What is it about?

The aim is to support teachers in higher education to develop learning outcomes within sustainability education, while integrating entrepreneurship competencies. We carried out a systematic literature review of literature published in the last 19 years within the themes of entrepreneurship and sustainability education in higher education. We combined the power of automated topic modeling methods (bibliometric and text mining software) with a synthesis of key topics in the context they are used in the literature. After classifying the topics in categories we identified commonalities in both domains (entrepreneurship education and education for sustainability), we propose a teaching framework and suggest some practical steps to develop courses.

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Why is it important?

Our results claim to collaborate to increase entrepreneurial-orientation in sustainability education, providing a description of the educational focus, teaching-learning approaches, main themes, and external collaboration. These results contribute to the sustainability education literature by integrating the development of entrepreneurship competences into interdisciplinary programs. The framework could also be used as a practical guide for designing courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, that integrate both sustainability and entrepreneurship.


This was a special research to work on. It departed from a very practical need, as both co-authors collaborate in a joint project funded by the Norwegian Agency for the Internationalization of Higher Education (DIKU), thus we needed to develop a teaching framework for a future course.

Dr Roberto Rivas Hermann
Nord Universitet

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This page is a summary of: Bringing an entrepreneurial focus to sustainability education: A teaching framework based on content analysis, Journal of Cleaner Production, October 2019, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119038.
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