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. One can use any number of lenses to analyse the development of business schools over the…

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Ulrich Hommel and Ben Woods argue that business schools should look beyond conventional risk management systems to the strategic build-up of organisational resilience Business schools (and their parent universities) have made significant strides in recent years towards establishing sound risk management systems. They are more proficient in defining their appetite and tolerance for risk and…

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Anne Vaxelaire explains how QTEM, a network of global academic institutions and international businesses, is training students to handle ‘big data’ and to become open-minded and strong leaders Big data and analytics may bring to mind endless spreadsheets and massive mainframe computers but the new world of data analytics is dynamic, connective and rapidly evolving…

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Marianne Lewis argues that deans need to adopt a ‘paradox’ approach towards the tensions involved in leading a business school Tensions pervade schools as they do industry, wider society and our personal lives. Consider a common priority list of a business school dean: Build an academic institution that creates knowledge, inspires learning and impacts practice…

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International collaboration presents both opportunity and challenge. Simon Mercado and Julie Perrin Halot show how it can be managed and add value to organisations and their stakeholders International Collaborative Provision (ICP) is an increasingly prominent feature within higher education. Linked to the international mobility of students and the expansion of “Transnational Education” (TNE), ICP presents both opportunity…

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What’s the point of a business school anniversary? ‘Re-membering’ and re-energising for the next one according to Julie Davies and David Buisson Although universities represent some of the aworld’s oldest continually operating organisations (the University of Karueein was founded in 859 in Fez, Morocco), business schools are relative newcomers with more recent birthdays. (ESCP Europe claims to…

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It cannot be assumed that education automatically confers learning, qualification and greater wisdom, says Mats Alvesson. In fact, if we look at higher education in a broader perspective, the picture is rather depressing It is commonly assumed that education almost automatically leads to a greater ability to think and act in working life and in society as…

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How will the competitive environment in African management education evolve over the next 10 years? By Howard Thomas, Michelle Lee, Lynne Thomas and Alex Wilson The research evidence for this second volume of Africa: The Management Education Challenge is based primarily on around 40 in-depth, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews lasting about two to three hours. The interviewees were drawn from…

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Hamid Bouchikhi wonders if Western business schools will find the rapid growth of business education in emerging countries a happy hunting ground or a potential threat to their current supremacy Most Western business schools have seen the development of affluent segments of the population in emerging countries as a golden opportunity. Virtually all are actively courting well-off…

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Sustainability is increasingly not only a part of business as usual, but companies are engaging as key players in the global sustainability agenda. But business schools themselves are lagging behind. Giselle Weybrecht has 100 suggestions how to change this The global community has been engaged in sustainable development for decades. But the latest push, in the form of…

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What is it like to become a business school dean for a second time after a break of 25 years? Herman Berliner reflects on the changes he has had to adapt to The next step in my career was all planned out. After almost a half a century in academic administration, including 25 years as provost of…

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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 Masters degree – PhD – postdoc – assistant professor – full professor. That’s what most people expect an academic career to look like – a linear, full-time post…

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Krzysztof Rybinski and Erik Sootla show how a business school in Kazakhstan learned to embrace innovation in the classroom Digital innovations over the past two decades have started a revolution in higher education. Through e-learning platforms students now have access to high-quality online courses at zero or low cost compared to standard university tuition. We…

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Eugenia Bieto describes how a leading Spanish business school has responded to a paradigm shift in management education L’avenir a plusieurs noms. Pour les faibles, il se nomme l’impossible; pour les timides, il se nomme l’inconnu; pour les penseurs et pour les vaillants, il se nomme l’idéal.* *The future has many names. For the weak, it is called the…

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Brand management is one of the most complex management challenges for leaders of business schools and business universities. Thomas Bieger and Patrik Sonderegger chronical how University of St.Gallen in Switzerland approached the issue The globalisation of the education sector and increasing competition in higher education means that brands have increasingly become a strategic asset to…

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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 Business school deans are smiling and optimistic these days. Things have improved since the 2008 crisis. Applications are skyrocketing at most schools, enrolments are up and, with a few notable…

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Why universities are under threat? What do they need to do if they are to survive? Mark Farrell and John A Davis argue that universities outside the elite must embrace disruption or succumb to it Barely surviving relegation in the previous season and against odds of 5,000 to 1, Leicester City won the English Premier…

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Business education has been slow to respond to the disruption (and opportunities) caused by technological innovation. Tony Sheehan provides some guidance on how it should act The past decade has seen “digital disruption” everywhere. Firms such as Uber, Facebook, Google, Airbnb and Netflix have revolutionised their sectors. Business education has been far from immune MOOCs…

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Gender equity has been an issue in business schools (and many other places) for a long time. But Dianne Bevelander and Michael Page wonder why it has taken so long to address it and what the way forward might be Business, civic and political leaders have increasingly accepted the need for gender equity, both for reasons of justice and…

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Why are business schools so often wasteful and self-defeating competitors when they could be models of co-operation, co-ordination, and collaboration? There can be transformation says Dr Ying Zhang Over several decades, education has produced a huge amount of human capital around the world. In this regard, the performance of business education has been outstanding, with ever more business schools producing ever more…

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