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Developing Sustainable Strategies: Foundations, Method, and Pedagogy
Journal of Business Ethics (2014)
  • Scott Kelley, DePaul University
While the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a very positive development in the horizon of management education over the last decade, there are still many significant challenges for engaging the mind of the manager in ways that will foster the values of PRME and the UN Global Compact. Responsible management education must address three foundational challenges in business education if it is to actualize the aspirations of PRME: 1) it must confront the cognitional myth that knowing is like looking, 2) it must move beyond mere analysis to systems thinking, and 3) it must transition from a values-neutral stance to a values-driven stance. Using Developing Sustainable Strategies, an MBA practicum in the Sustainable Management Concentration at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as a case study, this article identifies the ways in which Pragmatic Inquiry can addresses these challenges. The method of Pragmatic Inquiry prepares students to become responsible managers, to develop sustainable strategies, and to be creators of shared value. Built from the philosophical foundations of American pragmatism and Bernard Lonergan’s critical realism, Pragmatic Inquiry is an effective method and pedagogy for responsible management education. The final publication is available at
  • Principles of Responsible Management Education,
  • Management Education,
  • Sustainable Strategy
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
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Scott Kelley. "Developing Sustainable Strategies: Foundations, Method, and Pedagogy" Journal of Business Ethics (2014)
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