University of Almeria (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2018 Proceedings
Publication year: 2018
Pages: 1615-1621
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.0281
Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain
The increase of sustainability problems and frequent controversial practices of organizations and managers have made it evident the need of rethinking management education in order to effectively respond to the pressing environmental and social challenges societies face (Samuelson, 2013; Stoner & Wankel, 2009). Management education plays a key role in the formation of more responsible future leaders that include environmental and social issues as reference criteria in their decision-making (Akrivou & Bradbury-Huang, 2015)

Despite the effort of business schools and universities worldwide to legitimate sustainability as a key component of the business curricula in recent years, an effective integration of sustainability across the business disciplines remains a challenge (Starik et al., 2010). Many business schools fail to develop and integrate ethics, responsibility and sustainability within all major academic areas (Christopher, 2017). However, it might have a negative effect on the perceived importance of sustainability in management practices and the willingness of students’ to learn about corporate sustainability.

This study focuses on exploring students’ attitudes and willingness to learn corporate sustainability. Specifically, we analyze the effect of the degree of integration of sustainability in different business disciplines, the role of the instructor, and course design on students’ willingness to learn corporate sustainability. We test these relationships in a sample that comprises more than 300 responses of students enrolled in different undergraduate and master level degrees of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Almeria, Spain. Our findings provide relevant insights on how to engage students more effectively in the process of sustainability management learning.

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Sustainability management education, students’ attitudes, sustainability learning.