Simulation-based measurement and validation of a competence model for sustainability management


The co-operative project Ko-NaMa aims at the validation of a multidimensional competency model for sustainability management. A total of three test components is to be implemented: (1) a test aiming at the measurement of declarative knowledge in the domain of sustainability management, (2) a test assessing declarative and procedural knowledge in business administration, aiming primarily at economic concepts and corresponding efficiency-geared decision-making, and (3) a complex simulation-based test, in which authentic business situations related to problems of sustainability are represented. In addition, several validation studies are projected which are intended to provide empirical evidence substantiating the underlying competency model. These studies comprise analyses examining the curricular validity of assessments in the tertiary sector, the significance of the measured competencies for making decisions, as well as the corresponding construct validity. In the context of an intervention study involving the application of a specific training component for sustainability management in three locations, the effects of specific learning opportunities are to be investigated. Control groups are to be recruited among students from locations, where learning opportunities concerning sustainability management are provided either based on a general societal perspective or by way of integrating them into existing modules in the field of business administration.

Aims and Research Questions

Within the co-operative project Ko-NaMa, three aims are pursued: 1. validation of a competency model for sustainability management, 2. implementation and evaluation of a pertinent intervention, 3. analysis of variables influencing the emergence and development of respective competencies.

Project data

Project management:
Prof. Dr. Susan Seeber (Georg-August-University of Göttingen) Prof. Dr. Johannes Hartig (German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Frankfurt)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Dierkes (Georg-August-University of Göttingen) Prof. Dr. Matthias Schumann (Georg-August-University of Göttingen)
Prof. Dr. Susan Seeber Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Department of Business Education and Human Resource Development Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5; 37073 Göttingen Fon: +49 (0) 551 39 4421 E-Mail: susan.seeber@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de
Januar 2016 – Dezember 2018