A discursive perspective on corporate social responsibility education: a story co-creation exercise

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) pedagogies and teaching techniques have been extensively discussed in the literature. They are viewed as crucial for illustrating business–society relationships and encouraging business students to act ethically. Although the experiential learning perspective prevails in the discussions on CSR education, little attention has been paid to the discursive
nature of CSR learning. Considering this gap, the paper explores the role of discourses in CSR education by drawing upon the discursive perspective on CSR and the relational social-constructionist orientation to management learning. To that end, a story co-creation exercise implemented in a CSR course in a Nordic University is used to demonstrate how discourses enable and constrain certain CSR meanings within a business educational context. The paper contributes to the field of CSR education and critical CSR research by suggesting how the discursive nature of CSR can be used to promote more reflexive practices among business students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2016
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • CSR
  • Management education
  • Discourse
  • Storytelling
  • Social Constructionism
  • critical reflexivity
  • Responsibility
  • Business responsibility
  • Critical CSR
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Teaching methods
  • pedagogical models
  • Story co-creation
  • Reflexivity
  • Reflexive learning
  • experiential learning
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability education
  • Managerial discourse
  • Post-colonial discourse
  • Orietalism
  • Managerialism
  • Post-colonialism
  • Gender

Field of science

  • Business and management


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