Can MBA Curricula Be Improved?

Can MBA Curricula Be Improved?

Editor(s): Robert Rubin, DePaul University and Erich Dierdoff, DePaul University

In recent years, against a backdrop of corporate scandals and a difficult economy, schools of business have been the subject of increased scrutiny and often scorn. As a result, a decade of intense scholarly debate has ensued about the value of MBA programs from multiple stakeholder perspectives. One critical component of this line of research has focused on issues related to both the content and delivery of MBA curricula with an eye toward improving the overall quality of graduate management education.

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In recent years, against a backdrop of corporate scandals and a difficult economy, schools of business have been the subject of increased scrutiny and often scorn. As a result, a decade of intense scholarly debate has ensued about the value of MBA programs from multiple stakeholder perspectives. One critical component of this line of research has focused on issues related to both the content and delivery of MBA curricula with an eye toward improving the overall quality of graduate management education. Here scholars have largely argued that MBA curricula are deficient or contaminated in some significant way. At the broadest level, these critiques have attacked the overall philosophy upon which MBA curricula are erected, suggesting a skewed emphasis on economic theory, shareholder value, and financial competence. Other research has addressed more domain-specific curricular areas including the need for bolstering evidence-based management, technology management, innovation/entrepreneurship, applied research skills, systems thinking, business history, diversity and cultural competence, behavioral coursework and ethics. In this virtual issue, we highlight a number of articles which collectively illustrate the breadth of domains related to curriculum content and delivery that have been published in AMLE since its inception.

Pages: 216
Publisher: Academy of Management
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Robert Rubin, DePaul University and Erich Dierdoff, DePaul University