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The Liberal Arts and Management Education
A Global Agenda for Change

  • Date Published: January 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108473156


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  • Calling for the transformation of undergraduate education, Thomas and Harney argue that the liberal arts should be integrated into the traditional management curriculum to blend technical and analytic acumen with creativity, critical thinking, and ethical intelligence. In describing their vision for a new liberal management education, the authors demonstrate how a holistic pedagogy that does not sacrifice one wealth of learning for another instead encourages participation and integration to the benefit of students and society. Global in sweep, the book provides case studies of successfully implemented experimental courses in Asia and Britain, as well as a speculative chapter on how an African liberal management education could take shape, based on African-centred principles and histories. Finally, the book argues that the stakes of this agenda go beyond mere curricular reform and pedagogical innovation and speak directly to the environmental, business, political, and social challenges we face today.

    • Introduces the concept of liberal management education
    • Provides real-world examples of how liberal management education has been successfully implemented
    • Gives liberal management education a global range, increasing its versatility and applicability across different cultural zones
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    'Anemic global growth, severe income disparity and ethical breaches have cast concern that management education models are flawed. In this provocative book, Thomas and Harney convincingly argue that the main issue is the lack of integration of the liberal arts into management curricula. They call for a rethinking, not only of business education but of how universities structure their curricula in all areas. This book should be required reading for all academics; it will undoubtedly change the way faculty think about educating the next generation of leaders.' Andrew J. Policano, Professor Emeritus, The University of California, Irvine

    'A major contribution for the reinvention of business schools, and higher education at large, by two of the most prominent experts in the sector.This book centers the future debate for the mission of business educators and the essence of management science.' Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, President, IE University, Madrid

    '… an innovative pedagogy and perhaps a new appreciation for the relationship between the liberal arts and management degree curricula that integrates the ever-increasing need for professional skills with the historical role of the college experience. This new approach will ensure that baccalaureate graduates, whatever their discipline, are prepared not only for the specialized demands of their professional careers but also for the demands of global leadership.' S. R. Kahn, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108473156
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Liberal Management Education Today:
    1. Towards a liberal management education: arguing the case
    2. Implementing liberal management education
    3. Singapore Management University, a case study
    4. The School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, a case study
    Part II. The Liberal Heritage of Management Education:
    5. Forgotten kinships
    6. Running in the family
    7. The demotics of management
    Part III. The Future of Liberal Management Education:
    8. From ethics to liberal arts in today's university
    9. Towards an African management education
    10. Conclusion

  • Authors

    Stefano Harney, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Howard Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Management Education at Singapore Management University, and the Ahmass Fakahany Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Leadership at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University. He is a highly cited scholar, with fellowship awards from the US Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Directors. He was also awarded the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Academy of Management in 2013, and the Strategic Leadership Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2014.

    Howard Thomas, Singapore Management University and Boston University
    Stefano Harney is Honorary Professor in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Visiting Critic at Yale University Art School, and a Professor at the European Graduate School. He is co-author of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Fred Moten, 2013). He runs the reading camp and art project Ground Provisions with Tonika Sealy Thompson. He co-founded School for Study a nomadic collective of university teachers experimenting with co-teaching.

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