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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).

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This book may interest you if you’re an academic or business professional looking for an accessible read on the subject of bioinspiration.  You could probably get through it with a couple hours on a plane or train.  It’s also an ideal length textbook for a week-long course on the subject and is currently being used as a supplemented text for a longer 10-week master’s level course entitled “Nature-Inspired Innovation and Design” offered through Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.  A preview is available on Google Books:

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Article by OPEN Strategic Advisor Steve Waddell in Stanford Social Innovation Review Spring 2018 edition.

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Sustainable Development: three new books

Three new books have just been published as part of the World Sustainability Series, and provide a welcome addition to the
international literature on sustainable development:

1. Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research
Edited by Walter Leal Filho
Springer, Berlin, January 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-63007-6, 991 pages
Provides tangible examples from various countries of how
the link between sustainable development and research may be pursued.
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2. Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development
Edited by     Walter Leal Filho, Mark Mifsud, Paul Pace
Springer, Berlin, January 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-63534-7, 376 pages
Provides concrete examples from various countries of how the
link between lifelong learning and sustainable development was successfully
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3. Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research
Edited by Walter Leal Filho, Robert Marans, John Callewaert
Springer, Berlin, January 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-67122-2, 485 pages
Presents an overview of  projects and methodologies in the
key area of sustainability and social sciences research.
Details at:

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