Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 154, Issue 4, pp 1019–1032 | Cite as

A Discursive Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility Education: A Story Co-creation Exercise

  • José-Carlos García-RosellEmail author
Original Paper


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.


Corporate social responsibility Management education Discourse Storytelling Social constructionism Critical reflexivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences, Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI)University of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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