Sustaining inner and outer worlds: A whole-systems approach to developing sustainable business practices in management

Hilary Bradbury-Huang

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Sustainability issues are not just “out there” in the external environment. In approaching the issue of sustainability, students benefit from questioning what is it that sustains their own lives, the lives of those they care about, and the organizations in which they work. If encouraged to do this, students become better systems thinkers as they link their external and internal worlds. This article presents some clarification of the concept and practices associated with sustainable development and describes numerous class exercises to help management students move sustainable development into their own sphere of attention and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Management Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • action research
  • change management
  • natural environment
  • sustainability
  • systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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