Constellations of Transdisciplinary Practices: A Map and Research Agenda for the Responsible Management Learning Field

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The emerging field of responsible management learning is characterized by an urgent need for transdisciplinary practices. We conceptualize constellations of transdisciplinary practices by building up on a social practice perspective. From this perspective, knowledge and learning are ‘done’ in interrelated practices that may span multiple fields like the professional, educational, and research field. Such practices integrate knowledge across disciplines (interdisciplinarity) and sectors (intersectorality) in order to learn to enact, educate, and research complex responsible management. Accordingly, constellations of collaborative transdisciplinary practices span the three layers of the responsible management field: Professional responsible management, responsible management education, and responsible management research. We apply this framework to map both recent responsible management learning publications and contributions to this special issue. We notice that although the responsible management field’s aspiration for transdisciplinarity is high the degree to which it has been realized is low. This results in our proposal for a research agenda, which points out impediments to transdisciplinary, and research directions for the responsible management learning field. We also highlight theoretical implications of our conceptual framework for the larger transdisciplinarity discussion.

ZeitschriftJournal of Business Ethics
Seiten (von - bis)735-757
Anzahl der Seiten23
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.04.2020


  • Responsible management learning and education, ransdisciplinarity, PRME, Interdisciplinarity, Intersectorality, Social practices, Collaborative practices, Constellations of practices
  • Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Nachhaltigkeit