Climate change, corruption reform, gender equity, forced migration, and decent work are no longer marginal topics in the mainstream news or business school curriculum. Recent global agreements such as COP21 and the United Nations' 21 October 2015 release of their 2030 agenda for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership highlight the urgent need for management education reform. As management educators, we play a critical role in advancing solutions to the complex and challenging environment for leaders in the 21st century. To this end, we have developed the Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE) Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) virtual collection.
The Framework for the Collection
In selecting the articles we have included here, we employed a multi-staged approach using two different sets of organizing categories to examine all of the articles published in AMLE since its inception. The first categorization scheme we used was the six Principles:
We then thought it would be useful to examine and categorize associated articles in terms of the level of impact from large-scale (1) societal and/or (2) institutional to the more faculty-specific domains of (3) curricular and/or (4) course. By looking beyond the six principles, we hope to develop a more matured conceptualization of themes throughout these four new categorizations, as they apply to ideas espoused in the AMLE literature. Furthermore, not only do the new thematic categorizations clearly intersect with the principles, but we believe they also encompass a deeper ethos tied to both the PRME mission and the development of responsible management education across societal, institutional, curricular, and course-specific initiatives (for more information please visit www.unprme.org).
As a final note, as we looked across the articles published in AMLE during the past 15 years, it was validating to see so many special issues on the topic of responsible management education (RME) and consistent coverage of associated topics including business ethics, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, global classroom, humanistic leadership, cross-cultural competency, gender, diversity, corporate social responsibility, responsible leadership, and many more. One striking trend we noticed was that some of the articles included in our list are strong in business school education and some are strong in responsible management practices, but most articles are not necessarily strong in both. We look forward to future articles published in this journal and others with a focus on blending these two domains.
The Future of the Collection
The intention of this collection is for it to grow and evolve over time with the Principles as a template. Many of the contributing authors listed here are already affiliated with the work of PRME as signatory higher education institution contacts, regional leaders, working group facilitators, and in many other capacities. By developing a more holistic list of the RME texts, our hope is to both grow the network of authors and contributing discussions around RME and engage with relevant academics beyond the PRME network to increase awareness for the overall promotion of responsible management practices. By connecting with AMLE through this collection, we hope to advance the six Principles across a new network of academics, practitioners, and AMLE stakeholders.
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland
Jennifer S.A. Leigh
School of Management, Nazareth College, USA
PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact, United Nations
The following articles are included in this collection; see the table for further connections to the principles for responsible management education.
- Mabey, C., Egri, C. P., & Parry, K. (2015). From the Special Section Editors: Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(4), 535-538.
- Baden, D., & Higgs, M. (2015). Challenging the Perceived Wisdom of Management Theories and Practice. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(4), 539-555.
- Cajiao, J. and Burke, M.J., 2016. How Instructional Methods Influence Skill Development in Management Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(3), pp.508-524.
- Michaelson, C. (2016). A Novel Approach to Business Ethics Education: Exploring How to Live and Work in the 21st Century. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(3), 588-606.
- Pettigrew, A., & Starkey, K. (2016). From the Guest Editors: The Legitimacy and Impact of Business Schools—Key Issues and a Research Agenda. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(4), 649-664.
- Birkinshaw, J., Lecuona, R., & Barwise, P. (2016). The Relevance Gap in Business School Research: Which Academic Papers Are Cited in Managerial Bridge Journals? Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(4), 686-702.
- Snelson-Powell, A., Grosvold, J., & Millington, A. (2016). Business School Legitimacy and the Challenge of Sustainability: A Fuzzy Set Analysis of Institutional Decoupling. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(4), 703-723.
- Bridgman, T., Cummings, S. and McLaughlin, C., 2016. Restating the Case: How Revisiting the Development of the Case Method Can Help Us Think Differently About the Future of the Business School. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(4), pp.724-741.
- Currie, G., Davies, J., & Ferlie, E. (2016). A Call for University-Based Business Schools to “Lower Their Walls”: Collaborating With Other Academic Departments in Pursuit of Social Value. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(4), 742-755.
- Neal, M. (2017). Learning from Poverty: Why Business Schools Should Address Poverty, and How They Can Go About It? Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(1), 54-69.
- Honig, B., Lampel, J., Siegel, D., & Drnevich, P. (2017). Special Section on Ethics in Management Research: Norms, Identity, and Community in the 21st Century. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(1), 84-93.
- Hanson, W. R., Moore, J. R., Bachleda, C., Canterbury, A., Franco, C., Marion, A., & Schreiber, C. (2017). Theory of Moral Development of Business Students: Case Studies in Brazil, North America, and Morocco. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(3), 393-414.
- Aragon-Correa, J. A., Marcus, A. A., Rivera, J. E., & Kenworthy, A. L. (2017). Sustainability Management Teaching Resources and the Challenge of Balancing Planet, People, and Profits. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(3), 469-483.
- Fotaki, M., & Prasad, A. (2015). Questioning Neoliberal Capitalism and Economic Inequality in Business Schools. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 14(4), 556-575.
- Hibbert, P., Siedlok, F. and Beech, N., 2016. The Role of Interpretation in Learning Practices in the Context of Collaboration. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(1), pp.26-44.
- Cummings, S. and Bridgman, T., 2016. The Limits and Possibilities of History: How a Wider, Deeper, and More Engaged Understanding of Business History Can Foster Innovative Thinking. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(2), pp.250-267.
- Ryazanova, O. and McNamara, P., 2016. Socialization and Proactive Behavior: Multilevel Exploration of Research Productivity Drivers in US Business Schools. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(3), pp.525-548.
- Zhu, Y., Rooney, D., & Phillips, N. (2016). Practice-based Wisdom Theory for Integrating Institutional Logics: A New Model for Social Entrepreneurship Learning and Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(3), 607-625.