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ERIC Number: EJ963433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
We Are the Champions: Organizational Learning and Change for Responsible Management Education
Solitander, Nikodemus; Fougere, Martin; Sobczak, Andre; Herlin, Heidi
Journal of Management Education, v36 n3 p337-363 Jun 2012
As the number of institutions adopting the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative grows, there is an overhanging risk that many of them will merely add "responsibility" as a topic to the existing curriculum. The authors contend that a serious reading of PRME should instead entail thinking in terms of a gradual transformation of management education. Such a serious reading poses a number of organizational learning (and unlearning) challenges. By relying on their own experiences at two PRME signatory business schools in France and Finland, they describe how faculty champions may face these challenges in implementing PRME, and specifically how they may overcome strategic, structural, and cultural barriers. The authors particularly emphasize political challenges at every level and the role of champions inducing reflexivity in overcoming some of the barriers. They argue that although faculty champions are not the most powerful actors within the business school, they are still well positioned to inspire and instill the needed transformation of management education. They conclude that faculty champions need to creatively "make do" within the constraints imposed by their organizational context. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; France