Building an industry-oriented business sustainability curriculum in higher education

Mei hui Chen, Yenchun Jim Wu, Kune Muh Tsai

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Abstract

In the past, research addressing the issues reflecting industrial needs for sustainabilityrelated curriculum design in higher education has been limited. To narrow this gap and to provide students with better business sustainability curricula, we propose employing a mapping concept to extract the opinions and needs of industrial professionals. A total of 14 industrial professionals were invited to brainstorm on topics of business sustainability to be included in the curriculum, and we were able to obtain 52 topics. The participants were then asked to group the topics on the basis of their own perception of similarity, and rated their importance and difficulty levels. To associate the topics into clusters, we conducted multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis. We achieved five clusters: resource usage reduction and management, corporate governance and labor safety, business sustainability practices, employee rights and community involvement, and knowledge of the regulations. A derived importance-performance analysis (dIPA) was later implemented to further categorize the topics on the basis of the distinct levels of importance and difficulty of each topic. The four quadrants in dIPA could act as guidelines for designing a series of progressive courses on business sustainability in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4698
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 10

Keywords

  • Business sustainability curriculum
  • Conceptmapping
  • Higher education
  • Importance-performance analysis
  • Industrial needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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