Business and Management Education for Sustainable Development: A Process for Creating Sustainable Public Value

  • Mirjam MindermanEmail author
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


As business schools provide training and education to both future and current business leaders, they can be regarded as a very important influence on how businesses operate. As such, business schools could play an important role in the change process of the profit sector towards sustainability. An increasing number of business schools sees its responsibility in this field and explicitly claims to adapt curricula and research in such a way that corporate social responsibility and sustainable development become fully embedded. This paper forms the introduction to a research project that aims to describe and analyse the process that enables business schools to create sustainable public value through their education for sustainable development. The paper provides a brief overview of the developments in management and business education for sustainable development, leading to the definition of the research question and strategy. The use of a value-based theoretical framework and the focus on the process behind education for sustainable development provide a highly relevant alternative to the merely quantitative assessment tools that are currently used to demonstrate the value of education for sustainable development. The research offers a qualitative method and a continuous process—that includes stakeholders—for assessing the contribution of management and business education for sustainable development towards the common good.


Business and management education Sustainable development Value Process Assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainable Development InitiativeUtrechtThe Netherlands

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