Making Strategy Matter: Social Theory, Knowledge Interests and Business Education

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Taylor and Francis
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Business History, 2013, 55 (7), pp. 1247 - 1264
Issue Date:
2013-01
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The tensions and challenges facing business education frame this paper, which takes a critical look at the historical evolution of business school education in the context of the present conjecture, with a particular emphasis on the role social theory can play in the analysis of strategy and ethics. Flyvbjerg's phronesis and Selznick's sociology are deployed to address the challenges facing business schools and their place in higher education. Kant's moral anthropology opens common grounds to both approaches. Our aim is to provide a platform from which business and university leaders can debate and discuss the current and future role and impact of business school education, particularly focusing on linking and cultivating ethical and strategic capabilities in management and organizational practices.
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