Addressing the business‐sustainability nexus in postgraduate education

Wendy Stubbs (School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Clayton, Australia)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Publication date: 4 January 2013



The purpose of this paper is to present a pedagogical approach for designing a coursework curriculum that aims to meet the growing need for skilled professionals that have competencies in both business and sustainability, and that understand the nexus between the two.


The paper uses a pedagogical approach discussed in the education for sustainability literature to analyse the CESM program. The pedagogical approach focuses on developing students' knowledge, skills and attitudes (behaviours) in sustainability.


The Knowledge‐Skills‐Attitudes (KSA) framework is a suitable pedagogical approach to guide the design of sustainability management education programs that prepare students for systemic organizational change. A KSA approach to designing sustainability management education curricula can also address the criticisms of current business management curricula by other scholars.


The discussion of the MCESM program in this article provides guidance to faculty on one approach to creating sustainability‐centric business curricula and may provide a catalyst for sharing learning experiences in integrating sustainability into existing business curricula. It may also provide some ideas for developing new programs that address the business and sustainability nexus.



Stubbs, W. (2013), "Addressing the business‐sustainability nexus in postgraduate education", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 25-41.

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