Business school output: A conceptualisation of business school graduates

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Extant literature has illustrated that business schools are currently pre-occupied with promoting and teaching optimization, efficiency and effectiveness, maximization and profitability. Too little attention is afforded to promoting the skills of analysis and critical thinking or the mastery of theories, abstract conception or a wider appreciation of moral principles. Our contribution deepens the debate about the purpose of business schools by creating a typology of ‘types’ of Business School Graduates (BSGs). We suggest that, as well as influencing the future of their graduates, business schools should be responsible for what ‘type’ of BSG they produce. Our typology offers four types – the Replacer, the Effectiveness Increaser, the World Improver and the Reflectionist. We propose that in future business schools should place emphasis on providing a wider education balancing human, environmental and economic perspectives. More credence must be given to the latter two types of BSG as opposed to the first two, who are the favoured choices of today.


The authors:

“Just as doctors have an ethical protocol to abide by and an ethics

committee to answer to when they do wrong, the same might be considered for the business community. So numerous are the examples of wrong doing, from simple deception to downright fraud that, just like the doctor who can lose their license to practice medicine, so too might a businessperson lose their right to practice business (Currie et al., 2010). To some extent, the school from which the wrong-doer graduated might also be held accountable. This might reduce the propensity of students to study business solely to maximize profit.”



Business school output: A conceptualisation of business school graduatesAnders Örtenblad, Riina Koris, Maris Farquharson, Shih-wei ‘Bill’ HsuThe International Journal of Management Education

Volume 11, Issue 2, July 2013, Pages 85–92.

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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