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The Weekender: Why Today's Business Schools Teach Yesterday's Expertise (Forbes)

June 2, 2018

The Weekender features a longer form publication or multimedia production from a reputable source. We select articles or things to watch or listen to that discuss issues and opportunities we deem just off the radar for many business people, students, and faculty. We aim to expand the mind, broaden the heart, and sharpen the analysis. Have a great Sunday.

 

This week....

Our Chief Sustainability Officer shared this article with me from Forbes. It challenges some of the very foundations on which higher education, and business schools in particular, are built on.  Some may find it controversial or even heretical. My belief is that contrarians can often identify weaknesses and what I would call the "reasonable disagreeable" are worth listening to.  This well-reasoned and well-documented piece from Steve Denning certainly fits the bill.  I am reminded of Sargent Shriver's sign over his office when he was starting the Peace Corps:  "Bring me bad news, good news weakens me."  He knew that the natural tendency in most organizations is for favor-seeking good news to travel up--and bad decisions to travel down. So there certainly is some "bad news" that business schools must face as they reinvent themselves and remain relevant in a wired and fragile world.

 

Why Today's Business Schools Teach Yesterday's Expertise (Steve Denning, Forbes, May 2018)