Assessing sustainability orientations of first year university students
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Scientific › peer-review
|Title of host publication||79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||Symposium on Reported Impacts of Sustainability in Management Education and Engagement, August 9-13, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Publisher||Academy of Management|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Aug 2019|
|Publication type||A4 Article in a conference publication|
|Event||Academy of Management Annual Meeting - |
Duration: 31 Oct 2019 → …
|Name||Academy of management proceedings|
|Conference||Academy of Management Annual Meeting|
|Period||31/10/19 → …|
In order for universities to be able to develop and adjust their courses and teaching methods to better support the sustainability and ethical education of university students, the status and levels of sustainability and ethical standards among freshman students need to be measured and analyzed. The objective of our research is to study do first year university students already consider sustainability and ethical aspects when assessing the business environment and opportunities in the markets. The authors intend to develop a sustainability assessment tool and determine whether entrepreneurship courses support sustainable and responsible thinking in university education by measuring the opinion of students using a self-assessment questionnaire.
The development of the sustainability assessment tool is based on existing measures on students’ sustainability and ethical commitment supported by the works of Buil et al. (2016) and De Clercq & Dakhli (2009). The data were collected at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. The findings indicate that first year students already acknowledge the need for taking into account sustainability, and that it is important for business initiatives to be both socially and environmentally responsible. In addition, this study shows that the sustainability orientations of students in different engineering disciplines do not vary significantly from each other. Thus, the sustainability assessment tool developed in this study has been tested and found to be coherent among students in different engineering disciplines. Even though the data set is rather limited, it encourages further research.