Dr Debbie Haski- Leventhal Explores The Importance of Responsible Management Education

Dr Debbie Haski- Leventhal Explores The Importance of Responsible Management Education

Dr Debbie Haski- Leventhal Explores The Importance of Responsible Management Education

In her recent survey, Dr Haski-Leventhal explores the attitude of business students and their outlook on the importance of responsible management education.

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, recently spoke to AFR about the importance of responsible management education (Students ignore the lure of money and prioritise doing good: MGSM survey, 8 September 2017, Financial Review). In the interview, Dr Haski-Leventhal shared key findings from the most recent UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) survey. These bi-annual surveys, conducted by Dr Hask-Leventhal, track what business students think business education should look like.

As Dr Haski-Leventhal explained, the survey began in 2011 to get students involved in the global discussion about what constitutes responsible management education. The latest results challenge the assumption that today’s university students only want those skills that will help them make money. Instead, according business students were more likely to value "making the world a better place."

Other key findings highlighted in the AFR article include:

  • More than 90 per cent of business students were prepared to sacrifice some percentage of their salary to work for a potential employer who was considered to be socially responsible
  • Half said they would sacrifice up to 20 per cent to work for a company that cared about their employees
  • One in five was prepared to sacrifice up to 40 per cent of their income if the employer ticked multiple social responsibility boxes.

While past surveys have consistently shown students do value social responsibility and aspects other than money, Dr Haski-Leventhal noted that the results were an encouraging contradiction to the perceptions around management education.

As one of 24 Australian business schools involved with UN PRME, MGSM is proud to offer responsible leadership programs.

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