Special Issue "Sustainable Business and Management Education"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francisco Díez-Martín
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Economics, Rey Juan Carlos University, Paseo de los Artilleros S/N, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Interests: organizational legitimacy; sustainability; management; education; strategy, entrepreneurship; institutionalization; gender equality
Dr. Alicia Blanco-Gonzalez
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Economics, Rey Juan Carlos University, Paseo de los Artilleros S/N, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Interests: organizational legitimacy; sustainability; marketing; education; gender equality; institutionalization; entrepreneurship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scarcity of resources and the way we use them has triggered social interest in sustainability. Institutions and academics are concentrating their efforts to solve these problems. However, there is still a long way to go for achieving sustainable development.

To go through this path, the involvement of the most influential actors is necessary. In this line, some key actors are companies and business schools. On the one hand, while some companies act as catalysts for technologies and green consumption, others create barriers to their implementation and development because they understand that their application does not particularly benefit them. On the other hand, business schools are key institutions for training students and entrepreneurs in the creation and management of sustainable businesses. However, business schools still face multiple challenges related to the preparation of students, the development of sustainability research, the preparation of their faculty, and the relationship with companies and society [1].

This Special Issue aims to advance in this line through contributions on the relationship between Sustainable Business and Management Education. In this context, there are still numerous issues in which progress must be made: Are we teaching how to create and manage sustainable businesses? [2] Does the university curriculum take into account the characteristics that determine sustainable businesses? [3,4] What are the skills and abilities that enable the emergence of sustainable businesses? [5] How are the skills and abilities that encourage this type of business being taught? How should the curriculum of university courses be to promote sustainable businesses? [6] Are sustainable businesses legitimized within students and entrepreneurs? What can business schools do to legitimize this relationship? What are the teaching methodologies that favor sustainable business development? Are business schools governed by the principles of sustainability?

This Special Issue is focused on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Sustainable business and management education
  • Managerial skills and capabilities for sustainable businesses
  • Attitudes toward sustainable business
  • Teaching methodologies for sustainable businesses development
  • Sustainability and sustainable businesses’ legitimacy
  • Sustainable businesses archetypes education
  • Green marketing and sustainable business
  • Higher education curricula for sustainable businessees’ development
  • Business schools and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship education and sustainable business


  1. Dyllick, T. Responsible management education for a sustainable world. J. Manag. Dev. 2015, 34, 16–33.
  2. Joyce, A.; Paquin, R.L. The triple layered business model canvas: A tool to design more sustainable business models. J. Clean. Prod. 2016, 135, 1474–1486.
  3. Bocken, N.M.P.; Short, S.W.; Rana, P.; Evans, S. A literature and practice review to develop sustainable business model archetypes. J. Clean. Prod. 2014, 65, 42–56.
  4. Stubbs, W.; Cocklin, C. Teaching sustainability to business students: Shifting mindsets. Int. J. Sustain. High. Educ. 2008, 9, 206–221.
  5. Karlusch, A.; Sachsenhofer, W.; Reinsberger, K. Educating for the development of sustainable business models: Designing and delivering a course to foster creativity. J. Clean. Prod. 2018, 179, 169–179.
  6. Landrum, N.E.; Ohsowski, B. Content trends in sustainable business education: an analysis of introductory courses in the USA. Int. J. Sustain. High. Educ. 2017, 18, 385–414.

Dr. Francisco Díez-Martín
Dr. Alicia Blanco-Gonzalez
Guest Editors

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  • Management education
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable education
  • Sustainable Business
  • Higher education
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Business Schools
  • University curricula
  • Skills
  • Capabilities
  • Green consumer
  • Green production

Published Papers

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