Business Schools and their Contribution to Society
- Mette Morsing - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
- Alfons Sauquet Rovira - ESADE Business School, Spain
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.
'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'
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'
Corporate Director, Learning for Development, L'Oreal