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Opportunities and Challenges for CSR Mainstreaming in Business Schools

Opportunities and Challenges for CSR Mainstreaming in Business Schools
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Author(s): Dima Jamali (Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon), Hanin Abdallah (Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon) and Farah Matar (Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
Copyright: 2016
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Pages: 29
Source title: International Journal of Technology and Educational Marketing (IJTEM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India) and Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India)
DOI: 10.4018/IJTEM.2016070101

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Abstract

Extant literature has highlighted that business schools have been accused of promoting an educational ethos that emphasizes shareholder value and the pursuit of short-term profits and thereby preparing overly competitive future generations interested in profit maximization. This paper highlights the importance of integrating CSR into the mainstream of business schools' curricula, arguing for the responsible role that business schools should play but also emphasizing the strategic case for such integration. The paper analyzes the main challenges and opportunities that both hinder and facilitate mainstreaming of CSR at the heart of the business school curriculum and the role that the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) can potentially play in this regard. The paper illustrates these drivers and constraints in the context of one specific business school in Lebanon that has successfully experimented with CSR mainstreaming, leading to a nuanced reflection on the possibilities of a real paradigmatic change in the context of higher management education at this critical juncture and what it is going to take to catalyze a real transformation beyond “bells and whistles” and mere rhetoric.

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