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Principles for Responsible Management Education Virtual Collection

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:

  1. Purpose
  2. Values
  3. Method
  4. Research
  5. Partnership
  6. Dialogue

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.

Meredith Storey
Meredith.Storey@ul.ie
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

Jennifer S.A. Leigh
jleigh4@naz.edu
School of Management, Nazareth College, USA

Jonas Haertle
haertle@unglobalcompact.org
PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact, United Nations

ARTICLES

The following articles are included in this collection; see the table for further connections to the principles for responsible management education.

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