An overview of management education for sustainability in asia

Yen Chun Jim Wu, Ju Peng Shen, Tsuang Kuo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose – This paper aims to explore the holistic picture of sustainability curricula in Asian higher education. Design/methodology/approach – Content analysis was conducted based on Asian management education for sustainability in higher education. Online courses arrangement, teaching methods, instructors’ educational background and cross-referencing data between triple bottom line and sustainability courses have been investigated. Findings – The paper provides empirical insights about the current state of sustainability education in Asia. The results show that there is an opportunity for interdisciplinary integration, as there are imbalanced sustainability courses offered by business, science and engineering schools. It also suggests that Asian universities should add an international connection and active promotion of sustainability education on their Web sites. Research limitations/implications – Findings are based on web-based sustainability -related courses. Future research could apply method of case study to do a deeper study. Practical implications – The paper provides an overview of Asian management education for sustainability and curricula analysis through our research, and that this will further assist in the development of interdisciplinary integration in Asian management education for sustainability. Originality/value – This paper is the first attempt to gain better understanding of sustainability-related courses offered in leading business/management colleges in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-353
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 5


  • Asia
  • Business curriculum
  • Content analysis
  • Management education
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education


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