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Responsible Business

The Textbook for Management Learning, Competence and Innovation

As sustainable development becomes an increasingly important strategic issue for all organizations, there is a growing need for management and executive education to adapt to this new reality. This textbook provides a theoretically sound and highly relevant introduction to the topic of socially and environmentally responsible business. The authors take a “competence-based approach” to responsible management education. The book aims to go beyond the traditional domains of teaching and towards the facilitation of learning across key competences. Each chapter in this book has a section dedicated to exercises that cover five core competences – know, think, do, relate, be – to enable self-directed transformative learning.

Drawing from the classic background theories such as corporate sustainability, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility, these concepts are applied to the most up-to-date practices. The book covers an international perspective, featuring cases from countries all around the world, has a strong theoretical basis, and fully integrates the topics of sustainability, responsibility and ethics.

The book includes a wide variety of tools for change at individual, company and systemic levels. Published with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations Global Compact supported initiative, this is both an essential resource for business students at all levels and self-study handbook for executives.

It provides a useful resource to support PRME signatory schools, as well as other institutions.

Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME Secretariat

Foreword

Jonas Haertle

Introduction to the 2nd Edition

A: Contextualizing

1. The state of the planet

2. A history of business, society and environment

B: Conceptualizing

3. Sustainability

4. Responsibility

5. Ethics

C: Managing

6. Responsible management process

7. Practice norms

D: Strategizing

8. Envisioning responsible business

9. Strategic management

E: Implementing

10. Implementation basics

11. Main functions

12. Support functions

13. Supply chain management

F: Communicating

14. Communication in responsible business

15. Communication challenges

G: Innovating

16. Innovation for change

17. Individual change

18. Organizational change

19. Systemic change

OLIVER LAASCH is Assistant Professor in Strategy, Nottingham University Business School, Ningbo, China. ROGER CONAWAY is Professor in the School of Business, Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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