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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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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