Interdisciplinary business education: Curriculum through collaboration

Publisher:
Emerald
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Education & Training, 2013, 55 (4), pp. 385 - 402
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Purpose - A modern business graduate is expected to have strong disciplinary skills as well as the soft skills of communication and team work. However today's business graduate needs to be more than the traditional I-shaped graduate of the past and more of the T-shaped graduate employers are looking for. Many undergraduate business degrees profess to offer integration of the curriculum but on investigation this occurs mainly through a capstone subject at the end of the degree. Today's business graduates need a more integrated approach to their learning. This paper aims to outline the transformation of a traditional business curriculum to one that is inter-disciplinary, outlining the necessary steps and conditions including the most challenging faculty buy in. Design/methodology/approach The review of the Bachelor of Business degree at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) provided an opportunity to explore the option to embrace an integrated curriculum. The authors outline how the review was shaped, the need for change and the approaches to interdisciplinary business education, and an approach to designing an interdisciplinary curriculum. They also provide two case studies. - See more at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/journals.htm?issn=0040-0912&volume=55&issue=4&articleid=17090874&show=abstract#sthash.JPFwHdEe.dpuf
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