The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management (Second Edition)

The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management (Second Edition)

Principles and Practice

Online Teaching Notes to accompany each chapter are available on request with the purchase of the book.

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management has become a core textbook for business undergraduates. With a full introduction to sustainable management, the textbook covers all subject areas relevant to business students.

This second edition features fully updated chapters on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into accounting, marketing, HR and other subjects in management and business studies. Furthermore, this second edition offers brand new chapters on how to teach the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in any business discipline, how to explore new business models designed to support sustainable development and how to crowdsource for sustainable solutions.

The book contains nearly 45 ready-made seminars/short workshops which enable teachers and students to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into every discipline in business, including economics, operations, marketing, HR, and financial reporting. Each chapter follows the same easy-to-use format.

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management  provides a true treasure chest of materials to support staff wanting to integrate sustainability into their teaching and provides support to effectively embed sustainability in the curriculum. The chapters also offer a starting point in developing teaching units for Masters and MBA students. The material is not just useful to people in business schools, but to those involved in wider scale curriculum change, and those looking to make links between different disciplines (for example, how to teach system thinking, corporate peace-making and the crowdsourcing of sustainable solutions).

One of the first textbooks I have come across to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into its teaching material – excellent for both business students and students and lecturers from other disciplines, or for anyone who wants to contribute to a more sustainable future for all!

Walter Leal Filho, Head of Research and Transfer Centre, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Like all students, business students (and their lecturers) have a choice to make: to use the opportunity of studying for a degree to become part of the solution or part of the problem. Migration, technology, climate change, resource depletion and other soaring megatrends make the latter career choice a deeply risky prospect for a recent graduate and one which every one of us – university managers, academics and executives – have a responsibility to avoid. This book will certainly help to become part of the solution.

Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC

The SDGs are the framework to make tangible our global common purpose for sustainable wellbeing. They should provide an umbrella that other key sustainability and management initiatives can map to. This edited book provides this mapping, against a broad range of management topics business schools can tackle. Furthermore, it gives practical and detailed examples of how a contribution to the SDGs might be achieved through the classroom. An invaluable multi- and inter-disciplinary resource for business schools beginning their paradigm shift and those already on the journey.

Victoria Hurth, Associate Professor in Marketing and Business Sustainability, Plymouth University

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice provides students and educators alike with a tangible guide to effectively and meaningfully embed sustainability across the curriculum. By addressing not only content but also creative pedagogical approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment the book ensures a high-quality experience for learners. Through the adoption of content and methods outlined in this book, graduates will be better equipped with the 21st century knowledge, skills, and attributes required to lead the business community to creating a better future for all. I particularly appreciate the way it is designed to allow educators to pick it up and run with it, knowing that they can trust the high quality content of the seminars, whilst also enabling students to independently increase their understanding of how sustainability links to a particular topic within business. The world is in desperate need of business leaders who deeply understand sustainability and have the skills and determination to make a positive impact – this book will help to make that a reality!

Quinn Runkle, Senior Project Officer – Communities and Curriculum Department for Sustainability, National Union of Students, UK

This is an excellent and timely book. It is excellent because of the breadth and depth of coverage, the multiple ways in which it can be used to support different approaches to embedding sustainability in the curriculum, and the teaching and learning resources it provides. It is timely because of the way in which it integrates the Sustainable Development Goals, and so draws on and develops this new world agenda. It is also timely because of the increasingly urgent need to tackle the very significant sustainability challenges facing the planet. If this generation of business students does not act swiftly and decisively in this regard as they progress through their careers, it will quite simply be too late. This book can play an important role in helping them to move in a sustainable direction.

Geoff A. Moore, Professor of Business Ethics, Durham University, UK

We have a challenging and pressing journey to make in sustainability. Take this book with you - the "Sat Nav" of sustainable management.

Alison Edmonds, Director, Epic Steps CIC - building leadership, career awareness and social responsibility in our young generation.

Building on the impact of the first edition of The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management, this revised handbook is an invaluable resource for students and educators alike.  It includes a wide array of learning resources – overview essays, case examples, curricular supplements (film and print), reference lists, instructional guides available to faculty – to empower the business practitioner who recognizes the necessity for, and the opportunities of, sustainable management. The impressive list of contributors insures that discussions are both practical and relevant across all the business functions. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of this book is its intention: that is, to provide a resource that not only enables faculty to teach about sustainability but also allows students to take control and responsibility for their own learning. In this way, the guide helps future managers to voice and enact their values effectively and responsibly in a world that sorely needs such confident and competent leaders.

Mary C. Gentile, Creator/Director of Giving Voice To Values, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The concept of sustainability is critical for graduates to understand the increasing complexity of the business reality of today and tomorrow. Equipping them with the necessary knowledge is a significant challenge for business education. This book is an important contribution towards this goal and shows how to embed the concept of sustainability throughout the business school curriculum. As a very applicable guide, it is useful for both interested educators and students.

Joris-Johann Lenssen, Managing Director, ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society


Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact

Zoe Robinson, Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University


1. The structure and purpose of this book 
Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School

2. A new framework for embedding sustainability into the business school curriculum
Petra Molthan-Hill, Susan Hill and Carole Parkes

3. NEW: Exploring sustainability and your employability 
Richard Howarth and Fiona Winfield

4. Integrating the three pillars of sustainability: Social, environmental and economic 
Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Lina Erlandsson, Jessica Willats and Seraphina Brown

5. NEW: PRME, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals
Tabani Ndlovu

Embedding sustainability into core subjects

6. Sustainability reporting 
Christian Herzig, and Biswaraj Ghosh

7. NEW: Designing sustainable business with the base of the pyramid    

Angelo P. Bisignano, Patricia H. Werhane and Michael Ehret

8. Environmental economics 
Rosa Maria Fernandez

9. Human resources management: developing sustainability mindsets
Elaine Cohen and Daniel King

10. Sustainable marketing 
Helen Goworek

11. NEW: Crowdsourcing for sustainable solutions
Lorinda Rowledge

12. Sustainable operations management 
Maggie Zeng and Roy Sratton

13. Sustainable supply chain management 
Lynn Oxborrow and Peter Lund-Thomsen

Adding core topics to the curriculum

14. Climate change and greenhouse gas management 
Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Helen Puntha, Ellie Kennedy and Richard Holmes

15. Stakeholder engagement and corporate peacemaking 
Natalie Ralph and Ellie Kennedy

Bringing it all together

16. Systems thinking and sustainable management 
Néstor Valero-Silva

17. Developing sustainable responsible strategies in business  
Mathias Schuez

PETRA MOLTHAN-HILL leads the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University, developing curricular and extra-curricular activities in Education for Sustainable Development. In 2016, Petra won the Sustainability Professional Award in the Green Gown Awards.

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