Teaching sustainability to business students: shifting mindsets

Stubbs, Wendy, and Cocklin, Chris (2008) Teaching sustainability to business students: shifting mindsets. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 9 (3). pp. 206-221.

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Purpose: This paper seeks to describe a framework used to help MBA students understand and reconcile the different sustainability perspectives.

Design/methodology/approach: A review of the corporate sustainability literature is undertaken to develop the sustainability framework.

Findings: The sustainability framework relates basic concepts and assumptions within the ecocentric, ecological modernization and neoclassical paradigms to organizational practice and behavior. For the most part, the MBA students have only been exposed to neoclassical economic thinking within the other MBA subjects. The aim of the sustainability framework is to shift the students' thinking by engaging with sustainability from different perspectives, rather than presenting one version of sustainability to them. The framework has proven to be useful in developing critical and reflective thinking and discussion.

Originality/value: The paper provides a summary of sustainability concepts as applied to business practices and describes how this is used in teaching sustainability to business students.

Item ID: 6478
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6739
Keywords: ecology; economics; education; teaching
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 03:15
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 30%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory @ 30%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960609 Sustainability Indicators @ 20%
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