Despite major changes in the environment, the business models of business schools have not experienced much change. Methods of teaching and research remain similar to 30 years ago. This paper focusses on the underlying reason for the inertia by investigating the implicit value proposition of business schools. It first reviews past literature on the value of business schools and then attempts to explain additional, often neglected, value propositions of teaching and research. The paper argues that studying at business schools is also a relatively cheap way of keeping young adults intellectually stimulated, busy, and relatively happy. The additional value proposition of research is that it serves as a basis for ranking and demonstrates the peacock's tail effect while serving as a signal of commitment and a sense of purpose for professors. Only a profound understanding of the implicit parts of the value proposition can help guide the transformation of existing business schools or help develop their alternatives in such a way that achieves sustainable improvements for students, academics, and society as a whole.
This article focuses on ways business schools and management development institutions can through responsible management education drive learning for sustainable banking as a channel to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The article discusses the role of business schools and management development institutions in advancing progress to attain the SDGs in Nigeria, a developing nation in sub-Saharan Africa. This is examined within the context of a globalized banking and financial sector which is yet to fully maximize opportunities to drive sustainable development due to, among other factors, the lack of clear understanding of how to integrate sustainability into the banking system. Ongoing systemic efforts to drive sustainable banking through responsible management education are discussed and ways to further integrate sustainable banking to accelerate the attainment of SDGs are presented.
In the context of management training business simulation games are increasingly emerging as pedagogical tools for motivating and engaging players actively in the learning experience. Business simulation games provide opportunities for students to enter the flow state. However, few studies have applied flow theory in this specific context. Using data from a two-wave longitudinal study with a sample of 430 students who played a business simulation game, this research draws on the four-channel model of flow to identify subgroups of students based on their levels of skill and challenge and to analyse the evolution of their optimal experience of flow. In addition, it explores whether students in flow achieve higher learning outcomes; in particular, students’ perceived learning, satisfaction and skills development.
This paper explicitly tests the influences of Business Professor Independent Directors (BPIDs) on firm agency costs and investment efficiency using the Chinese setting. We reveal that BPIDs enhance minority shareholder protections from the controlling shareholder-manager coalition at the cost of firm investment efficiency. These findings are in line with BPIDs’ high ethical standards and reputational concerns but lack of industry experience.
One of the goals of undergraduate business programs is to prepare students for navigating the job market, yet many programs do not effectively incorporate career activities into the curriculum. Often career-focused training is outsourced to a career center or a career services unit of the university or school, which results in a lack of linkage between the student's professional preparedness and their course of study. Additionally, this outsourcing may not ensure full participation of the business students. We present a program for integrating career preparedness activities into the business curriculum across multiple years in conjunction with our university career services, which has been well-received by the student body. The program has two main components: (1) progressive, stepwise career activities are embedded into a core course from each year of the traditional 4-year undergraduate business program, and (2) the activities are graded requirements, making up a portion of how the student is evaluated in that course. This program ensures every student in the school of business is provided with adequate career preparedness training, and the school of business is well-positioned to achieve high job placement rates.
Authors: Hussain A. Almalky, Saeed S. Alqahtani, Audrey A. Trainor
Published: Dec 2020
Authors: Hussain A. Almalky, Saeed S. Alqahtani, Audrey A. Trainor
Published: Dec 2020
The purpose of this study is to examine family perspectives and the expectations of students with disabilities regarding the school-business partnership in order to prepare students with disabilities for post-school employment. Special education, especially providing transition services, in Saudi Arabia is still in its development stage. This study is a descriptive presentation of survey research regarding community-based partnerships in early employment. The researchers of this study have developed the survey used based on a review of the literature in order to investigate targeted skills by schools, current school and community practices, partnerships, and collaboration between schools, families, and community agencies. A total of 92 families with students with disabilities in middle and high schools participated. Based on the results, the majority of families believe that there is some level of communication between them the school staff and between schools and business owners. However, they did not think that the community provides enough opportunities for their children to have vocational training, work sampling, job shadowing, internships, and real work experiences. Additionally, most families had a negative perspective toward community involvement during the transition planning and process, and businesses assistance with curriculum development and modifications. Implications for practice and research were also discussed.
This paper aims at investigating the extent of adoption of the concept “Business Incubators” within the academic programs in Jordanian public higher education institutions, particularly business faculties. Besides, the current paper investigates the impact of having such initiatives (Business Incubators) on the occurrence of entrepreneurial ventures in the business market. The paper uses a questionnaire survey to gather data from academic staff in these institutions. Wherein, the study includes ten public universities with two hundred and twenty academic staff from business faculties who have participated. The results show that there was a vast consensus among the academic staff that this approach is beneficial and that some institutions have already started to adopt it. Interestingly, results obtained through the census database show high consistency with the results obtained from analysing the data that have been collected through the questionnaire. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed as well as the limitations and directions for future researches.
The incidence of Gram-negative bloodstream infections (BSIs), predominantly caused by Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species, continues to increase; however the causes of this are unclear and effective interventions are therefore hard to design. In this study we sequenced 3468 sequential, unselected isolates over a decade in Oxfordshire, UK. We demonstrate that the observed increases in E. coli incidence were not driven by clonal expansion; instead, four major sequence types (STs) continue to dominate a stable population structure, with no evidence of adaptation to hospital/community settings. Conversely in Klebsiella spp. most infections are caused by sporadic STs with the exception of a local drug-resistant outbreak strain (ST490). Virulence elements are highly structured by ST in E. coli but not Klebsiella spp. where they occur in a diverse spectrum of STs and equally across healthcare and community settings. Most clinically hypervirulent (i.e. community-onset) Klebsiella BSIs have no known acquired virulence loci. Finally we demonstrate a diverse but largely genus-restricted mobilome with close associations between antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes and insertion sequences but not typically specific plasmid replicon types; consistent with the dissemination of AMR genes being highly contingent on smaller mobile genetic elements (MGEs). Our large genomic study highlights distinct differences in the molecular epidemiology of E. coli and Klebsiella BSIs, and suggests that no single specific pathogen genetic factors are likely contributing to the increasing incidence of BSI overall, that association with AMR genes in E. coli is a contributor to the increasing number of E. coli BSIs, and that more attention should be given to AMR gene associations with non-plasmid MGEs to try and understand horizontal gene transfer networks.