How can we train leaders to value social responsibility?
Business schools must transform their vision to reflect society’s changing needs and values
The capacity of management education to transform society is only as great as the business schools that train the country’s future leaders. This demands that business schools reform their vision so that it promotes the values of serving society to enable graduates to see leadership and management as a calling rather than simply a career. Following the state capture chaos, the Steinhoff debacle and other scandals, management educators are asking some difficult questions. These include the following: do curriculums reinforce models of organisational behaviour that are inimical to modern society? Do programmes fail to reflect how future managers should lead people to achieve high performance and embrace ethical conduct? How can we train leaders to value social responsibility and the public good? How can scholarly research be made relevant to real-world experience? There are more questions. How will we prepare leaders to reap the democratic dividend of African youth? How will we educate...