Development of a Curriculum Integrating Sustainable Development in Management Education


The project introduces sustainable development as a core topic to the curriculum of the Major in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Instead of
placing one or few course(s) on sustainability, the project aims at strengthening
sustainable development throughout the whole curriculum. Thus, the project goals do not only include increasing students' knowledge on sustainable development but also developing their attitudes towards sustainable development. In particular, students should be able to critically reflect upon the paradigms, goals, approaches, and decisions in management; they should solve problems in interdisciplinary teams by connecting concepts and theories from multiple disciplines, cultures, etc. and by taking into account different interacting aspects, e.g. the ecological, social and economic goals of different stakeholders according to the triple-bottom line model. Finally, students should appreciate the importance of individual responsibility and action regarding sustainable development. In our understanding, sustainable development encompasses economic and social progress, as well as the effective protection of the environment. Sustainable development is not seen as an issue to be added to the curriculum but as a different view on the traditional curriculum, on teaching, on organizational change and on ethos.
To assess whether the curriculum development has the expected effects to support the students' competence development in the domain of sustainable development, an existing questionnaire on student attitudes will be extended to include sustainable development. The outcomes of the project include a concept, methods, and experiences on how to introduce sustainable development as a core topic throughout a bachelor's curriculum, a questionnaire on knowledge and attitudes towards sustainable development as well as an evaluation of the concept's effectiveness concerning students' competences in the domain of sustainable development.

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Commencement Date1 June 2013
Contributors Brahm, Taiga (Project Manager) & Kühner, Patrizia (Project Worker)
Institute/School IWP - Institute of Business Education and Educational Management
Completion Date 31 December 2015
Publications Brahm, Taiga & Kühner, Patrizia: How to develop curricula for sustainable development: the case of Business Schools : Workshop am Sustainable Universities Day. Sustainable University Day 2014. Bern, 28 March 2014.
Brahm, Taiga; Raatz, Saskia & Euler, Dieter: How can we develop the "right attitudes" in future managers? 2014. - 2nd Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference. - Copenhagen.
Brahm, Taiga & Kühner, Patrizia: Entwicklung eines Curriculums zur Integration von Nachhaltigkeit und Verantwortung in ein betriebswirtschaftliches Studienprogramm : Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des Marktplatzs an der SAGUF-Tagung 2014. SAGUF-Tagung. Zürich, 26 November 2014.
Brahm, Taiga; Kühner, Patrizia & Schmid, Cécile: How to motivate faculty to engage in teaching for sustainability? [Conference or Workshop Item]
Brahm, Taiga & Kühner, Patrizia: Faculty motivation as a key to integrating sustainable development into teaching and learning. 2016. - The Higher Education Conference 2016. - Amsterdam.
Brahm, Taiga & Kühner, Patrizia: Integrating PRME into an undergraduate curriculum – experiences from a Swiss University. 2017. - EARLI 2017. - Tampere.
Brahm, Taiga & Kühner, Patrizia (2017) Faculty motivation as a key for integrating sustainable development in Higher Education Curricula. International journal of innovation & sustainable development : IJISD, ISSN 1740-8822
Keywords management education sustainable development sustainability critical thinking attitude students curriculum development
Methods schriftliche Befragung, Interviews, Fokusgruppen
Funders other
Partners Programme Management of the Bachelor BWL
Principal Schweizer Universitätskonferenz
Id 226834
Project Range School
Project Status ongoing
Subjects education
Topics sustainable development attitudes student learning
Project Type applied research project
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