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Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Blueprint for Change in Management Education by GMAC

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Epilogue

Erich C. Dierdorff

DePaul University

Brooks C. Holtom

Georgetown University

With their harsh criticisms of business school research, teaching, and students, the reports by the Ford Foundation (Gordon & Howell, 1959) and Carnegie Foundation (Pierson & others, 1959) had a profound influence on graduate management education (Klimoski & Amos, 2012). Not only did the reports express concerns about content, but they also raised issues about delivery. Moreover, Gordon and Howell contended that “research in business schools needs to become more analytical, to develop a more solid theoretical underpinning, and utilize a more sophisticated methodology” (p. 439).

Business schools took the message to heart. They invested heavily in the research ...

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