Factors Affecting Successful Implementation of Responsible Management Education in Ghanaian Business Schools

  •  Alfred Atakoa    


Business schools have been criticized failing to acknowledge their role in educating responsible managers that
could have helped in solving the recent financial crisis that affected corporate institutions. This has resulted in a
number of measures by most business schools in the areas of introduction of responsible management education
courses. Nevertheless, the general view prevails that business schools as a whole are making only very little
progress in addressing these critical issues on institutional level. The study therefore examines the key factors
affecting the implementation of responsible management education in Ghanaian Business Schools.

The study revealed that the most important factors affecting business schools authorities’ decisions in the
implementation of the concept of responsible management education were; financial constraints, tensions
between the university, business schools and national Accreditation Board (NAB). That is not all, but most
respondents placed much emphasis on lack of learning environments to promote knowledge, skills and attitudes
of students to become responsible business leaders as among the most critical factor affecting the
implementation of responsible management education.

Past experience with a CSR agenda and size of the business school were recorded as the least critical factors
identified as affecting successful implementation of responsible management education.

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