MANAGEMENT EDUCATION UNDER THE KNIFE

 

This project looks at the current state of management education and wonders how it would look differently if it were modelled on the way we teach doctors. What would we teach? How would we teach it? What would be the implications for faculty? In looking at these issues, I hope to inform the debate about whether management is a profession or an art, and also to see whether there are more effective ways of developing managers. In the first outcome of the project, Sharon Williams (Warwick University Medical School) put together a symposium for BAM that sketched out the main issues (please click here for the flyer). Four excellent speakers, Matthew Cooke (Warwick University Medical School), Ben Hardy (Cambridge University), Fiona Patterson (City University) and Ann Esain (Cardiff University) all spoke to a packed room. Following the symposium, Sharon and I received offers to develop the ideas further and it looks as if we will be putting a book together.

On the 30th June 2009, we had the pleasure of devoting a BAM Organisational Psychology SIG seminar on the project. It was hosted at Warwick University Medical School and again attracted a room full of interested people. In addition to Matthew and Ann who spoke at BAM, the other speakers were Lynne Caley (Warwick University Medical School), Lucy Ambrose (Warwick University Medical School) and Sophia Christie, Chief Executive of Birmingham East and North PCT. One of the more memorable lines from the session came from Ben, "the kidney doesn't do something different because you talk to it".

The project's next outing was at the Academy of Management in Chicago when Ben, Ros and Ann spoke. As with our previous outings, we attracted a very large audience and ignited much debate. 

We are now moving forward with a proposal for a special issue of a management education journal. Hopefully we should have a Call for Papers available soon. Please email Sharon or me to find out more about this project.

The members of the project include:

  • Richard Adams, Cranfield University & AIM
  • Lucy Ambrose, Keele University
  • VĂ©ronique Ambrosini, Monash University
  • Jon Billsberry, Deakin University
  • Sophia Christie, Birmingham East and North PCT
  • Claire Collins, Henley Business School, Reading University
  • Matthew Cooke, Warwick University
  • Ann Esain, Cardiff University
  • Ben Hardy, The Open University
  • Lynne Caley, Warwick University
  • Dawn Marie Naylor, Warwick University
  • Fiona Patterson, City University
  • Ros Searle, Coventry University
  • Robin Wensley, Warwick University 
  • Sharon Williams, Cardiff University