Ready to ‘Escape the Economy’? Latin American MBAs’ Cognitive Disconnects Concerning Degrowth, Societal Well-Being, and Environmental Sustainability

20 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2020

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Maria Murcia

Universidad Austral - IAE Business School; Universidad Austral - Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales

Maria Fernanda Tomaselli

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: April 15, 2020

Abstract

Based on an exploratory survey-based study among 186 MBA students from six Latin American countries (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, México, Peru, and Uruguay), we find evidence of both justification of the dubbed “growth ideology”, yet at the same time, signs of critique or, at best, ambivalence pertaining to the role of economic growth in enhancing societal well-being and environmental sustainability. We argue that whereas our results may provide partial support to the prescriptions of system justification theory, they also suggest that current signs of cognitive dissonance among participants may open up opportunities for cognitive change to embrace alternative economic paradigms based on restoration and redistribution. We discuss the implications of our findings for management education.

Keywords: Sustainability, Degrowth, Latin America, Management Education

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Murcia, Maria and Tomaselli, Maria Fernanda, Ready to ‘Escape the Economy’? Latin American MBAs’ Cognitive Disconnects Concerning Degrowth, Societal Well-Being, and Environmental Sustainability (April 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3576551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3576551

Maria Murcia (Contact Author)

Universidad Austral - IAE Business School ( email )

Buenos Aires
Argentina

Universidad Austral - Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales ( email )

S2000FZF Rosario
Argentina

Maria Fernanda Tomaselli

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

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