Quotation Cincera, Jan, Biberhofer, Petra, Binka, Bohuslav, Boman, Johan, Mindt, Lisa, Rieckmann, Marco. 2018. Designing a sustainability-driven entrepreneurship curriculum as a social learning process: A case study from an international knowledge alliance project. Journal of Cleaner Production. 172 4357-4366.




Integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education curricula requires innovative ideas and approaches how to combine educational, sustainability and disciplinary knowledge, skills, experiences, and motivations. Curriculum developers are challenged to be open to new concepts in their discipline regarding what should be taught and how it can be taught to facilitate learning processes to prepare students for shaping a sustainable future. The European project Competencies for A Sustainable socio-Economic development (CASE) follows a participatory, inter- and transdisciplinary approach to design a Master's program on sustainability-driven entrepreneurship. This study presents an analysis of the social learning process that has taken place in the interdisciplinary, intercultural CASE team during the participatory development process of the new Master's program. The methodological design of the study is based on qualitative, participative evaluation research. The process of learning is discussed based on how the group reflected on and developed their action theories on how to design a supportive learning environment in which a Master's program with innovative scopes and goals can be created. The findings highlight the importance of sharing and processing the experiences, mental models and interpretations concerning concepts, ideas, perspectives and new input within the group. This seems crucial for developing the capacity of the group to bring together diverse knowledge and perspectives for innovative, feasible solutions and ideas as well as to cooperate and collaborate effectively as a team.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Designing a sustainability-driven entrepreneurship curriculum as a social learning process: A case study from an international knowledge alliance project
Volume 172
Year 2018
Page from 4357
Page to 4366
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.05.051
Open Access N


Competencies for a sustainable Socio Economic development
Biberhofer, Petra (Former researcher)
Binka, Bohuslav (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
Boman, Johan (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Cincera, Jan (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
Mindt, Lisa (University of Vechta, Germany)
Rieckmann, Marco (University of Vechta, Germany)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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