Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Clones in the MBA classroom: Understanding the relationship between culture and MBA students' attitudes toward socially responsible business leadership: A mixed methods cross-national study
by Roche, Juan F., Ph.D., University of San Diego, 2016, 215; 3745996
Abstract (Summary)

Recurrent corporate scandals have underscored the need for business leaders, the majority of whom were trained in business schools, to address tradeoffs between the interests of investors and those who serve the common good as an expression of socially responsible business leadership (SRBL). This study offers an integrated corporate social responsibility model (ICSRM), which displays the factors that scholarly research suggests promote and hinder corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. However, because the CSR concept originated in the United States and the American business school model is replicated across the globe, most theories that support this conceptual framework were developed through that lens. This study addresses this weakness by exploring the impact of other cultural contexts on CSR thought and practice.

Specifically, the purpose of this exploratory mixed methods cross-national study is to examine the impact of culture on the motives and views of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students from three distinctive cultural clusters regarding the factors that support CSR. The findings, gleaned from 290 surveys and three focus groups, indicate that these MBA students have almost identical motives toward CSR, which are expressed in their eagerness to manage the tension between profitability and the common good. Additionally, the students demonstrate very similar views regarding the factors that drive CSR’s implementation. In short, the study suggests that cultural dimensions do not seem to have a meaningful influence on students’ personal attitudes regarding these factors, providing a basis for scholars to better understand and further explore the possible relationship between cultural factors and SRBL.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nahavandi, Afsaneh
Commitee: Hubbard, Lea, Inoue, Noriyuki
School: University of San Diego
Department: Leadership Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Ethics, Business education, Business and Secretarial Schools
Keywords: Business and society, Corporate social responsibility, Culture, Ethics, Leadership, Master of business administration education
Publication Number: 3745996
ISBN: 978-1-339-39109-0
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