Reforming the MBA: A survey of elite British Universities

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberJMD-08-2017-0264.r1
Pages (from-to)397-408
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Management Development
Volume37
Issue number5
Early online date10 May 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2018
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Purpose:
The purpose of this paper is to explore the response of elite British business schools to criticism levied against the MBA.

Design/methodology/approach:
The content of elite British MBA was surveyed using web-based research. This followed the approach of Navarro (2008) in his analysis of MBA curricula in the United States.

Findings:
The findings suggest that there is significant innovation and diversity within British business schools as they search for more effective ways of preparing MBA students for senior management positions.

Research limitations/implications:
This research as limited by the sample size of the top-10 MBA in the United Kingdom. The results provide an insight into the curriculum development that is occurring with elite institutions.

Practical implications:
The paper not only refutes much of the criticism of the MBA but also provides evidence of the evolution of the degree.

Originality/value:
This paper contributes to the body of research relating to the MBA as the premier qualification for senior managers. It details progress made in the United Kingdom in making the degree fit for purpose.

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