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Sustainability Centres and Fit: How Centres Work to Integrate Sustainability Within Business Schools

Slager, Rieneke; Pouryousefi, Sareh; Moon, Jeremy; Schoolman, Ethan D.


Rieneke Slager

Sareh Pouryousefi

Jeremy Moon

Ethan D. Schoolman


For nearly as long as the topic of sustainable business has been taught and researched in business schools, proponents have warned about barriers to genuine integration in business school practices. This article examines how academic sustainability centres try to overcome barriers to integration by achieving technical, cultural and political fit with their environment (Ansari, Fiss, & Zajac, 2010). Based on survey and interview data, we theorise that technical, cultural and political fit are intricately related, and that these interrelations involve legitimacy, resources and collaboration effects. Our findings about sustainability centres offer novel insights on integrating sustainable business education given the interrelated nature of different types of fit and misfit. We further contribute to the literature on fit by highlighting that incompatibility between strategies to achieve different types of fit may act as a source of dynamism.


Slager, R., Pouryousefi, S., Moon, J., & Schoolman, E. D. (2020). Sustainability Centres and Fit: How Centres Work to Integrate Sustainability Within Business Schools. Journal of Business Ethics, 161, 375–391.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 11, 2018
Publication Date 2020-01
Deposit Date Jun 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 8, 2020
Journal Journal of Business Ethics
Print ISSN 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN 1573-0697
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 161
Pages 375–391
Keywords Sustainable business education; Academic centres; Fit
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