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    What national and regional overviews of sustainability in business, management and executive education tell us (and what they don't!).


    Cullen, John G. (2014) What national and regional overviews of sustainability in business, management and executive education tell us (and what they don't!). Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Many studies of the growth of the sustainability discourse in the field of business, management and executive education have indicated that the field has undergone considerable growth over the last two decades, and that this growth has accelerated in recent years. This paper analyses the research literature which specifically attempts to generate ‘snap shots’ of national and regional overviews of sustainability in business education. A bibliometric review of research on sustainability and business education was undertaken on the Social Sciences Citation Index, and titles which specifically provided regional overviews were isolated for analysis on the grounds of the research focus, scope, research methods and findings. Seven 'snapshot' reviews conducted at national and regional level were discovered, five of which were published in 2010 or after. Only one appeared in a business journal. The most common methods of data collection were web-based searches or surveys. Most reviews were conducted in the Southern hemisphere and utilized content analysis of published documents or websites of business school curricula-related materials. Most reported that, although interest in sustainability was strong among individual faculty, integration into the mainstream curricula was poor. Future research could focus on examining reviews which were not solely published in the peer-reviewed literature. A major lacuna in this type of research is the absence of data on student expectations and recruitment market needs for sustainability-oriented business graduates. Finally, greater collaboration among researchers is advocated in conducting this form of research. The paper outlines dominant approaches used in this form of research, and highlights areas to be explored in future research. As such, it is the first 'meta-review' of research on national practices in relation to sustainability in business education.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Keywords: Sustainability; Bibliometrics; Management Education; Ethics; Undergraduates; Postgraduates;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 4842
    Depositing User: Dr. John G. Cullen
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 16:09
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