what are business schools for? a follow up with santiago iniguez

A while ago, we asked: what are b-schools for? We covered discussions by various b-school deans. One of those deans, Santiago Iniguez of the IE business school, has drawn my attention to an interview where he discusses his new book, The Learning Curve, which focuses on management education. Click here and scroll down. Relevant to readers who are interested in b-schools and their mission.

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Written by fabiorojas

January 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

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  1. Rakesh Khurana’s book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, is an excellent treatment of the rise of business schools as a professional program. See my posts on the book (here and here).


    brayden king

    January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  2. For all you young whippersnappers, I suggest a short and direct book by Paul S. Hugstad, The Business School in the 1980s: Liberalism vs. Vocationalism (Praeger 1983). I had this item on my bookshelf for years and re-read it every time I had to sit through another tedious meeting about the salience of MBA programs in ranking B-Schools. And for Brayden, see The Evolution of Management Education: A History of the Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management 1908-1983 by Michael Sedlak and Harold Williamson (also 1983). Sedlak is a dean let at NU. Buy him lunch.



    January 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  3. Sedlak’s work is great. I second that recommendation.



    January 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  4. Hi Fabio! I been reading this blog for a while and I find it very interesting! On the topic of this article I have a few comments / questions.

    think this is a great debate, and I do think that the med school model is a pretty interesting template for business schools. Now if this were to be the case for the future of business education should we start thinking of business as a profession? I mean law and medicine are classical professions in the sense that they do have a core of common knowledge, standard of ethics and boards (and exams). Should / could business aspire to become a profession in this sense? If not, would then the model of med school apply to business education? By the way, I am half way though Khurana’s book. So far I understand that the author thinks that business was somehow professionalized, but could it ever aspire by its nature to become something like a classic profession? For example, outside of the realm of finance & accounting – where there are mandatory certifications for certain jobs – it is hard to think that business should or could ever develop something like a bar exam or board exams.

    Thanks for the blog!



    January 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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