PRME: Do Businesses Require Socially Responsible Managers?

January 13, 2017, 12:00 – 14:00, Building 2, 2nd Floor, Room 237

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept emerged in the second half of the 20th century in the USA. In many aspects, the basis for the concept was a business ethic characteristic of Western countries. 

As modern research shows, the Corporate Social Responsibility concept is differently interpreted and perceived in various cultures. In Russia, as in many other Eastern and Central European countries, the Corporate Social Responsibility concept is regarded by business representatives with mixed feelings, yet in business schools the amount of academic hours allocated to the relevant courses is steadily growing. 

However, to what extent the Corporate Social Responsibility concept is valid in the cultural context of the countries of the former socialist camp is still undecided. In addition, scandals of the last few years (e.g. VW) allow one to bring up the question in a more straightforward manner: does business require socially responsible managers?

Issues for Discussion

  • How do current cultural specifics of Eastern European and Central European countries affect the perception of the CSR concept? 
  • How can the CSR concept be adapted for the cultural context?
  • To what extent can the business school affect the formation of socially responsible managers?
  • How can we bridge the gap between CSR theory and CSR practice?
  • Are socially responsible managers helpful for the business?



  • Danica Purg
    Danica Purg

    Professor of Leadership and Effective Management, President, IEDC - Bled School of Management; President, CEEMAN

  • Joel Bouzou
    Joel Bouzou

    President, World Olympians Association; President and Founder, "Peace and Sport"; Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

  • Dusan Kucera
    Dusan Kucera

    Tutor, International School of Business and Management, University of Economics

  • Gábor Harangozo
    Gábor Harangozo

    Professor of Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest

  • Janez Škrabec
    Janez Škrabec

    Founder, CEO, Riko, d.o.o

  • Alexander Arkhipov
    Alexander Arkhipov

    Director, Corporate Philanthropy and Internal Communications, JTI Russia

  • Vadim Kovalyov
    Vadim Kovalyov

    First Deputy Executive Director, Association of Managers; Member of the Presidium, NASDOBR

  • Alexandra Boldyreva
    Alexandra Boldyreva

    Executive Secretary, Donors Forum

  • Julia Bulatova
    Julia Bulatova

    Lecturer, RISEBA