Business school students, graduates view themselves as changemakers

April 4, 2019

Accusations that business schools promote “wealth over work, selfishness over sacrifice, and greed over responsibility” can make one wonder if a business school has a legitimate place in academia or society in general, write business professors Riina Koris and Anders Örtenblad. A survey of business students and alumni by the authors found that students tend to view themselves as a combination of “effectiveness increasers,” “pragmatic world improvers,” and “reflectionists” rather than as “replacers” who would maintain a status quo at a company. Business alumni, meanwhile, said they want to critically review business perspectives and perceived wisdom. The authors describe the results as hopeful, and encourage business schools to provide a balanced education with faculty from a wide range of perspectives. Times Higher Education (Sub Required) (International)