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    Re-imagining the MBA: an arts-based approach

    Walsh, Anita and Powell, Philip (2020) Re-imagining the MBA: an arts-based approach. Higher Education Pedagogies 5 (1), pp. 148-164. ISSN 2375-2696.

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    The Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a long-standing, globally recognised qualification that has almost become a requirement for many aspiring business leaders. Yet, the qualification has changed little over its history, despite substantial changes in the role and practice of business. These changes were brought into sharp focus by the financial crisis in the early part of the 21st century. However, despite much introspection, many MBA programmes have not been transformed. It is unsurprising that many programmes have not fundamentally changed as they are a staple of most business schools and are valuable, monetarily and reputationally, even in their current form. Nevertheless, a management qualification intended to tackle the wicked problems that now beset contemporary organisations requires the adoption of a pedagogy based on an epistemology of practice and the incorporation of design thinking within the MBA curriculum. Solutions also need to consider the inclusion of more responsive values, and a wider range of knowledge. This paper considers these issues and posits a solution which draws on Biggs’ constructive alignment approach to progranme design, and has been enacted in a new arts-based MBA programme which is used as an example throughout.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Anita Walsh
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 10:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:04


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