HOW TO REFORM A BUSINESS SCHOOL – The Ivy League Way
Theory and Practice of Curricular Reform Implementation with an
In-depth Case Study of Yale School of Management
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: The Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OXCHEPS); 2015, First Edition
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.5 x 0.3 cm
Place of Publication: Oxford, UK
There is little doubt that business schools are at a crossroads and looking for answers. Jaiswal's superbly captured Yale School of Management's case study is a must read for business school deans and anyone remotely connected with or interested in reforming business education. Jaiswal meticulously lifts the dark fog surrounding the world of curricular reforms in MBA. The business schools can definitely use How to Reform a Business School as a manual to implement successful reforms. A very important and timely book for business schools.
- Sue Dopson, Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
MBAs have proved extraordinarily resilient in the last decade - despite having played a role in the education of those often held responsible for the global financial collapse. This book examines the way Yale succeeded in breaking the mould and developing an integrated curriculum that transcended the functional silos which still bedevil the vast majority of MBAs. If you want to know what the future MBA looks like - read this.
- Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership & Management,
Warwick Business School
With calls for accountability in Higher Ed increasing, this is a timely look at a curriculum reform at Yale's School of Management. Ashish Jaiswal's duel focus on process and implementation of the MBA curriculum at Yale advances the study of curriculum reform and provides a road map for practitioners. Dr. Jaiswal pulls back the curtain and lets us see what's behind the wizardry at Yale School of Management. Given Yale's resources, prestige and brand, their choices provide a good perspective for MBA programs around the globe.
- William J. Swinton, Director, International Business Studies,
Temple University, Japan Campus
Within 100 years of its existence, BUSINESS, for better or worse, has become the most popular subject in higher education, sending a larger number of graduates into the economy than any other. Ironically, the most popular discipline is also now the most condemned. Undoubtedly, business schools are at a crossroads and under the scanner. In How to Reform a Business School, Ashish Jaiswal meticulously demonstrates the problems plaguing the world of business schools and brings together the key contextual debates and concepts of foundational theory on the subject of reforms in MBAs.
Jaiswal makes a major methodological contribution to this little-explored field by presenting a novel exploratory framework - which employs a fresh combination of the social constructionist and implementation perspectives - to research the implementation of business school reform. Jaiswal conducts a rigorous in-depth case study of one of the most substantial curricular and pedagogical reforms in business school history: recently undertaken by Yale School of Management. The Yale case study illustrates the forces influencing the development of a unique integrated MBA curriculum at an Ivy League business school and presents the factors that can help business schools around the world in implementing a successful reform. Jaiswal establishes how the perceived identity of a particular business school impacts upon the way in which MBA curricula are evolving.
Ashish Jaiswal presents a strong argument against the monolithic treatment of higher education in the reform literature and urges scholars to focus on departmental idiosyncrasies and the territorial characteristics of subjects, particularly in the MBA where context, market and accreditation dynamics play a vital role. How to Reform a Business School is a must read for business schools wanting to break the shackles of the ordinary and to successfully implement an MBA curriculum relevant in the 21st century.
How to Reform a Business School: The IVY LEAGUE Way was catalysed by the severe criticism that has lately been levelled at business schools. Logically, the denunciation of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) should have led to a rising number of business schools initiating academic reforms. However, a business school considering substantial curricular change would find a conspicuous lack of studies dealing with the development and implementation of curricular change in business schools. This deficit is rendered more severe by: (1) a lack of substantial reforms implemented by business schools in the recent past; (2) various instances of curricular change turning out to be purely cosmetic in nature, little more than the pursuit of fads to attract students; and (3) changes being made at the fringes of the curriculum rather than at its core. How to Reform a Business School addresses this gap by presenting an in-depth case study of an effective, extensive and substantial academic reform implementation at the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM). In 2006, Yale School of Management, the business school of the Yale University, initiated one of the most substantial curricular and pedagogical reforms in business school history. Crucially, Yale SOM chose to integrate its MBA curriculum. The integration of the distinct functional courses in MBA curricula has emerged as a strong solution to the problem of compartmentalization shared by MBA curricula. Arguably, breaking the functional 'silos' and integrating the curriculum is one of the most significant shifts in the 100-odd year old history of the MBA curriculum. And in the near future there is a high possibility of an integrated MBA curriculum becoming the norm rather than an exception. Thus, the results of Yale SOM's curriculum implementation are significant for the wider community.
In fact, in order to consolidate the links between society and academia, it is not only the business schools that need to reinvent themselves but significant changes are also required across all aspects of higher education as highlighted by Palfreyman and Tapper (2014) in Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education. Nevertheless, the time has come for business schools to seriously consider the kind of workforce they want to send into the world; not only to rise in their own standing but also to rise in terms of their contribution to the world in addressing burning questions related to social and economic inequality and other maladies of freewheeling capitalism.
The time has come for business schools to reform and rise.
The annual WISE Summit is the premier international platform dedicated to innovation and creative action in education where top decision-makers share insights with on-the-ground practitioners and collaborate to rethink education (WISE, 2014). The Business Schools of the Future was an oversubscribed session conducted by Ashish at WISE where key ideas emerging out of How to Reform a Business School were presented.
Sharjah International Book Fair 2014 saw some of the world's most celebrated authors such as Dan Brown and Amitav Gosh. Ashish read excerpts from How to Reform a Business School at the Sharjah Book Fair and conducted a signing session.