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Why business schools should stop teaching CSR – And what we should do instead


Part of the PRME Education Academy Seminar Series

8:00 - 9:00 am ET/2:00 - 3:00 pm CET

Speaker: Oliver Laasch, Senior Lecturer, Alliance Manchester Business School

In this session, Oliver Laasch will argue that Teaching ABOUT organizational level CORPORATE social responsibility, CORPORATE sustainability, BUSINESS ethics and the like is problematic. By projecting onto an apparently distant, non-human organizational entity, it distances individual responsible management learners from their own responsible, ethical, and sustainable management practice(s). Oliver will present research conducted together with Dirk Moosmayer and Elena Antonacopoulou that has given rise to an alternative pedagogy centred on enabling learners to develop their personal responsible management competence. A variety of examples and experiences will be shared of how this responsible management learning pedagogy has been used in practice, ranging from practitioner MOOCs to undergraduate seminars.

Oliver Laasch is founder of the Center for Responsible Management Education and an Associate Professor at the University of Manchester. He also is a long-standing contributor to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative, including the second edition of his introductory management textbook Principles of Management: Practicing Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (SAGE, 2021).