Are business schools just guardians of the classical capitalist economy ?

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Nicolas MOTTIS

Professor, ESSEC Business School, Former Chair, Accreditation Quality Committee, AACSB (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business)

Seminar Economy and meaning | Wednesday April 10, 2013 - 9h - 11h30

Is it not an easy criticism, levelled by reclusive academics and opponents of globalisation and liberalism across the spectrum, to say that business schools conform to the most conventional economic thinking ? Business schools are clearly at the heart of the economic system as they share its ideology and train its elite. But Nicolas Mottis claims that they are much more than this. His view is based from his past experience on the accreditation committee of an international body. The general picture is nuanced by critical approaches of the dominant model voiced by the ever-increasing number of researchers and professors, teaching about alternative methods of organisation requested by more open-minded students, and globalisation which prompts schools from developing countries to reconcile local interests with Anglo-Saxon orthodoxy. We should not castigate them but look at them more closely. These developments are still quite feeble: do they not herald stronger changes in the short term ?

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