Development of MBA with specialisation in sustainable development

Azlan Amran (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Siti Nabiha Abdul Khalid (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Hasnah Haron (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Publication date: 13 July 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of the Graduate School of Business at Univeristi Sains Malaysia (USM) in developing the new MBA programme, specialising in sustainable development.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes the urgency for a source of education for sustainable development, particularly in the Malaysian business context. The justifications and rationale for incorporating sustainability issues in postgraduate business education is also described in this paper. Additionally, the process involved in developing the programme is also explained.

Findings

This is the first programme of its kind in Malaysia. USM, which aims to be a sustainability led university, has introduced many significant changes. One of the significant initiatives is to develop an MBA programme that specialises in sustainable development. This programme aims to be the catalyst for changes to sustainability from the business context. The whole process appeared to gain support from the University community with less bureaucratic challenges than were anticipated.

Practical implications

This paper provides various examples and ideas for others on how to promote sustainable development for the business community, with a focus on the contribution that can be made by a University.

Originality/value

This is the first effort contribution to the education for sustainable development for business in a less developed country.

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Citation

Amran, A., Nabiha Abdul Khalid, S., Abdul Razak, D. and Haron, H. (2010), "Development of MBA with specialisation in sustainable development", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 260-273. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676371011058550

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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