Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

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Accreditation Schemes and Sustainable Development in Management Education

  • Mathias FalkensteinEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_371-1


Although accreditations are not the only factor that determines what business schools believe, do, and become, it certainly is an important shaper of the direction in which they find their way forward in the face of the twenty-first-century management education imperatives (Harvey 2004; Hedmo et al. 2001; Prøitz et al. 2004; Lindstrom and Word 2007). Because of their relevance and impact in management education, this entry focuses on international business accreditations EQUIS and AACSB.


The cross-border reputation of higher education institutions is established through a two-stage filtering system, with international accreditations providing access while acting as “certifiers” and international rankings defining the relative competitive position. The interrelations between accreditation and higher education become especially evident in the field of business and management education. A variety of mandatory accreditations (national) as well as voluntary...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher Education Management GroupBerlinGermany
  2. 2.School of ManagementInternational Centre for Higher Education Management, University of BathBathUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK