Action Learning in Leadership for Change: Partnership, Pedagogy, and Projects for Responsible Management Development

  • Sandra A. Waddock
  • Eve Spangler
Part of the Outreach Scholarship book series (OUTR, volume 4)


A number of years ago several sociology and management faculty at Boston College came together to develop a joint executive education program with two main objectives: to promote social responsibility in business and to employ an action-learning pedagogy appropriate to adult, work-based learning. The integration of these two objectives occurred primarily through major projects undertaken by participants within their employing organizations. These projects had to define (when necessary), develop, and implement business practices that optimized both conventional economic returns and social returns for at least one of the sponsoring organization’s many stakeholders: employees, customers, suppliers, neighbors, or the environment. The program was initially called Leadership for the Common Good and later re-named Leadership for Change (LC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra A. Waddock
    • 1
  • Eve Spangler
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston CollegeUSA

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