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Business Students’ Conceptions of Sustainability

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  • Anna Reid

    () (Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia)

  • Peter Petocz

    () (Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia)

  • Paul Taylor

    () (Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia)

Abstract

In the field of higher education, the role of sustainability is increasingly seen as an important capability of successful graduates, one of a group of higher-level dispositions that is particularly important for students’ future professional roles. Discussion of sustainability often assumes that all participants understand the term in the same way, and different understandings can make meaningful dialogue difficult. This article presents an empirical investigation of the ways in which students from a business faculty at a large metropolitan university view sustainability in the specific context of their tertiary education. While some students viewed the notion in quite naïve ways—for example, the idea of ‘keeping themselves going’—others talked about much broader views incorporating ideas of inter-generational justice. Investigation of such views provides important evidence for dialogue on sustainability with the next generation of professional leaders in business.

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  • Anna Reid & Peter Petocz & Paul Taylor, 2009. "Business Students’ Conceptions of Sustainability," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(3), pages 1-12, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:662-673:d:5771
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    Cited by:

    1. Stefan Steiniger & M. Ebrahim Poorazizi & Andrew J. S. Hunter, 2016. "Planning with Citizens: Implementation of an e-Planning Platform and Analysis of Research Needs," Urban Planning, Cogitatio Press, vol. 1(2), pages 46-64.
    2. Audrey L. Schroer & Heili E. Lowman & Craig L. Just, 2015. "Educating the Aware, Informed and Action-Oriented Sustainable Citizen," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(2), pages 1-15, February.

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    Keywords

    higher education; conceptions; graduate dispositions; professional preparation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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