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Keränen, Anne; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina; Hermes, Jan (2021) Facilitating shared understanding of business responsibility. In Jing Jiang, Xiaosong Zheng, Dalia Streimikiene (eds.) AEBMR vol. 186, Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Transformations and Innovations in Business and Education (ICTIBE 2021). (pp. 102-107). Atlantis Press. https://doi.org/10.2991/aebmr.k.210809.015

Facilitating shared understanding of business responsibility

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Author: Keränen, Anne1; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina1; Hermes, Jan1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202201041186
Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-04
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Responsibility, as a crucial notion in pursuing the SDGs, is an important theme on the education development agenda in business schools around the world. Our study focuses on responsibility as mindset instead of extensive knowledge base and assumes the development of shared understanding of responsibility among participating actors as the main target for responsibility education. Based on empirical data from a master’s level business course our research paper shows how a responsibility mindset among business students can be facilitated through the creation of shared understanding. More specifically, we aim to answer the following research questions: How to facilitate the creation of shared understanding for a responsible mindset in higher business education? Our findings point at the inherently dynamic and dialogic nature of shared understanding of business responsibility. Creating shared understanding of responsibility is not a linear learning process but the continuous iteration of (re-)creating individual and shared understanding. Shared collaborative learning enables individuals to continuously connect and scrutinize their understandings (discipline specific knowledge) with a bigger picture of responsibility (other disciplines’ specific knowledge). That way, business leaders become responsibility agents who embrace responsibility as a mindset with a collective, and continuously evolving (i.e., never finished) nature.

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Series: Advances in economics, business and management research
ISSN: 2352-5428
ISSN-E: 2352-5428
ISSN-L: 2352-5428
ISBN: 978-94-6239-415-5
Pages: 102 - 107
Host publication: Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Transformations and Innovations in Business and Education (ICTIBE 2021), June 19-20, 2021 Nanjing Institute of Technology
Host publication editor: Jiang, Jing
Zheng, Xiaosong
Streimikiene, Dalia
Conference: International Conference on Transformations and Innovations in Business and Education (ICTIBE)
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
512 Business and management
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