Reflexivity in teaching responsible management outside of the classroom: lessons from ancient Greek theatre

Bisignano, A.P. ORCID: 0000-0001-7446-0657, 2018. Reflexivity in teaching responsible management outside of the classroom: lessons from ancient Greek theatre. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 15, pp. 9-32. ISSN 1649-5195

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This paper discusses how the design of service-learning projects can foster students' reflexivity in learning responsible management. The paper builds on the existing debate on the nature of reflexivity. It proposes to focus on the relationship between students and the structure of responsible management teaching as defined by the curriculum, the learning outcomes, and the expectations of Business Schools. The paper adopts Archer's morphogenetic conceptual approach to explore analytically this agency-structure relationship in service-learning projects. Drawing on parallels with ancient Greek theatre, the paper investigates how this relationship can morph via praxis and dialogue and affect reflexivity. The paper reflects on the empirical evidence from two service-learning projects. Each was run twice: once using a traditional class-based method and once using the Aristotelian approach to Greek Theatre. The two versions considered different configurations of the dimensions of time, space and action as well as of the role of the teacher in the student’s reflexive process. Empirical evidence highlights how students are more likely to take control of their own learning by enacting praxis in service-learning projects that are compressed in time, space, and course of action. Moreover, the reflexive journey changes when the teacher acts as a dialogical interlocutor as opposed to be a mere instructor in the project. The paper introduces implications for Business Schools in terms of teachers’ training in preparation for responsible management teaching. It also discusses the design for effective service-learning projects and collaboration with external agencies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Ethics Education
Creators: Bisignano, A.P.
Publisher: NeilsonJournals
Date: October 2018
Volume: 15
ISSN: 1649-5195
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Dec 2018 16:01
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 16:01
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