Multicultural critical theory–at business school? This is presented as a radical, new idea, first ocurring to Roger Martin about ten years ago. Indeed, the idea does seem to have disappeared from the business landscape over the last quarter century or so, and what a shame that has been.
Mr. Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management, refers to his ideas as a liberal arts M.B.A. Sorry Mr. Martin, this is not your idea, nor is it at all original (you know this already) though it is high time someone in the right place started pushing for it.
Older references to these ideas comes from many places–Max Weber occurs to me, and Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis. A simple Google search will turn-up some interesting statistics on this, like only one third of the top CEO’s in the US have an education focused only on business.
Most successful CEO’s will tell you their studies of history or philosophy or the classics was most important to their work today.
Dear students, Are you hearing this?
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