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Advancing Sustainability and Higher Business Education

International Journal of Higher EducationCall for Abstracts:
Special Issue  for the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Title: Advancing Sustainability and Higher Business Education (Smiles, Trials and Tribulations)

Background and Rationale

Over the past decade, we observe that the mindsets of many business leaders are beginning to transform from a strictly profit motivated worldview to more sustainable development orientated world view. This change is reflected in an increasing number of business schools exploring, discussing and promoting their responsible business credentials, aims and values - many universities in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia have expressed a commitment towards business education for sustainable development.  This new wave of sustainability awareness in higher education institutions is driven by a hope that future business leaders will be increasingly socially and/or environmentally responsible in their business decisions. However, although there is a movement in higher business education, sustainable development is not pervasive in every business school and too often it is an addendum issue or course/module rather than being a core around which business education across all business and management subjects hinge.

A rationale for this disconnect between the espousements of institutions and their practices (teaching and/or operational) is that sustainable development is not well understood, particularly within the executive levels of universities but also across the academic staff. The fundamental change aspect inherent within sustainable development is not fully grasped or if it is it is rejected as it challenges the foundation of existing scholarship, routines or world views. This disconnect is of concern and we wish to reflect upon the past, the current status and the future of sustainability and higher business education. In particular we aim to provide a platform for discussion and research into the barriers and enablers for incorporating sustainability in higher business education. The special issue is asking for papers that explore how, if and what is required institutionally in order that sustainable development in higher business education can be enhanced and or improved. It is call for papers on how to operationalise sustainability in higher business education institutions.

Abstracts (up to 200 words) should be sent to the guest editors, from whom further information may be

Dr. Ki-Hoon Lee
Griffith Business School, G01_2.13, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, QLD 4222, Australia
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Dr. Nick Barter
Griffith Business School, N50_1.35, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, QLD 4111, Australia
Tel: +61-7-3735-7903
Fax: +61-7-3735-5111
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The 5th BUP Rectors Conference will be held in Turku the 24 - 26 January 2018. For further information and also the registration form please see the Rectors Conference web site.

The conference is a part of the 100 year celebrations at Åbo Akademi University.

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