A truly ‘transformative’ MBA: executive education for the fourth Industrial Revolution

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622822
Title:
A truly ‘transformative’ MBA: executive education for the fourth Industrial Revolution
Authors:
Barber, Stephen
Abstract:
The world over, universities describe their Masters of Business Administrations as ‘transformative’ but so many rely on traditional retrospective curriculums, structures and assessment. The suspicion in some quarters is that the MBA badge has sometimes become more about prestige than transformation; inputs rather than outputs. Yet it is increasingly clear that the global economy is at a turning point with the World Economic Forum going as far as describing the advent of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technology in particular is changing the nature of work and the role of managers while the nature of jobs and the skills that will be needed in the near future is in flux. Organisational success increasingly relies on creative and adaptable colleagues able to lead and shape change; here innovative executive education has an essential role to play. A discussion paper centred on these topics, this article makes the case for MBAs to be truly transformative by shifting the emphasis firmly towards intellectual creativity and problem solving, together with innovative assessment regimes which challenge mid‐career professionals to be adaptable and able to take managed risks supportive of professional innovation. It argues the case for a breed of MBAs that are not retrospective and elitist but rather are driven by the transformative ambition of developing participants’ cognitive powers.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Barber, S. (2018) 'A truly ‘transformative’ MBA: executive education for the fourth Industrial Revolution', Journal of pedagogic development 8 (2) 44-55
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Journal:
Journal of pedagogic development
Issue Date:
Aug-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622822
Additional Links:
https://journals.beds.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/jpd/article/view/457
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2047-3265
Appears in Collections:
Journal of Pedagogic Development

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dc.contributor.authorBarber, Stephenen
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-13T13:33:51Z-
dc.date.available2018-08-13T13:33:51Z-
dc.date.issued2018-08-
dc.identifier.citationBarber, S. (2018) 'A truly ‘transformative’ MBA: executive education for the fourth Industrial Revolution', Journal of pedagogic development 8 (2) 44-55en
dc.identifier.issn2047-3265-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622822-
dc.description.abstractThe world over, universities describe their Masters of Business Administrations as ‘transformative’ but so many rely on traditional retrospective curriculums, structures and assessment. The suspicion in some quarters is that the MBA badge has sometimes become more about prestige than transformation; inputs rather than outputs. Yet it is increasingly clear that the global economy is at a turning point with the World Economic Forum going as far as describing the advent of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technology in particular is changing the nature of work and the role of managers while the nature of jobs and the skills that will be needed in the near future is in flux. Organisational success increasingly relies on creative and adaptable colleagues able to lead and shape change; here innovative executive education has an essential role to play. A discussion paper centred on these topics, this article makes the case for MBAs to be truly transformative by shifting the emphasis firmly towards intellectual creativity and problem solving, together with innovative assessment regimes which challenge mid‐career professionals to be adaptable and able to take managed risks supportive of professional innovation. It argues the case for a breed of MBAs that are not retrospective and elitist but rather are driven by the transformative ambition of developing participants’ cognitive powers.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.relation.urlhttps://journals.beds.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/jpd/article/view/457en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectmeta-skillsen
dc.subjectmanagement and leadershipen
dc.subjectworken
dc.subjectbusiness schoolsen
dc.subjectX342 Academic studies in Higher Educationen
dc.subjectMBAen
dc.subjectfourth Industrial Revolutionen
dc.titleA truly ‘transformative’ MBA: executive education for the fourth Industrial Revolutionen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of pedagogic developmenten
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