Handbook on Responsible Leadership and Governance in Global Business
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Handbook on Responsible Leadership and Governance in Global Business

Edited by Jonathan P. Doh and Stephen A. Stumpf

Ethics, social responsibility, leadership, governance. These terms are heard in the classroom, in the boardroom, and viewed on the front page of newspapers and magazines. Yet serious attention to the relationships among these concepts is lacking. Although commitments to leadership, ethics, and social responsibility are evident, individuals and companies are falling short in combining these duties into policies and cultures that guide behavior and decisions. The missing element is a broad-based and integrated approach to responsible leadership and governance. This volume provides the leading thinking on these issues and includes a discussion of emerging areas that require future attention.
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Chapter 19: Responsible Leadership and Governance in Global Business: The Role of Business Education

Ernest J. Scalberg


Ernest J. Scalberg Introduction Both the literature on global leadership and the contributors to this book underscore the growing importance of preparing responsible leaders for an increasingly global business environment. As the earlier chapters in this book will attest, there has long been attention paid in terms of theory and research, especially in the United States, as to what constitutes good leadership and to the approaches that can be employed to select and develop good leaders. In the last several decades, in recognition that a burgeoning amount of the world’s commerce crosses national borders, growing attention has been paid in research and writing to the challenges presented to managers and leaders by global versus domestic business. More recently, the research and writing on leadership is beginning to focus on ‘responsible’ global leaders. The increased attention is due to the broadening awareness of the need for leaders to be concerned about the social and environmental impact of their businesses as well as the highly visible cases of irresponsible leadership exercised by the executive teams of some major multinational corporations. As the spotlight of attention has focused on responsible leadership, business schools have shared some of the blame for the recent transgressions that have occurred in the business environment as well as shouldering some of the expectations for promoting positive change. The contention in this chapter is that, although some business schools and select business postgraduate programs have been cognizant of the issues regarding responsible global leadership and have thus assumed the...

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