An analysis of sustainability integration in business school curricula: Evidence from korea

Hannah Jun, Seoyoung Moon

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Given the growing importance of corporate sustainability in the academic literature and in practice, this study investigates to what extent business schools in South Korea have been reflecting sustainability‐linked themes in the curriculum. Based on a review of 20,507 course syllabi from ten sample universities between 2013 and 2019, our findings show an increase in the absolute number and proportion of sustainability‐linked courses in Korean business schools, increasing from 12.9% of total courses in 2013 to 14.7% in 2019. The most prominent sustainability keywords were “ethics” and “corporate social responsibility,” with most courses reflecting sustainability keywords by allocating a few weeks to sustainability issues (sustainability‐inclusive) rather than sustainability serving as the major theme of the course (sustainability‐focused). In terms of degree program, sus-tainability‐linked courses accounted for nearly 15% of total courses at the undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA) levels, respectively, and just 7% of graduate (Master’s/Ph.D.) programs in Business Administration. While our findings suggest overall progress in incorporating sustainability themes in business schools, course offerings are fragmented and generally focus on a narrow concept of ethics rather than constituting a comprehensive curriculum that weaves sustain-ability throughout functional majors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2779
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

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  • Business school curriculum
  • Korea
  • Sustainabil-ity integration
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability education


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