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on Jan 3, 2011 in MBA Trends
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B-school leaders share their aspirations for management education in the new year
With the turning of the calendar, organizations are granted the gift of a new year and a clean slate. Business schools are no different. Administrators at top programs have visions of gifted applicants, motivated faculty, strong student leaders, and higher job placement numbers in a renewed economy. But that's not all. Still reeling from the financial meltdown that began in 2008, B-schools are aiming to be a part of the economic cleanup.
"Managerial problems in companies, governments, and society cry out for better management education and research," says Eric Weber, associate dean and head of U.S. operations at Barcelona-based IESE Business School (IESE Full-Time MBA Profile). "Business schools need to drive change and promote personal, corporate, and social progress."
Recently, Bloomberg Businessweek.com asked professors and administrators at top MBA programs to send in, via e-mail, their New Year's resolutions for management education and the institutions charged with producing tomorrow's business leaders in 2011. Here's a roundup of their responses.
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James O'Toole, professor of business ethics at University of Denver's Daniels College of Business (Daniels Full-Time MBA Profile), and co-author of the much-discussed 2005 Harvard Business Review article "How Business Schools Lost Their Way," thinks business schools need to understand their purpose better in the new year. To accomplish this, he suggests that they ask themselves a series of questions, including, "Should we be trade or professional schools?", "Should we stress academic disciplines or areas of concern to real businesses?" and "Should faculty be more mindful of preparing students or of their research projects?"
"These and other related questions are not easy to answer because, obviously, they are not either or," O'Toole says. "But in discussing them, it might become clear that B-schools are, in fact, currently choosing one course over the other, often unconsciously, and that's not a good way to make policy."...