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Business Education For Sustainable Development: The Case of Romanian Universities


  • Razvan V. Mustata

    (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)

  • Carmen Giorgiana Bonaci

    () (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)

  • Cristina Hintea

    (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)

  • Bogdana Neamtu

    (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca)


Our study approaches the concept of sustainable development from a business perspective by looking into how universities can contribute to incorporating sustainability in the formation of future business professionals. The main objective of our paper is to develop an analysis that offers a current overview on the business higher education system as a source of education for sustainable development, particularly in the Romanian context. The employed research methodology mainly relies on content analysis of selected universities’ curricula and syllabuses as available on their websites. The obtained results document the current state of facts and allow suggestions for future improvements. Overall, our findings bring support to previous studies in suggesting that Romanian higher education should adjust more to the realities of the current business environment. Our study contributes to the literature on sustainable development by providing insights into the Romanian business higher education particularities, which might prove helpful for academics and students, as well as practitioners.

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  • Razvan V. Mustata & Carmen Giorgiana Bonaci & Cristina Hintea & Bogdana Neamtu, 2013. "Business Education For Sustainable Development: The Case of Romanian Universities," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 15(Special 7), pages 802-818, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:3:y:2013:i:special7:p:802-818

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    More about this item


    Sustainable Development; sustainability; Romania; business education; university courses; business professionals;

    JEL classification:

    • M21 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - Business Economics
    • A29 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Other
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration


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