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University accounting and business curricula on sustainability: Perceptions of undergraduate students

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dc.contributor.author Sharma, Umesh Prasad
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-07T00:22:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-07T00:22:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Sharma, U. & Kelly, M. (2012). Paper presented at the Sixth New Zealand Management Accounting Conference, 22-23 November 2012, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. en_NZ
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6935
dc.description.abstract The challenge to embed sustainability in the formal curriculum has been troublesome for accounting academics. This study investigates sustainability in the accounting curriculum at a regional university in New Zealand. Sustainability practices are becoming an important issue given that many business activity problems have arisen over the years, unsustainable practices have resulted in societal and environmental damages. There has been an increasing recognition of the need for sustainability teaching in tertiary education. Education plays an important role in equipping graduates with the relevant sustainability skills to make informed decisions towards a more sustainable world. There is a need to examine how students respond to the teaching of sustainability in their courses. This will allow education providers to find out how student perceive sustainability education, and make changes to improve the teaching of sustainability. Literatures have claimed that students have positive attitudes towards sustainability; however, this does not mean that students are familiar with the concept of sustainability. There are business students who seem to perceive the study of sustainability to be less important when compared to other subjects. There still seems to be a shortage of research done on how students perceive sustainability. This paper contributes to the discussion needed to understand what sustainability skills are required by managers and how tertiary education programs in accounting may need to incorporate sustainability. The role of accounting schools in leading and managing change towards sustainability must be further informed. en_NZ
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.uri http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/departments/school-accountancy/nzma-conference-2012/nzma-conference-2012_home.cfm en_NZ
dc.rights Copyright 2012 The Authors en_NZ
dc.subject accounting en_NZ
dc.subject tertiary education en_NZ
dc.subject sustainability en_NZ
dc.title University accounting and business curricula on sustainability: Perceptions of undergraduate students en_NZ
dc.type Conference Contribution en_NZ


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