Responsible education, managerial behaviour and corporate social responsibility

Journal of Global Responsibility

COVID-19 has changed our world in unprecedented ways. It comes as no surprise that this includes changes in the structure and modus operandi of many industries in most countries worldwide. Phenomena such as self-isolation, panic buying, limited transportation and working from home have dramatically changed the way people behave as consumers and as employees (Kim, 2020). To address these drastic changes, both the business and the higher education (HE) sectors will need to adjust to a new environment full of immense challenges and uncertainties, as well as to meet the increased needs of a variety of stakeholders (He and Harris, 2020Crawford et al., 2020). First and the foremost, universities and businesses will need to address new or amplified existing societal issues, such as poverty, unemployment, isolation, mental health problems, a lack of digital literacy and many others and re-invent their institutional roles in society. This demand comes on the top of an already colossal pressure for organisations to place emphasis on societal impact and commitment to the common good, and a shift in consumer preferences to favour companies that acknowledge this and act accordingly (Öberseder et al., 2013).

In this free access virtual special issue, we attempt to fill these important gaps in the literature and generate scientific knowledge on the complicated relationships between responsible leadership, CSR and business ethics in the business and HE sectors. We present a collection of six papers from academics and practitioners – following a wide range of research methodologies – that explain how ethics and social responsibility are perceived, implemented and taught in businesses and universities. Among others, the themes addressed in the special issue include responsible education, ethics in business, responsible leadership and CSR.

This free access virtual special issue will be available from 10th November to 10th December 2021. It was originally published in Volume 11, Issue 4 in the Journal of Global Responsibility.

Guest editorial by George Lodorfos, Anastasia Konstadopoulou, Ioannis Kostopoulos, Ioannis Rizomyliotis and Junjie Wu

Why can CSR seem like putting lipstick on a pig? Evaluating CSR authenticity by comparing practitioner and consumer perspectives by Audra Diers-Lawson, Kerry Coope and Ralph Tench

What type of learning journey do students value most? Understanding enduring factors from the NSS leading to responsible decision-making by Aftab Dean, Moade Shubita and Julia Claxton

Responsible education: what engages international postgraduate students – evidence from UK by Paul Agu Igwe, Mahfuzur Rahman, Paschal Ohalehi, Amarachi Amaugo and Julian Amalachukwu Anigbo

Teaching business ethics in a digital world by Solon Magrizos

Managerial behaviour and corporate social responsibilities of private education providers in Nigeria: a case of private primary education by Ihuoma Ikemba-Efughi and Razaq Raj

Demographic factors, compensation, job satisfaction and organizational commitment in private university: an analysis using SEM by Mohammad Ali Ashraf