The reflexive impotence and neoliberal neurosis of the responsible business school

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Business schools need to change in front of social and environmental crises that threaten humanity itself. The chapter argues that the responsible turn of business school curriculum increasingly acknowledges these threats but is unable to bring forth any radical or transformative systemic actions or imaginations. It shows how two notions, reflexive impotence and neoliberal neurosis are holding back imaginations of both faculty and student in terms of alternative futures and systemic change. The chapter suggests some moderate, but not fully pragmatic, seeds of curricular change that builds on the rejection of restoring capitalism to a fictitious past and instead opening for discussions how to radically transform capitalism toward more utopian futures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDebating Business School Legitimacy : Attacking, Rocking, and Defending the Status Quo
EditorsAnders Örtenblad, Riina Koris
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-12727-4, 978-3-031-12724-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-12725-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePalgrave Debates in Business and Management
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Cham
ISSN (Print)2524-5082


  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Neoliberal neurosis
  • Responsible management education
  • CSR
  • Reflexive impotence
  • Capitalism
  • Transformative change
  • 512 Business and Management

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising

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