Responsible management: engaging moral reflexive practice through threshold concepts

P. Hibbert, A. Cunliffe

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    In this conceptual paper we argue that, to date, principles of responsible management have not impacted practice as anticipated because of a disconnect between knowledge and practice. This disconnect means that an awareness of ethical concerns, by itself, does not help students take personal responsibility for their actions. We suggest that an abstract knowledge of principles has to be supplemented by an engaged understanding of the responsibility of managers and leaders to actively challenge irresponsible practices. We argue that a form of moral reflexive practice drawing on an understanding of threshold concepts is central to responsible management, and provides a gateway to transformative learning. Our conceptual argument leads to implications for management and professional education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-188
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number1
    Early online date19 Dec 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


    • Responsibility
    • Reflexivity
    • Threshold concepts


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