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Leadership and Educational Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities


Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Guest Editors:

Dr. Anugamini P Srivastava, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune, India srivastavaanu0@gmail.com

Dr. Manish Gupta, ICFAI Business school, Hyderabad, India, manish.gupta.research@gmail.com

Dr. Mohit Yadav, O.P. Jindal Global University, India, mohitaug@gmail.com

Dr. Santosh Rangnekar, Indian Institute of Technology, India, srangnekar1@gmail.com

About the special issue

The term ‘educational sustainability’ refers to the development of strategies which can enable development of curricula, pedagogy and extra-curricular activities in educational institutions (Shriberg, 2002). Such strategies tend to allow development of values, skill and knowledge among students for sustainable development.

This topic has drawn the attention of the scholars; although, how to implement sustainability strategies in educational institution is still a challenge. Continuous initiatives are taken to encourage optimum utilization of resources for sustainable future. Although majority of the institutions stick to their traditional approach and depend on Newtonian reductionist and Cartesian mechanistic paradigms (Tapia-Fonllem et al., 2017). Due to this, many institutions are lagging behind and are failing to become more sustainable on one hand and meet international standards in the long run on the other hand (Gavle et al.,2014; Velazquez, Munguia and Sanchez, 2005). Therefore, there is a need for the researchers to come up with innovative leadership ideas and make institution sustainable leaders and change drivers. It is needed to connect the present and future generations with “Golden Thread” of sustainable development all across the educational system. This can make academicians more professional and encourage them to effectively educate students of “all ages” (Ferrer-Balas, et al., 2014; Arjen & Wals Bob 2002).

Sustainability is becoming one of the topics which are drawing the attention of interdisciplinary scholars. Researchers are coming up with different qualitative and quantitative studies on sustainability. Similarly, most of the journals have orientation towards environmental and social sustainability. There is a need for the studies to evaluate the effect of leadership like spiritual leadership, ethical leadership, authentic leadership and others to maintain the sustainability of the organizations along with promoting internationalization. Velazquez (2005) showed that the sustainability plans fail due to several individual and organizational level factors such as less awareness, focus on self-interest, low administrative support, fewer opportunity to communicate and inform each other, refusal to learn to change and profit orientation.

Similarly, Barth et al., (2007) argued that it is difficult to foster sustainability by adopting conventional style of discipline-based approach which emphasizes on transferring knowledge without covering practical insights. To reap greater profit, most of the educational institutions are increasing their number of seats and fee on one hand and compromising on the quality of education and infrastructure on the other hand (Findlow and Hayes, 2016). Indeed, lack of strategies for sustaining has led to the closure of several higher education institutions (Gupta and Acharya, 2018). Poor vision for future, mismanagement, dearth of creativity, risk taking, and innovativeness in the organization, poor HR policies, and lack of trustworthy work environment are the responsible factors to name a few (Gupta and Acharya, 2018).

This shutting-down of educational institutions not only affects the students’ career but also affects the future of the society. Therefore, there is a need for the researchers to come up with innovative leadership ideas and make sustainable leaders and change drivers. It is needed to connect the present and future generations with “Golden Thread” of sustainable development all across the educational system. This can make academicians more professional and encourage them to effectively educate students of “all ages” (Ferrer-Balas et al., 2014; Arjen & Wals Bob 2002).

To address this concern, this special issue is proposed to invite scholars to submit their research work to explore the leadership related challenges and opportunities that affect the sustainability of higher education institutions. Thus, we believe that a special volume on this topic will provide a common place to publish recent innovative work in the field and will provide a shift from the conventional studies. There are two main purposes of this special issue. The first purpose is to know the factors that affect the sustainability of primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. The second purpose is to understand the possible impact of various leadership styles on internationalization and sustainability of educational institutions.

Aims

There are two main purposes of this special issue. The first purpose is to know the factors that affect the sustainability of primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. The second purpose is to understand the possible impact of various leadership styles on internationalization and sustainability of educational institutions.

Anticipated Themes

Empirical papers (fully developed qualitative or quantitative papers) on the following or related topics are welcome:

• Individual level factors affecting sustainability of educational institutions

• Organizational level factors affecting sustainability in education institutions

• Leadership and educational sustainability

• Creativity, innovativeness, and risk-taking ability

• Ethics, leadership and sustainability

• Internationalization and sustainability

• Ethical issues in sustainability

• Leadership issues in managing sustainability of education institutions

• Teaching and educational sustainability

• Leadership and internationalization

• Best practices in leadership and sustainability of educational institution

• Performance management and sustainability of education

• Need for sustainable measures