The development of sustainable practices in complex organizations : Implications and potentials for integration into the accounting curriculum, Prof. Seleshi Sisaye
Prof. Seleshi Sisaye
Plaumbo-Donahue School of Business
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to document the integration of sustainability into the accounting curriculum. Compared to many disciplines in the social and administrative sciences, the greening of the curriculum in accounting is a recent phenomenon. Nevertheless, there has been a remarkable growth in both the content and the coverage of sustainability topics integrated into the accounting curriculum.
Design/methodology/approach: The approach to the paper is multidisciplinary. It has combined organizational sociology and ecological anthropology approaches in the integration of sustainability into the accounting curriculum. In accounting, there is an increasing emphasis on the application of social science perspectives, particularly sociology and anthropology in curriculum development and pedagogical issues. This paper demonstrates that the influence of these two disciplines in accounting education is substantial.
Findings: Sustainability in accounting has both theoretical and practical implications. Theoretically, sustainability has integrated social and environmental dimensions into accounting education and research. Sustainability reporting contains information on the economic, social, and environmental activities of business organizations. In practice, sustainability has influenced the accounting standard-setting organizations in developing guidelines on how to integrate sustainability into corporate reports so that the information can be verified and certified by public accounting and regulatory organizations.
Originality/value: The paper is among the first to demonstrate the importance of organizational sociology and ecological anthropology for the integration of sustainability into the accounting curriculum. Both sociology and anthropology have been in the forefront of the study of ecology and natural resources management and conservation in sustainability development. The paper approaches have important implications for sustainability education and framework in accounting theory and research.
Keywords: Sustainability; Sustainable development; Accounting.
Citation: Sisaye, S. (2013), "The development of sustainable practices in complex organizations : Implications and potentials for integration into the accounting curriculum", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 223-245. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-01-2013-0010