Metaphors of Nature and Economic Development: Critical Education for Sustainable Business

Kopnina, Helen (2014) Metaphors of Nature and Economic Development: Critical Education for Sustainable Business. Sustainability, 6 (11). pp. 7496-7513. ISSN 2071-1050

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Neoliberal discourse often conceptualizes nature in relation to its market utility and economic development. This article will address the role of metaphors in shaping neoliberal discourse in business education. The aim of this article is to reveal reasoning patterns about environmental problems and economic development in students of sustainable business minor. The case study described in this article involves business students at The Hague University in The Netherlands. This case study aimed to explore a shift in student understanding of environmental problems and economic development before and after the intervention. The results suggest that critical curriculum can inform students about the alternative conceptions as well as instruct them about potential solutions to the sustainability challenges. The article culminates with the argument that without goal-oriented education for sustainability; neoliberal education may not permit transcendence from unsustainable practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business education, Circular economy, Education for sustainable development (ESD), Metaphors, Neoliberalism
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N500 Marketing
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 15:30

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