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Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Through Management Development: What Can be Learned from International Service Learning Programs?

Pless, Nicola and Maak, Thomas and Stahl, Günter (2012) Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Through Management Development: What Can be Learned from International Service Learning Programs? Human Resource Management, 51 (6). pp. 879-903. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

In this article we discuss how the human resource development (HRD) function can support corporate sustainability strategy by designing and implementing leadership development programs incorporating international service learning assignments. We describe "Project Ulysses", an integrated service learning program that involves sending participants in teams to developing countries to work in cross-sector partnerships with NGOs and social entrepreneurs, supporting them in their fight against pressing global problems. We present the findings of a narrative analysis of learning stories produced by Ulysses participants. Understanding how participants make sense of, and learn from, their experiences abroad provides us with insights into how service learning programs can help managers to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset that will enable them to successfully support a company's global sustainability and CSR efforts. We conclude by discussing the implications for leadership development, specifically how organizations can incorporate a responsibility and sustainability focus in their management development programs.

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Keywords: ethics / stakeholders / training and development
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel > International Business > Stahl
Version of the Document: Draft
Variance from Published Version: Major
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 14:34
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 16:22
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/58264/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/3845

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