Why should modern business schools have structures like in the 19th century?

Dear reader,

those of you who drop by regularly have certainly realized that I am travelling a lot. Meeting people in our digitalized world is important still. Sometimes, however, I am also invited for a speech like recently when I had the opportunity to talk to an academic audience at the Australian Business Deans council seminar at the University of Technology in Sidney. I reiterated what is so important to me:

Why should modern business schools have structures like in the 19th century, when one man (no women in those days) was talking for an hour an a half to his students?

Why should we stick to a full-time faculty instead of calling on leading practitioners when it comes to their area of specialty?

In fact, I raised questions which have been positively answered for over two years at our institute in Horgen. But I will nevertheless not stop my commitment in convincing other business schools to do the same.

Not for me – heaven forbid – ! It’s for the good of the students!

The Australian Financial Review reported on that event. For those of you who are subscribers, they can read the article on their website (click on the AFR logo)

All others may want to download it as pdf (sorry for the clumsy scan…):
Australia Financial Review: Download pdf

Yours,
Peter Lorange

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4 thoughts on “Why should modern business schools have structures like in the 19th century?

  1. Stephan J Fertig

    Thanks for the article and the questions put into place. That makes the school unique. It empowers the high education network edges in terms of being beneficial to professors and students. In a mutual way! Being responsive requires flexibility especially if it comes to applied science. Keep on going and thanks.

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