Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Role of the Business School: Serving Mammon or the University?

STORY Jonathan, GAUTSCHI David
The Role of the Business School: Serving Mammon or the University? in The Purpose of Business: Contemporary Perspectives from Different Walks of Life, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)

Because business enterprises occupy such a salient place in human affairs, the schools that serve them cannot avoid, indeed we argue they should aspire to be, centers of controversy and not just sources of skills for the service of the community. It is this schizophrenia, as purveyors of supposedly objectiveknowledge and vortexes of passionate debate that inhabit business schools and is the clue to making them great. In developing this argument, we trace in stylized form the interactions between context and schools over the last century and more, and round off our discussion with some suggestions on building the global context into the heart of business school scholarship.