Palgrave Macmillan recently published The Purpose of the Business School: Alternative Views and Implications, by Professor Edward W. Miles of the Department of Managerial Sciences.
In the mid-20th century, university-based business schools re-oriented themselves to increased alignment with the preferences of the university and decreased alignment with the preferences of business. This re-alignment has caused multiple observers to question the effectiveness of current-day business schools.
Dr. Miles weaves a unique blend of complexity theory, philosophy of science, and the nature of professions to articulate the goals university-based business are espousing and to assess their effectiveness at meeting those goals. The book traces parallel discussions regarding the purpose of the university in the writings of Aristotle and Wilhelm von Humboldt and ties those discussions to current debates.
This is Dr. Miles’s second book on the state of the American business school, with the first being The Past, Present, and Future of the Business School, published in 2016.