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Call for Papers: IBA 3D Journal

Call for Papers

3-D IBA Journal of Management and Leadership

(A Publication of Indus Business Academy, Bangalore, India)


Special Issue:

Responsible Management Education for Sustainable Development

Guest Editors:

Prof. Wolfgang Amann

HEC Paris School of Management, Doha, Qatar

Prof. Shiv K Tripathi

Mzumbe University Dar Es Salaam Campus, Tanzania


Theme Introduction

A survey by United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME, 2012) indicated that establishing a justification for inclusion of responsible management education issues in business school curricula is one of the major challenges, as often people question about its’ contribution in shaping the business school agenda. On the other hand the global commitments to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increasing participation of corporates in sustainability driven initiatives like United Nations Global Compact making a business case tor business schools to be proactive and take a step forward in this direction through mainstreaming the responsible management issues in conventional management education programmes. However, the fundamental question is about how to define the responsible management education in the given context? Laasch and Conaway (2013) look at responsible management as combination of sustainability, responsibility and ethics. However, instead of generalizing, this could be taken as a premise to define the responsible management education agenda in a particular business school context. Once we agree on the responsible management education agenda of the business schools, at the next level we confront with the question of subject-issues and required pedagogical innovations in effectively educating the responsible management.

The current framework of business education has been questioned globally by a number of scholars in last two decades. Gosling and Mintzberg (2003) questioned the role of current education system, which is more aligned to the functional management mindset and thus, creating a challenges in integrating the different managerial mindsets under different role contexts. This is quite an interesting debate, as being a human, mechanical separation of the managerial role is not only challenging in integration of managerial roles but also detrimental to the overall performance potential of managers. Ghoshal (2005) explores the relationship between the management theory building and questions the role of current education system as it leads to the management practices that we often condemn. Amann et al. (2011) triggers this relevance debate by stressing the need for management education with focus on humanism. Many scholars have argued in favor of more human values focused humanistic business and management education. This school of thought has emerged globally with scholars contributing with research on positive impact of humanistic management practices. Scholars stressed for the need of human values focused management (Chakraborty, 1990; Chakraborty, 2003); Indian management (Sharma, 2006; Sharma, 2013). Some scholars emphasized on human values oriented management by relating the Indian philosophical thoughts to the responsible management framework with emphasis on humanistic concerns in the managerial decisions. But transferring these issues to mainstream management education , and that too with stakeholders’ active participation, remains a key challenge for management educators.

Management educators have positively accepted and responded to the challenge of re-aligning the business education agenda. The initiatives like Giving Voice to Values (Gentile, 2010) and Humanistic Management Network (Humanet, n.d.) are some significant academic responses in this direction. With more and more efforts to promote sustainability driven responsible management education, the humanistic management is likely to contribute further. However, the issue of mainstreaming responsible management education also leads to a question whether the purpose of management education should be to ensure ‘transition from existing to responsible’ or only to maintain the continuity of the ‘practice-knowledge cycle’ (Tripathi, 2012). Looking at the need for the change one may agree that the focus should be both to bring improvement as well as to maintain continuity but this appears to be not quite a simple task. Looking into the nature of knowledge creation process in the existing business schools, it reflects that we are more in recycling the knowledge. Our research aims more to contribute towards performance improvement than questioning and refining the meaning of the ‘performance’ and, therefore, the ‘status-quo’ continues and continuously celebrated. But can we continue with the same approach and aspire to develop system for responsible management education? This links to the issue of knowledge creation and dissemination in our business schools. The process of knowledge creation in the different disciplines is explained by Elster (1983; as cited in Ghoshal, 2005). Being the multi-disciplinary area of study, the nature of knowledge evolution is quite complex. Ghoshal (2005, p.76) explains how too much focus on testing the truth based on partial analysis and unbalanced assumptions makes gives rise to theory dominant managers who are far from the reality. The innovative and creative research linked teaching tools (Sharma, 2009; Cote, Goodstein, and Latham, 2011; Tripathi, 2013) could be quite significant in changing the paradigm by balancing the academic rigor with relevance of the knowledge being created. Further, the management literature indicates that management knowledge building is quite context-specific and cultural contexts have many things to contribute.

