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Critical analysis of engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management: an overview of Brazilian higher education institutions

Tominaga, LKDG and Martins, VWB and Rampasso, IS and Anholon, R and Silva, D and Pinto, JS and Leal Filho, W and Lima Junior, FR (2020) Critical analysis of engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management: an overview of Brazilian higher education institutions. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 22 (2). pp. 380-403. ISSN 1467-6370

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Abstract

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: This paper aims to critically analyze the engineering education focused on sustainability in supply chain management, in courses offered by Brazilian higher education institutions. Design/methodology/approach: Topics related to sustainable supply chain management were listed from the literature and used as a framework to gather professors’ opinions on how well these topics are covered in engineering courses offered in Brazil. Data analysis was performed via frequency analysis and comparative ordering using the Fuzzy technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution technique. Findings: It was possible to evidence that most of the topics are superficially presented within other subjects and that there are few associated practical activities that enable greater learning. Comparatively, issues related to ISO standards (related to quality and environmental management systems) and compliance with environmental laws, regulations and standards were highlighted. Additionally, it was possible to verify that there is a need for further study on issues related to energy efficiency, worker training and corporate governance. Originality/value: No similar study was found in the literature. The findings presented in this paper can contribute to the improvement of engineering education in Brazil and other countries.

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