"Pomp and Circumstance": Industry and Academe Partnering in Service-learning to Build Good Citizenship

By Wilma R. King and Giancarlo Polenghi.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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Our paper, comprised largely of ethnographic studies, shares some cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary initiatives which combined learning with meaningful, globally-shared concerns. In these first-hand philanthropic collaborations, we incorporated entrepreneurial principles, concepts, and theories to organize, create, and manage projects to contribute to positive social change. Other projects looked at potential solutions for embracing divergent backgrounds, points-of-view, and disabilities in organizational workplaces. Particularly in the fashion world, some of the world’s social problems –Alzheimer’s, blind and visual impairments, and anorexia – were addressed by our students through service-learning instruction and structure whereby we collaborated with Italian fashion industry leaders. The authors of this paper believe that all people have spiritual instincts and that our purpose in communication courses is to teach students to find ways to channel those instincts towards a greater good, particularly in the workplaces that they will either create as entrepreneurs, or that they will help guide as influencers and leaders.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Principles, Values-centered Leadership, Service Leadership

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 4, January 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 791.464KB).

Wilma R. King

Lecturer, Communication Studies, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, USA

Dr. Giancarlo Polenghi

Professore incaricato, Marketing dei Servizi, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Firenze, Toscana, Italy