Increasing Sustainability Engagement Using Experiential Pedagogies in Socially Responsible Supply Chain Management Education

By Erin Grogan and Stephen Morris.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review

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With the rapidly increasing world population, climate change, and diminishing resources, sustainability issues have been at the forefront of economic concerns. Business education can be oriented to incorporate sustainability into business operations and supply chain management. This paper discusses the use of experiential learning pedagogies in increasing student engagement for teaching socially responsible supply chain management. We argue that experiential methods are more effective in increasing synthesis and retention of complex models that can be applied to practical supply chain problems. We formulate a model where students can practice and evaluate their awareness of social responsibility as it relates to design of goods and services, quality, process strategy, inventory, and supplier relationships. This would be further demonstrated by using analytical methods that include forecasting demand, creating sales strategy scenarios, and tracking inventory to document real-life trade-offs of sustainability practices. Students are asked not only to document their practices but also why they chose those practices.

Keywords: Sustainability Engagement, Experiential Pedagogy, Socially Responsible Supply Chain Management

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 12, December 2016, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 8, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.695KB)).

Erin Grogan

Adjunct Faculty, Director of Finance, School of Management, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Stephen Morris

Associate Professor, Department of Business Analytics and Information Systems, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA