Author suggests shuttering biz schools and how green got so white
Image credit: Financial Times In his polemical book, Shut Down the Business School: What’s Wrong with Management Education (Pluto Press), Martin Parker argues that this “cash cow” model, overly concerned with serving employers, does not just lack academic rigor: it is also failing. Prof Parker has worked in business schools for 20 years.
He attacks the industry from the inside, which may seem odd, but is not new. He joins a tradition of maverick business school academics turned critics, which include Henry Mintzberg, professor of management studies at McGill University in Montreal, whose rousing 2004 manifesto, Managers Not MBAs, sought to encourage reform in management education. Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business, has openly criticized the state of business schools in the US.
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Dorceta Taylor — whose latest book, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection, examines how race, class, and gender influenced the U.S. conservation movement — says that as an African American woman she still experiences professional marginalization.
She tells of gathering with attendees at a conference before she delivered the keynote address on diversity. “I tried to join the conversation, and I was literally shut down a couple of times. And I was watching how especially one of the white males was almost explaining to me what environment was. And when I got up and gave my keynote, this same guy that almost tripped over the table to come and say, ‘Oh I had no idea who you were. If I knew who you were I would have talked to you.’ And I was like, ‘Seriously?’”
Companies have thought for decades about business-focused solutions to fix the deteriorating environment. But judging by continually rising waters and temperatures, we may need a rethink about what sustainability means, suggest participants at a recent conference at Harvard Business School. A report by co-organizer Geoffrey Jones.