ERIC Number: EJ1072776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Market Demand for Sustainability in Management Education
Gitsham, Matthew; Clark, Timothy S.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v15 n3 p291-303 2014
Purpose: This paper aims to contribute to the ongoing debate about the relevance of sustainability in management education through exploration of the needs and expectations of a key group of business schools' stakeholders--senior executives of leading corporations. Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents findings from a survey regarding sustainability within management education returned by executives from a wide span of global companies. The study includes 194 survey responses by senior executives from companies that are signatories of the United Nations Global Compact. Findings: Results from a survey of executives from leading multinational enterprises reveal widespread recognition that sustainability issues are increasingly important for effective management, thus that managers must be appropriately trained for these emerging challenges. Survey results also indicate the kinds of skills and qualities seen as valuable by corporate leaders. Research limitations/implications: It is not possible to extrapolate from this study the aggregate sentiment of all senior business executives, but the sample of 194 respondents is significant. Practical implications: The expressed demand from business leaders provides context for business school faculty and administrators involved in the development of appropriately trained professionals. Originality/value: The study provides indication of demand from a significant subset of influential executives, providing support for the on-going progress of the integration of sustainability topics and training in the curricula of business and other fields.
Descriptors: Management Development, Sustainability, Surveys, Relevance (Education), Administrator Attitudes, Corporations, Business Administration Education, College Faculty, Course Content, Curriculum, Supply and Demand
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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