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Including SDGs in the education of globally responsible leaders

Norman de Paula Arruda Filho (ISAE Brazilian Business School, Higher Institute of Administration and Economics, Curitiba, Brazil)
Marcia Cassitas Hino (ISAE Brazilian Business School, Higher Institute of Administration and Economics, Curitiba, Brazil)
Barbara Sueli Przybylowicz Beuter (ISAE Brazilian Business School, Higher Institute of Administration and Economics, Curitiba, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to contribute to the discussion of the role of education in developing a new mindset for sustainability leadership by analyzing a project of a Brazilian business school that implemented a sustainability training module regarding the UN 2030 Agenda. Considering the purpose of signatory school of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, this analysis reflects on the student capacities to become sustainable future value generators for business and society in general.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is characterized as a quantitative research whose strategy is the investigation between variables to understand the learning evolution of the study participants in each of the topics addressed in the training module. The research has a positivist approach that explores data using statistical methods to detect possible behavior patterns in the analyzed data volume, based on secondary data sourced from the questionnaire that validated student knowledge at the beginning and end of the class.

Findings

The data show a considerable impact of education in developing a new mindset for sustainability leadership as there is a big variation students’ average knowledge of the themes that made up the sustainability mindset suggesting that the students’ exposure to the content in the school environment helps increase their knowledge.

Originality/value

This paper fulfills the need to understand the effectiveness of the creation of specific modules of sustainability for students from different areas of activity.

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Citation

Arruda Filho, N.d.P., Hino, M.C. and Przybylowicz Beuter, B.S. (2019), "Including SDGs in the education of globally responsible leaders", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 856-870. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0032

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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