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Managing in turbulent times: The impact of sustainability in management education on current and future business leaders

Cole, Rosie and Snider, Brent (2019) Managing in turbulent times: The impact of sustainability in management education on current and future business leaders Journal of Cleaner Production, 210. pp. 1622-1634.

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Abstract

During modern times of economic and political turmoil, we ask how we should be educating current and future business leaders to navigate periods of global turbulence. The paper suggests that firstly, undergraduates (future managers) and executive MBA students (current managers) need sustainability embedded in their management education because both groups believe that the global supply chain practices have contributed to global turbulence and that sustainable supply chain actions could help to reduce that turbulence. Secondly, that exposure to supply chain sustainability examples in management education increases global awareness and empathy in current and future managers. Thirdly, it is suggested that a gender balance is required for improved sustainability decision making. Lastly, it is found that direct facilitation by an instructor is not required for threshold learning and that it can occur exclusively through self-reflection. The overarching contribution of the paper is that rather than viewing economic, environmental, social and political turbulence as external factors that managers must simply navigate, supply chain sustainability education enables managers to connect how their global supply chain decisions can either intensify or reduce the turbulence.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Cole, Rosier.cole@surrey.ac.uk
Snider, Brent
Date : February 2019
DOI : 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.135
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : sustainable supply chains, management education, turbulence, threshold learning
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2018 10:16
Last Modified : 17 Nov 2019 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849919

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