Addressing Sustainability in Education About Standardisation—Lessons from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

  • Henk J. de VriesEmail author
Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)


This chapter describes the development of the curriculum of an academic course on standardisation management integrated in an innovation management masters at a business school. In turns out that the systematic way of designing this curriculum automatically leads to inclusion of sustainability aspects: most of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals get attention. This makes the chapter relevant not only for developing standardisation courses but also for integration of standardisation in sustainability courses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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