Linking education for sustainable development and corporate sustainability: Developing an organisational change management for corporate sustainability course
Author(s)Lozano, Rodrigo; ; ; ; ; ;
Ceulemans, Kim; U0071210; ; ; ; ;
Scarff Seatter, Carol; ; ; ; ; ;
Keywordseducation for sustainable development, corporate sustainability, organisational change management for sustainability, curriculum development
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With growing interest from companies to hire sustainability literate graduates and universities to prepare future leaders, decision makers, and change agents, there has been a focus in embedding sustainability into higher education institutions’ curricula. A number of programmes and modules have been designed specifically to address sustainability, however many of them have environmental or technocentric foci. This paper presents the process of developing and delivering a new course ‘Change management for corporate and organisational sustainability’ of the BA Environment and Business at the University of Leeds, based on educating students about ‘soft issues’ (including values, philosophies, leadership, and culture) for sustainability. The course design posed a number of challenges and dilemmas: from the university’s design templates, to students’ feedback and demands for a new module, to developing the learning outcomes, and finally to designing the assessment. The course offers a way to bridge higher education for sustainable development and corporate sustainability discussions through an organisational change management perspective. Moreover, it provides students with a more holistic perspective, and, thus, helps them become better future corporate and organisational sustainability change agents.
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