Winterizing the Egyptian spring: why might business schools fail to develop responsible leaders?

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Purpose: This paper aims to theoretically answer the question: why might business schools in Egypt fail to develop responsible leaders? Design/methodology/approach: The author starts by discussing modernization theory (Lipset, 1959) – which highlights the idea that the more educated people there are in a given society/nation, the more calls for democracy, social citizenship and social justice will be launched – to address the strong association between the quality of business learning and the development of responsible leadership norms. Moving forward by focusing on the theory of education (Dewey, 1916) and institutional theory (DiMaggio and Powell, 1983), the author finds the main conditions needed to develop responsible leadership norms among business school students. Findings: The author identified the following three necessary conditions: implementing responsible management education, sustaining management learning and ensuring that a purposive hidden curriculum is well-planned in business schools. The author sees these as the main priorities for developing responsible leadership skills among business school students in Egypt and similar post revolution countries. Originality/value: This paper contributes by filling a gap in responsible leadership, public administration and higher education literature, in which conceptual studies on the role of business schools in post-revolution periods and conflict zones has been limited until now.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)599-614
Número de páginas16
PublicaciónEuropean Journal of Training and Development
EstadoPublicada - 26 may. 2023


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