Title

The Legitimacy of the Business of Business Schools: What's the Future?

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine some challenges facing business schools and their continued legitimacy. Particular attention is paid to the problems of accreditation, regulation and rankings and how these constrain strategic choice. The paper builds on existing literature to provide an analytical overview of the challenges currently facing business schools. The paper assesses the current context of business schools and assesses to what extent they are becoming less relevant both in terms of practice and theories. It suggests changes business schools might make in order to increase relevance. The paper suggests that business schools should change their central concerns to issues of central relevance to society and to policy. A wide range of such topics, ranging from climate change to exogenous events, is suggested.

Keywords

Business schools, Accreditation, Regulation, Management research, Relevance, Strategic choice and change

Discipline

Business | Higher Education

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Journal of Management Development

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

368

Last Page

376

ISSN

0262-1711

Identifier

10.1108/02621711211219040

Publisher

Emerald

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02621711211219040

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