Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy: The Oikos Collection

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 April 2008



(2008), "Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy: The Oikos Collection", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 9 No. 2.



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Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy: The Oikos Collection

Article Type: Books and resources From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 9, Issue 2.

Edited by Jost HamschmidtGreenleaf Publishing2007320 pp.ISBN 978-1-906093-01-3£25.00/37.50With the rapidly growing importance of sustainability and corporate responsibility in a globalised world, management schools are increasingly integrating long-term economic, environmental and social issues into their teaching and research. Climate change, poverty, labour standards and human rights are among the many topics that future decision-makers will need to face in their careers. Business education needs to reflect this new reality and provide a broadened understanding of value creation in order to create economic capital while developing social and preserving natural capital. Many sustainability trends also offer interesting new business opportunities that are ripe for entrepreneurial thinking.

Case studies can be important tools for creating learning processes on different levels students are forced to struggle with exactly the kinds of decisions and dilemmas managers confront every day. In this reflection of reality, the values and goals of the student are systematically challenged. This can be especially valuable in the context of sustainability and strategy organisations are now continually forced to value the different aspects of sustainability and their interrelations: how do social issues impact the economic bottom line? How can an environmentally sound strategy create a positive impact on employee motivation and thus have measurable impact on economic performance? What comes first and why?

This innovative collection has been produced to fill this gap. It is based on the winning cases of an annual competition organised by Oikos the international student organization for sustainable economics and management. So what makes an excellent case in sustainability management? These cases have been highly praised because they provide excellent learning opportunities, tell engaging stories, deal with recent situations, include quotations from key actors, are thought-provoking and controversial, require decision making, provide clear take-aways and are all supported by teaching guidance and comprehensive teaching notes available to faculty.

This review was previously published in IJSHE Volume 9 Issue 1 2008 and subsequently in MEQ Volume 19 Issue 2 2008.

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