What is it about?

We put forward a change management model to extend our understanding of the institutionalisation of Responsible Management Education (RME) within business schools. This paper proposes a six-stage model, derived from relevant change management and institutionalisation literature, which business schools could adopt to institutionalise RME as an intra-organisational practice. It identifies various internal and external factors which influence RME institutionalisation and proposes specific change management practices which could be adopted by business schools to overcome challenges to such change efforts. The model acknowledges the complex and diverse nature of RME itself, which has made it difficult for business schools to adopt a unified approach to its institutionalisation.

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Why is it important?

Higher education institutions are attempting to incorporate responsible management education (RME) into both their philosophies and their curricula. This phenomenon is most relevant to business schools. Our six-stage systematic solution for RME institutionalisation provides a practical way forward for business schools to change their institutional DNA. The need for such a model stems from the ever-increasing importance of RME due the growing number of corporate scandals which has led to growing calls to develop ‘ethical’ business managers.


The paper shows why there are increasing calls for a greater volume of responsible management education in universities and their business schools in particular. Curriculum change will require change management - we identify a six stage process which can facilitate this.

Professor John R Anchor
University of Huddersfield

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This page is a summary of: Institutionalising intra-organisational change for responsible management education, Studies in Higher Education, October 2020, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1836483.
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