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Business Schools and their Contribution to Society

Business Schools and their Contribution to Society

October 2011 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Business schools are arguably some of the most influential institutions in contemporary society, heavily influencing the way much socioeconomic activity is conducted. The education they provide is an important theme to be considered in its own right – and perhaps even challenged.

This exciting book explores the role of business schools in contemporary global society through 3 key dimensions:

  • How business school legitimacy has been challenged by the recent economic crisis and corporate scandals;
  • How business schools contribute to shaping and transforming business conduct; and
  • How business schools, past and present, develop their identities to face the challenges presented by the ongoing globalization process.

Combing perspectives from business school Deans from around the world, as well as scholars and business leaders, this book presents a unique discussion of the current and future challenges facing business schools today.

Bernard Ramanantsoa
Mette Morsing and Alfons Sauquet Rovira
Prologue: Business Schools As Usual?
Rakesh Khurana and Daniel Penrice
Business Education
The American Trajectory

Maria Tereza Leme Fleury and Thomaz Wood Jr
Creating a Business School Model Adapted to Local Reality
A Latin American Perspective

Bernard Yeung and Kulwant Singh
The Changing Role of Business Schools as Key Social Agents in Asia
Valery S. Katkalo
Institutional Evolution and New Trends in Russian Management Education
Baris Tan
The Legitimacy and Future of Business Schools in Turkey
Lluis Puges
European Business Schools and Globalization
Juliet Roper
CSR, Business Schools and the Asia Pacific Context
Alan Irwin, Dorte Salskov-Iversen and Mette Morsing
Business Schools in Society
The Distinctiveness of Diversity

Michael Barzelay and Saul Estrin
Design Science as a Reference Point for Management Research
Thomas M. Begley and Patrick T. Gibbons
The National Role of Contemporary Business Schools in Response to the Financial Crisis
Thomas Bieger
Business Schools - From Career Training Centers towards Enablers of CSR
A New Vision for Teaching at Business Schools

Muel Kaptein and George S. Yip
The Future of Business School Research
The Need for Dual Research Methodologies

Christoph Badelt and Barbara Sporn
Business Schools' Corporate Social Responsibility
Practice What You Preach

Guido Tabellini
The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Fields of Economic and Social Sciences
Has It Been Changed by the Economic Downturn?

Adam Budnikowski
Business Schools in Relation to the Organizational and Ethical Challenges of Systemic Transformation
A Polish Example

Judith Samuelson
The New Rigor
Beyond the Right Answer

Carlos Losada, Janette Martel and Josep M. Lozano
Responsible Business Education
Not a Question of Curriculum but a Raison d'Être for Business Schools

Valerie Swaen, Philippe de Woot, Didier de Callatay
The Business School of the 21st Century
Educating Citizens to Address the New World Challenges

Eero Kasanen and Robert Grosse
The Need for Good Old Principles in Financial Management Education
Manuel Escudero
PRME and Four Theses on the Future of Management Education
Robert Strand
A Plea to Business Schools
Tear Down Your Walls

Nigel Roome, David Bevan and Gilbert Lenssen
Corporate Responsibility and the Business Schools' Response to the Credit Crisis
Alfons Sauquet Rovira, Mette Morsing and Marc Vilanova

'Undoubtedly, the book's most insightful, penetrating, even quasi-radical proposal comes from a trio of experts at Barcelona's ESADE business school: Carlos Losada (the former Director), Janette Martell (of the school's Social Responsibility Task Force), and Josep M. Lozano (Professor of Social Science). Their unique view of the value/normativity dimension will, or should, give all business educators pause to reflect on what they teach and how they interact with their students' -
William C. Frederick
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Katz Graduate school of Business, University of Pittsburgh

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'Business schools are among the most influential institutions in contemporary society. This book represents a most welcome voice in the urgent need to discuss the future role of business schools. What skills and competences do we need of our leaders of tomorrow? How do we make sure that business schools are able to not only educate students in traditional business skills, but also give them such a basic understanding of the dynamics of contemporary society so they may interact constructively with the diversity of stakeholders and thus contribute to the role business must play in securing the sustainabiliy of our global society? How may business schools contribute in innovative ways to the development of a society that is in need of new ways of addressing basic needs such as equal rights, clean water, energy and waste disposal? While this book does not pretend to provide all the answers to such demanding questions, it will stimulate reflection by questioning conventional business school thinking'
Mads Øvlisen
Special Advisor to UN Global Compact and former Chair of Novo Nordisk

'After the 2008 crisis, the private sector has been more than ever under the public limelight. In the midst of this debate, one central issue seems to be how business schools develop and foster management models that shape how businesses behave. This book finally opens the possibility to reflect on the multiple forms in which business schools are contributing to society'
Philippe Louvet
Corporate Director, Learning for Development, L'Oreal

Sample Materials & Chapters


Mette Morsing

Alfons Sauquet Rovira

Alfons Sauquet has served as Director of the Combined Undergraduate and Master in Business Administration at ESADE.... More About Author

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