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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 754; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030754

Training the CSR Sensitive Mind-Set: The Integration of CSR into the Training of Business Administration Professionals

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Research Department, Baltic Institute for Research and Development, 4 J. Savickio St., LT 01108 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Management Department, Vytautas Magnus University, 28 S. Daukanto St., LT-44246 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Management Department, University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, 1c Cieplaka St., 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Received: 5 February 2018 / Revised: 4 March 2018 / Accepted: 6 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
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Abstract

Current corporations are subject to stringent requirements in terms of sustainable development; however, a relevant problem is highlighted on the basis of the studies conducted. On the one hand, corporations experience greater or lesser pressure, while on the other hand, it must be admitted that the problem of demand for professionals, which is presupposed by the insufficient quality of training in higher education institutions, is important. This is somewhat strange given that the issues of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability have attracted increased attention in management education in recent years, and a five-fold increase in the number of stand-alone ethics courses has been noted since 1988. This interaction could contribute to the development of CSR, however a certain dissonance of cooperation between higher education and business exists, as there is a lack of leadership in this area in the study programs of business administration approved by the states, as well as in higher education institutions. Given these facts, the goal of the paper is to analyze the Master of Business Administration programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to offer direction to the challenge of integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into management and training. The method of analysis of professional business and administration training program content in terms of the integration of CSR was used during the survey. Using panel data of 28 full-time MBA programs, our findings show that that the core parts of MBAs under analysis merely—and mostly indirectly—cover CSR issues through one core course on business ethics. However, the leading MBA programs are currently missing an opportunity by ignoring their responsibility to support the training of CSR-minded future business administration professionals. The results of our research may act as a guide to which areas should be modified and/or changed. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate social responsibility; training and development; qualitative research corporate social responsibility; training and development; qualitative research
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Stonkutė, E.; Vveinhardt, J.; Sroka, W. Training the CSR Sensitive Mind-Set: The Integration of CSR into the Training of Business Administration Professionals. Sustainability 2018, 10, 754.

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