In view of the increasing interests and academic debates on ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of addressing sustainable development challenges through responsible management education makes foundation for the proposed issue of this journal. We aim to explore this in light of the major issues highlighted in the preceding paragraphs. More specifically, we invite scholars and practitioners to submit original conceptual or empirical articles, cases, literature reviews or book reviews on any of the following or related sub-themes/ issues:

  • Ethics, sustainable development and responsible management linkages
  • Defining responsible management education in the context
  • Sustainable development goals and business education
  • Responsible management education in business school curricula
  • Pedagogy for responsible management education
  • Continuing responsible management education
  • Humanism as foundation to responsible management
  • Integrating responsible management education in management courses
  • Developing responsible leadership education framework
  • Research for responsible management knowledge creation and dissemination
  • Developing a new framework for responsible management education
  • Experiences in responsible management education implementation

How to Submit

Please submit publication proposal in MS Word format to the editors at sktripathi@mzumbe.ac.tz with a copy to amann.wolfgang@gmail.com . The proposal should include title, author details with their contact and affiliation and around 300 words abstract (indicating broader objectives of your proposed publication, theme, research methodology and expected contribution to the literature).  The last date for proposal submission of proposal is 31st January, 2016.

Upon acceptance, detailed author guidelines would be mailed regarding formatting and referencing.

Important Dates

Submission of proposal (Extended)    :           29th February, 2016

Communication of decision                  :           7th March, 2016

Submission of full-draft                        :           30th April, 2016

Review and feedback                             :           15th June, 2016

Submission of revised draft                 :           30th June, 2016

Publication of the journal                    :           1st August, 2016



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Chakraborty, S. K. (2003). Against the Tide: The Philosophical Foundations of Modern Management. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. New Delhi.

Cote, J., Goodstein, J., Latham, C.K. (2011), “Giving Voice to Values: A Framework to Bridge Teaching and Research Efforts,” Journal of Business Ethics Education, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 370-375.

Elster, J. (1983), Explaining Technical Change, Cambridge University Presss, Cambridge

Gentile, M.C. (2010 ) Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak you Mind When you Know What’s Right, Yale University Press (Available at http://www.givingvoicetovaluesthebook.com/).

Ghoshal, S. (2005), “Bad management theories are destroying good management practice”, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 75–91.

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Lassch, O. and Conaway, R. N. (2013), Principles for Responsible Management: Glocal Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics, Cengage Learning, Stamford.

Mintzberg, H. and Gosling, J. (2002), “Educating managers beyond borders”, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 64–76.

PRME (2012), Fighting Poverty through Management Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Solutions, A Report to the 3rd PRME Global Forum Rio de Janeiro, 2012, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Poverty as a Challenge to Management Education. Retrieved 12/14/2014 http://www.unprme.org/resource-docs/FightingPovertythroughManagementEducationChallengesOpportunitiesandSolutions.pdf.

Sharma, S. (2006). Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Doors. New Delhi: New Age International Publishers.

Sharma, S. (2009), ‘Creative-Meditative Research in Management: Towards ‘VITAL’ Model of Learning,’ Paper presented at the Seventh AIMS Conference on Management (December 20-23, 2009). Retrieved 12/18/2014 https://www.academia.edu/9176069/Creative_Meditative_Research_in_Management

Sharma, S. (2013), “Three Paradigms in Management: Amrican, Japanese and Indian,” International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 30–41.

Tripathi, S. (2012), “Teaching-Research Synchronization in Business Schools: A Conceptual Framework for Aligning the Research Value Chain” in ‘New Perspectives on Management Education (Eds: Amann, W., Kerretts-Makau, M., Fenton, P., Zackariasson, P. and Tripathi, S.’ Excel Books, New Delhi, 2012.

Tripathi, S.K. (2013), ‘Integrating Anti-Corruption Teaching and Research in Management Education: A Framework for Giving Voice to Values (GVV) Based Approach’ in Teaching Anticorruption: Developing a Foundation for Business Integrity (Eds: , Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch and Hans Krause Hansen), Business Expert Press, New York (ISBN: 9781606494714, soft-copy available: http://reference-tree.com/book/preview/teaching-anticorruption-developing-a-foundation-for-business-integrity ) , pp. 109-128.

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