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The Liberal Arts and Management Education
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Calling for the transformation of undergraduate education, Thomas and Harney argue that the liberal arts should be integrated into the traditional management curriculum to blend technical and analytic acumen with creativity, critical thinking, and ethical intelligence. In describing their vision for a new liberal management education, the authors demonstrate how a holistic pedagogy that does not sacrifice one wealth of learning for another instead encourages participation and integration to the benefit of students and society. Global in sweep, the book provides case studies of successfully implemented experimental courses in Asia and Britain, as well as a speculative chapter on how an African liberal management education could take shape, based on African-centred principles and histories. Finally, the book argues that the stakes of this agenda go beyond mere curricular reform and pedagogical innovation and speak directly to the environmental, business, political, and social challenges we face today.


‘Anemic global growth, severe income disparity and ethical breaches have cast concern that management education models are flawed. In this provocative book, Thomas and Harney convincingly argue that the main issue is the lack of integration of the liberal arts into management curricula. They call for a rethinking, not only of business education but of how universities structure their curricula in all areas. This book should be required reading for all academics; it will undoubtedly change the way faculty think about educating the next generation of leaders.'

Andrew J. Policano - Professor Emeritus, The University of California, Irvine

‘A major contribution for the reinvention of business schools, and higher education at large, by two of the most prominent experts in the sector.This book centers the future debate for the mission of business educators and the essence of management science.'

Santiago Iniguez de Onzono - President, IE University, Madrid

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