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1st Edition

Developing a Sustainability Mindset in Management Education

ISBN 9781783537273
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
398 Pages

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Book Description

With an expanding awareness of the challenges of sustainability, featured more in the daily news than in higher education textbooks, scholars and faculty have been called to connect their syllabi to the ‘real world’. This book doesn’t just offer the ‘why’; it offers the ‘how’ through presenting the definition and model of the ‘sustainability mindset’ to help educators frame curricula to facilitate broad and deep systemic learning among current and future leaders.

A sustainability mindset is intended to help individuals analyze complex management challenges and generate truly innovative solutions. The sustainability mindset breaks away from traditional management disciplinary silos by integrating management ethics, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, systems thinking, self-awareness and spirituality within the dimensional contexts of thinking (knowledge), being (values) and doing (competency).

This book is aimed at professors, faculty members, instructors, teaching assistants, researchers and doctoral students in higher learning management education programs. Chapter contributors are all teaching professionals from programs around the world, who have been doing research and creating curricula, assessments, tools, and more for the students in their classes, and the book will be globally applicable.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Contributor Biographies





Chapter 1: A Sustainable Mindset Model for Management Education

Kerul Kassel, Isabel Rimanoczy, and Shelley Mitchell

Chapter 2: Sustainability and the Being Dimension: The heart of the matter

Isabel Rimanoczy and Karthyeni Sridaran

Chapter 3: Values, Sustainability, and Implications for Management Education

Marta Sambiase, Silvia M. Russi De Domenico, and Janette Brunstein

Chapter 4: Motivation for the Sustainability Mindset

Angus Yip

Chapter 5: A Value Centric Approach to Eudaimonia (Human Flourishing)

Radha Sharma

Chapter 6: Cosmodern Education: Emotional, Spiritual, and Ecological Literacy to Develop a Sustainability Mindset

Javier Collado-Ruano


Chapter 7: Experiential Learning Methods for Teaching Entrepreneurship with a Sustainability Mindset

Henrietta Onwuegbuzie and Ijeoma Ugwuanyi

Chapter 8: Enhancing the Sustainability Mindset Through Real Life Business as a Flourishing Impact Project

Amelia Januar Indrajaya

Chapter 9: ‘I (do) not care what you think about my ideas’: Navigating Agripreneurship Through Sustainable Learning Processes From A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Alexander Tetteh Kwasi Nuer

Chapter 10: Making Sense of Mindfulness in Management Education

Charlie Yang

Chapter 11: Holistic Education, Transformative Learning and Sustainability Mindset in a Business School: A Case Study of a Brazilian Jesuit University

Soraia Schutel, Janaína Pimenta Lemos Becker, Janaina Audino

Chapter 12: Developing a sustainability mindset through service learning

Mario Vázquez Maguirre and Consuelo García de la Torre


Chapter 13: Consciousness-Based Education: Cultivating Sustainable Minds

Dennis Heaton and Colin Heaton

Chapter 14: Leapfrogging to the Fourth Mission in Higher Education: A New Ghanaian College Creates Sustainability Approaches and Community Engagement

Helen Akolgo-Azupogo, Roland Bardy, and Arthur Rubens

Chapter 15: Developing The Abilities For Tomorrow: What Liberal Arts Can Contribute To Management Education

Mary Grace Neville

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Kerul Kassel is faculty at Fielding Graduate University, author of The Thinking Executive’s Guide to Sustainability (Business Expert Press, 2014) and has been awarded year-on-year fellowships at Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and conferences around the world.

Isabel Rimanoczy is Convener of the PRME Working Group on the Sustainability Mindset and author of Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset (2014) and Stop Teaching (2016). She is a Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and a Strategic Sustainability Adviser with One Planet Environmental Network.


Developing Sustainability Mindset in Management Education is relevant to students, educators, administrators, and leaders worldwide. It is a thoughtful, insightful, and purposeful book that breaks away from the traditional academic silos to allow educators to teach using systems thinking, self-awareness, and spirituality. The various authors present a re-conceptualization of education philosophies and objectives, new ways of developing a sustainability mindset in management students, and an opportunity to bring students into alignment with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Margaret A. Goralski, PhD, Coordinator Capstone Business Experiences & Assistant Professor of Strategy, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA


Over the last decade, business management has been involved in an active debate over several global problems facing humanity.  At the center of the debate is the search for engaging leaders in the private sector to support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and The United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education. Key to success in this direction is opening the mindset of business leaders to a holistic global view. Developing Sustainability Mindset in Management Education, edited by two visionary researchers, focuses on the essential factor of developing this weltanschauung or world vision mindset and offers both theoretical and practical methods. A remarkable collection of articles by like-minded and engaged researchers from around the world to help prepare leaders for dealing with common problems.

Mehdi Majidi, Ph.D., University Professor and international consultant, Sustainable socioeconomic Development


The book calls for holistic approach to management education that simultaneously addresses the "heads, hands and hearts" of future business leaders and the organizations they will create and/or work for. It also provides evidence and inspirational stories on how the possibility of developing the specific logos, pathos and ethos of sustainable mindset for the new role of business in society, sustainable development and responsible leadership could be turned into reality, both inside and outside the classroom.  


Milenko Gudić, Co-chair PRME Working Group on Poverty, a Challenge for Management Education.

Founding Director, Refoment Consulting and Coaching, Belgrade Serbia


Developing "The Sustainability Mindset", what an important idea! We, as a species, are in urgent need of learning for sustainability in order to become native again on this planet. Holistic educational approaches like the ones promoted by this book- learning to know, to do and to be- have enormous potential to foster such learning.

Oliver Laasch, Ph.D. Founder of the Center for Responsible Management Education

Assistant Professor in Strategy, Nottingham University Business School


If business education intends to foster global prosperity, then we must be more purposeful about developing the values, attitudes, and beliefs of our students. This book is about doing that. It informs and inspires by drawing on the ideas and experiences of pioneering professors from more than a dozen countries.

Dan LeClair, Chief Operating Officer, AACSB