Looking back, thinking forward
Without a doubt, business schools have been a success story in higher education over the last 50 years (the period of EFMD’s existence). Even so, they have come under scrutiny, and attack, over their academic legitimacy and value proposition for business and society.Read More
Why management history matters…
The economic crisis has prompted many to call for a greater emphasis on studying the history of business and management. Morgen Witzel looks at the lessons that could be learned and why they are so important.Read More
What does business want from business schools?
Sir Richard Lambert suggests four key issues. What does business want from business schools? The answer is: “exactly what it has always wanted” – great graduates and relevant ideas.Read More
Top rank Della Bradshaw interview
The Financial Times’s Della Bradshaw tells George Bickerstaffe that people need to be more relaxed about business school rankings. She has been called the most important woman in management education – and occasionally other, much less flattering, things.Read More
Can business schools rescue business?
Did business schools cause the economic crisis? No, says Gerard van Schaik, but they have a key role in determining what comes next.Read More
Does the DNA of business schools need to change?
Arnoud De Meyer argues for a new approach to meet new challenges – transforming business schools into ‘Schools for Business.’ The last ten years have been a golden era for business schools. But I am convinced we have reached a watershed.Read More
A future for business education: Why business as usual is bad business
Chris Pitelis calls for a re-imagining of business education and business schools so they can help build a better and brighter future.Read More
Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO of EFMD, analyses the complex issues faced by Europe’s higher education sector, particularly business schools.Read More
The Bologna effect: The emerging European masters market
Gordon Shenton and Patrice Houdayer describe how the Bologna process, along with European-specific accreditation and ranking systems, is revolutionising the European ‘market’ in Masters degrees and giving it global competitiveness.Read More
A sustainable model for business schools?
Kai Peters and Howard Thomas argue that the current business model of business schools is financially unstable and probably unsustainable.Read More
The business of business schools
Kai Peters, Howard Thomas and Rick Smith suggest that while much has been written about business schools from historical and critical perspectives not enough has emerged from an additional viewpoint – the lens of the business of business schools.Read More
Needed: academic triathletes
Santiago Iñiguez argues that what business schools need today is multi-faceted and well-rounded faculty. When the Olympic Games were founded in Ancient Greece sometime during the eighth century BC, the king of sports was the Pentathlon.Read More
Assessing academics’ performance
Is it time for a change in faculty recruitment and promotion practices? Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger describes how, and why, business schools need to take into account multiple aspects of performance.Read More
Scholarly impact and the co-production hypothesis
How can we make academic research into management more relevant to practitioners? Andrew Pettigrew has some suggestions.Read More
Impact: Is it enough just to talk about it?
Michel Kalika and Gordon Shenton explain why business schools not only talk about impact but are learning how to do a better job of assessing it.Read More
Real learning, real impact
Jean-François Manzoni explores an international business school’s experience with the EFMD Business School Impact System.Read More
How being embedded in your region helps growth
Thomas Bieger explains how the University of St.Gallen used the new Business School Impact System to consolidate and build on its local roots. Imagine you are the chief executive of an airport whose customers are rather dispersed.Read More
Creating impact with purpose
Patricia Bradshaw and Erin Elaine Casey describe how the BSIS process has helped herald the impact of the Sobey School in Canada, the first business school in North America to utilise the system.Read More
Growing the impact of management education and scholarship
Management is not only taught in business schools. For more than 100 years it has also been taught by a special type of university that is ‘more than a business school’. An international group of university leaders trace the emergence, role and future contributions of ‘universities for business and management’.Read More
Reconnecting with the business world
Through “Socially Responsible Scholarship”, Anne S Tsui suggests how business school scholars can overcome the growing criticism of irrelevant and self-serving research. For the past 25 years, business school research has been criticised for its serious disconnection from the world of business practice.Read More
Intentional impact from business schools
Paul Beaulieu explains how, in response to a new wave of social demands, business schools should adopt a more comprehensive and responsible social engagement. This may pave the way for the emergence of a new generation of business schools.Read More
The past is not the future
Business schools – and the businesses they serve – need to discover a “second curve” if they are to survive and prosper. When I last spoke to the EFMD conference in 1974 my talk reflected my own personal dilemma.Read More
The future of business schools: shut them down or broaden our horizons?
Ken Starkey and Howard Thomas report on a groundbreaking workshop that debated the mounting criticism of business schools and where they might go from here.Read More
The future is blended
Santiago Iniguez explains why business schools and corporations must accommodate the increasing role of technology in education.Read More
Apply liberally: Towards a model of liberal management education
Howard Thomas argues the case for integrating the liberal arts into management education so that the existing curricula emphasis on technological and analytical acumen is balanced with skills of critical thinking and ethical intelligence necessary for managerial judgment.Read More
Can they fix it?
Jordi Canals looks at the main drivers of business schools’ success in the 20th century along with some of the major problems and challenges they will have to deal with in the future if they want to remain relevant. Business schools are young institutions.Read More
Casting light in the shadows
Do not be lulled by today’s strong management education market, says Johan Roos. Business schools still need to find a grander vision of hope, change and community to counter emerging shadows.Read More
Where do we go from here?
We should approach the future, respond to crises of the pandemic, and technological change, in a thoughtful, well-considered and purposeful manner, not an impulsive one. This requires a more strategic and purposeful, resilient approach.Read More