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The Future Challenges of Business: Rethinking Management Education

The Future Challenges of Business: Rethinking Management Education Spring 2008 | V ol.50, No.3 | REPRINT SERIES California Review Management The Future Challenges of Business: Rethinking Management Education and Research Paul J.H. Schoemaker © 2008 by The Regents of the University of California The Future Challenges of Business: RETHINKING MANAGEMENT EDUCATION Paul J.H. Schoemaker he traditional paradigm of business schools, with its strong focus on analytical models and reductionism, is not well suited to handle the ambiguity and high rate of change facing many industries today. T Business educators have always faced the dilemma of academic rigor pitted against practical relevance (notwithstanding Kurt Lewin’s astute observation that nothing is as practical as good theory). The dilemma stems from two seemingly conflicting notions. On one hand, universities must hold true to the time-honored tradition of scholarship and the associated principles of scien- tific inquiry. On the other hand, whatever universities teach and explore within their professional schools must be relevant to the clinical art that defines that profession at the time. Unlike such professions as law, medicine, engineering, or architecture, business has yet to develop a unifying professional identity or a standard for professional certification (which the MBA presently is not). The need to balance the competing demands http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png California Management Review SAGE

The Future Challenges of Business: Rethinking Management Education

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SAGE
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© 2008 The Regents of the University of California
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0008-1256
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2162-8564
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10.2307/41166448
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Spring 2008 | V ol.50, No.3 | REPRINT SERIES California Review Management The Future Challenges of Business: Rethinking Management Education and Research Paul J.H. Schoemaker © 2008 by The Regents of the University of California The Future Challenges of Business: RETHINKING MANAGEMENT EDUCATION Paul J.H. Schoemaker he traditional paradigm of business schools, with its strong focus on analytical models and reductionism, is not well suited to handle the ambiguity and high rate of change facing many industries today. T Business educators have always faced the dilemma of academic rigor pitted against practical relevance (notwithstanding Kurt Lewin’s astute observation that nothing is as practical as good theory). The dilemma stems from two seemingly conflicting notions. On one hand, universities must hold true to the time-honored tradition of scholarship and the associated principles of scien- tific inquiry. On the other hand, whatever universities teach and explore within their professional schools must be relevant to the clinical art that defines that profession at the time. Unlike such professions as law, medicine, engineering, or architecture, business has yet to develop a unifying professional identity or a standard for professional certification (which the MBA presently is not). The need to balance the competing demands

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Published: Apr 1, 2008

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