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2nd Edition

The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management
Principles and Practice

Edited By

Petra Molthan-Hill

ISBN 9781783533190
Published May 7, 2017 by Routledge
640 Pages

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Book Description

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management has become a core textbook for business undergraduates. With a full introduction to sustainable management, the textbook covers all subject areas relevant to business students.

This second edition features fully updated chapters on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into accounting, marketing, HR and other subjects in management and business studies. Furthermore, this second edition offers brand new chapters on how to teach the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in any business discipline, how to explore new business models designed to support sustainable development and how to crowdsource for sustainable solutions.

The book contains over 40 ready-made seminars/short workshops which enable teachers and students to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into every discipline in business, including economics, operations, marketing, HR, and financial reporting. Each chapter follows the same easy-to-use format.

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management  provides a true treasure chest of materials to support staff wanting to integrate sustainability into their teaching and provides support to effectively embed sustainability in the curriculum. The chapters also offer a starting point in developing teaching units for Masters and MBA students. The material is not just useful to people in business schools, but to those involved in wider scale curriculum change, and those looking to make links between different disciplines (for example, how to teach system thinking, corporate peace-making and the crowdsourcing of sustainable solutions).

Online Teaching Notes to accompany each chapter are available on request with the purchase of the book.

Table of Contents


Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact

Zoe Robinson, Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University


1. The structure and purpose of this book
Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School

2. A new framework for embedding sustainability into the business school curriculum
Petra Molthan-Hill, Susan Hill and Carole Parkes

3. NEW: Exploring sustainability and your employability
Richard Howarth and Fiona Winfield

4. Integrating the three pillars of sustainability: Social, environmental and economic
Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Lina Erlandsson, Jessica Willats and Seraphina Brown

5. NEW: PRME, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals
Tabani Ndlovu

Embedding sustainability into core subjects

6. Sustainability reporting
Christian Herzig, and Biswaraj Ghosh

7. NEW: Designing sustainable business with the base of the pyramid   

Angelo P. Bisignano, Patricia H. Werhane and Michael Ehret

8. Environmental economics
Rosa Maria Fernandez

9. Human resources management: developing sustainability mindsets
Elaine Cohen and Daniel King

10. Sustainable marketing
Helen Goworek

11. NEW: Crowdsourcing for sustainable solutions
Lorinda Rowledge

12. Sustainable operations management
Maggie Zeng and Roy Sratton

13. Sustainable supply chain management
Lynn Oxborrow and Peter Lund-Thomsen

Adding core topics to the curriculum

14. Climate change and greenhouse gas management
Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Helen Puntha, Ellie Kennedy and Richard Holmes

15. Stakeholder engagement and corporate peacemaking
Natalie Ralph and Ellie Kennedy

Bringing it all together

16. Systems thinking and sustainable management
Néstor Valero-Silva

17. Developing sustainable responsible strategies in business 
Mathias Schuez

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PETRA MOLTHAN-HILL leads the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University, developing curricular and extra-curricular activities in Education for Sustainable Development. In 2016, Petra won the Sustainability Professional Award in the Green Gown Awards.


The focal text of our review is The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice, edited by Petra Molthan-Hill….We chose Molthan-Hill’s book due to its wide range of sustainability topics and its application to business disciplines.... The Business Student’s Guide is aimed at undergraduate business and management students. One of the book’s most important contributions is the discussion on how to embed sustainability in business schools. The book also offers information on a significant number of resources that could be used as a starting point either to blend into existing required traditional business courses or to develop within specialized electives.

M. Starik, P. Kanashiro and E. Collins (2017), Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 16, No. 3.

One of the first textbooks I have come across to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into its teaching material – excellent for both business students and students and lecturers from other disciplines, or for anyone who wants to contribute to a more sustainable future for all!

Walter Leal Filho, Head of Research and Transfer Centre, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice provides students and educators alike with a tangible guide to effectively and meaningfully embed sustainability across the curriculum. By addressing not only content but also creative pedagogical approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment the book ensures a high-quality experience for learners. I particularly appreciate the way it is designed to allow educators to pick it up and run with it, knowing that they can trust the high quality content of the seminars, whilst also enabling students to independently increase their understanding of how sustainability links to a particular topic within business. The world is in desperate need of business leaders who deeply understand sustainability and have the skills and determination to make a positive impact – this book will help to make that a reality!

Quinn Runkle, Senior Project Officer – Communities and Curriculum Department for Sustainability, National Union of Students, UK

This is an excellent and timely book. It is excellent because of the breadth and depth of coverage, the multiple ways in which it can be used to support different approaches to embedding sustainability in the curriculum, and the teaching and learning resources it provides. It is timely because of the way in which it integrates the Sustainable Development Goals, and so draws on and develops this new world agenda.

Geoff A. Moore, Professor of Business Ethics, Durham University, UK

We have a challenging and pressing journey to make in sustainability. Take this book with you - the "Sat Nav" of sustainable management.

Alison Edmonds, Director, Epic Steps CIC - building leadership, career awareness and social responsibility in our young generation.

Building on the impact of the first edition of The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management, this revised handbook is an invaluable resource for students and educators alike.  It includes a wide array of learning resources – overview essays, case examples, curricular supplements (film and print), reference lists, instructional guides available to faculty – to empower the business practitioner who recognizes the necessity for, and the opportunities of, sustainable management.

Mary C. Gentile, Creator/Director of Giving Voice To Values, University of Virginia Darden School of Business