Socially Responsible Business Schools: Collective Stakeholder Voices Demand Urgent Actions

By Janette Martell.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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During forty-nine years, urgent calls to action have been addressed to business schools for accomplishing a socially responsible management education. The purpose of this paper is to understand the nature of these demands and what they recommend for business ethics and social responsibility education. Therefore, the following questions will be addressed: (1) Is the feedback from stakeholders, regarding education in business ethics and social responsibility, persuading deans to develop criteria for change? (2) Are the accreditation requirements of AACSB an adequate response to the current trends, challenges and vocalized need for improved business ethics and social responsibility education in business schools? Findings indicate that the great amount of declarations, demands, publications, and surveys, evidence that the majority of stakeholders are insisting on the integration of business ethics and social responsibility education in the curricula. Debate resides only on the form of implementation, but the amount of feedback that has been generated does undoubtedly enable Deans to decide positively on the changes that are necessary for the transformation of the curricula. The voices of faculty, their moral leadership and commitment are essential to transform curricula, include a course in conceptual foundations of business ethics, and embed business ethics and social responsibility in the curricula and research. Additional findings indicate that the AACSB’s standards are not responding adequately to the current trends, challenges and demands of business ethics and social responsibility in business schools, and it is fundamental that their accreditation policies be modified because it is the most capable institution for influencing business schools. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords: Business Schools, Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Stakeholders, Leadership, Change, Accreditation Standards

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 664.202KB).

Janette Martell

PhD Candidate, Social Science Department, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain

PhD Candidate in Management Sciences at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interest includes business ethics and social responsibility education, institutional effectiveness, and organizational development and change. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and a second Master in Organizational Development from Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico. Lecturer in Quality, Leadership and Strategic Planning. Fifteen years experience at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, a multi- campus university system. Before moving to Barcelona for her PhD studies, she was director general for the Chiapas campus; and previously, she held several positions as director for different areas at the Guadalajara and Mexico City campuses.

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