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

Oliver Laasch, Dirk Moosmayer, Elena Antonacopoulou, Stefan Schaltegger

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-757
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Collaborative practices
  • Constellations of practices
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Intersectorality
  • PRME
  • Responsible management learning and education
  • Social practices
  • Transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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