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Critical analysis of engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management: an overview of Brazilian higher education institutions

Leonardo Keiti de Godoy Tominaga (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Vitor William Batista Martins (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil and Department of Production Engineering, State University of Pará, Pedreira, Brazil)
Izabela Simon Rampasso (PNPD/CAPES Program, Doctoral Program in Sustainable Management Systems, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Rosley Anholon (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Dirceu Silva (Faculty of Education, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Jefferson Souza Pinto (Federal Institute of Education Science and Technology of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil and School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Walter Leal Filho (Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, HAMBURG, Germany)
Francisco Rodrigues Lima Junior (Federal University of Technology – Parana, Londrina, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 31 December 2020

Issue publication date: 22 January 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to critically analyze the engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management, in courses offered by Brazilian higher education institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

Topics related to sustainable supply chain management were listed from the literature and used as a framework to gather professors’ opinions on how well these topics are covered in engineering courses offered in Brazil. Data analysis was performed via frequency analysis and comparative ordering using the Fuzzy technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution technique.

Findings

It was possible to evidence that most of the topics are superficially presented within other subjects and that there are few associated practical activities that enable greater learning. Comparatively, issues related to ISO standards (related to quality and environmental management systems) and compliance with environmental laws, regulations and standards were highlighted. Additionally, it was possible to verify that there is a need for further study on issues related to energy efficiency, worker training and corporate governance.

Originality/value

No similar study was found in the literature. The findings presented in this paper can contribute to the improvement of engineering education in Brazil and other countries.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) 307536/2018-1; and 311530/2018-4; the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001; process 88887.464433/2019-00; and Universidade do Estado do Pará (UEPA) 626/18.

Citation

Tominaga, L.K.d.G., Martins, V.W.B., Rampasso, I.S., Anholon, R., Silva, D., Pinto, J.S., Leal Filho, W. and Lima Junior, F.R. (2021), "Critical analysis of engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management: an overview of Brazilian higher education institutions", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 380-403. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-01-2020-0002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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