Sustainability and ethics : the perception and relevance for current and future managers.
Chibarabada, Kundai Victoria.
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Sustainability and Ethics are topics that have increasingly become key across modern organisations. Sustainability is a priority interest for many organisations as the world’s resources are at threat if organisations do not take responsibility for ensuring that they utilize resources sparingly, preserving scarce resources for future generations. Business schools have incorporated the need of business organisations into the curriculum in line with current business requirements. The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme is a management education qualification that is ideal for people wishing to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge across the entire spectrum of modern management. MBA studies feed into the running of today’s organisations hence not only does their curriculum matter to business but also the level of understanding, concept application and practicality of learning. These affect the body of knowledge that MBA’s apply or must apply in their respective organisations. It is therefore important to determine if MBA students are implementing their learning in their organisations as they represent the current and future managers. However individuals have different perceptions and would have varied opinions of the relevance of their learning to business practice. The primary purpose of this study was to determine if current and future managers are contributing towards sustainability and ethics in their organisations based on their learning. This exploratory study sought to address in particular the understanding of subjects of sustainability, ethics and related topics, the perceptions of future managers and the relevance of the MBA programme based on student perceptions. An outline questionnaire was designed to examine various aspects of the topics of sustainability and ethics as well as the MBA students’ perceptions of other aspects of the curriculum. A non-probability purposive sample of 100 current MBA students was obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Graduate School of Business and Leadership. The salient findings of this study show that there is a gap between student perceptions on topics of sustainability and ethics and implementation of their learning in their organisations. The study found that though MBA students have an understanding of the meaning of sustainability and ethics and understand the relevance for their organisations there is need for managers to focus on implementation of their learning.