to strengthen and co-construct an impactful community of practicing learners in other ways.

Funmi Ade an international development consultant and an alumni of the Managing Responsibly MOOC is the first out of hopefully many Responsible Management Community Champions to come:

Funmi Ade is an international development consultant with expertise in strategy and management consulting, currently based in UK.  With cross- sector experience, she works mainly with social enterprises, small and medium businesses, directly or through donor funded projects.  Using change management techniques, she ensures growth, profitability and sustainability to clients, she has experience of the Middle – East, Asia and Africa.  A qualified tutor she delivers senior management and transformational leadership courses to public, private and voluntary organizations.  She runs a social enterprise aimed at gender equality, bringing innovation into the delivery of support and advisory services, to women owned micro businesses.  Her interest is bringing sustainability into enterprise architecture and supply chains, while ensuring processes are efficient and optimized to reduce resource waste.  Her work in addition includes that with corporate entities, on a contractual basis. An avid blogger, a mentor, has sat on many Boards and committees, with objectives in enterprise, social inclusion, youth and regeneration.  She conducted book reviews for her professional institute.  Currently a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, Ms. Funmi Ade may be contacted at

If you are interested in becoming a Responsible Management Community Champion, please get in touch with Oliver Laasch or with Funmi Ade.

Posted in Center, Networking, Responsible Management Toolbox

‘Doing RME Research': Status Quo and Quo Vadis?

researcherquerOver 600 member organizations of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative have made a commitment to “engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value” (PRME Principle 4, ‘Research’). Much research is framed as part of long established fields like corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability and business ethics. However, an emerging stream of research explicitly refers to Responsible Management Education (RME). A proposal for a professional development workshop at the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting takes stock of RME research to establish an appreciation of the status quo and asks the question about the future of such research: Quo vadis? To read the full document, please click on the following reference: Laasch, O., Moosmayer, D., (2017), Responsible management education in action: Doing high quality research.

Posted in Events, Research, Resources, Responsible Management Toolbox

PRME Virtual Collection of AMLE Articles

Academy of Management Learning and Education Cover

The leading management education journal Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) has recently made available a Principles for Responsible Management Education Virtual Collection. The collection consists of a wealth of articles published in the journal that are about responsible management education or relevant to it. To access the collection, please click here.


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