Exploring management education through the lens of situated learning

Day, Lisa (2015) Exploring management education through the lens of situated learning. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 10 (1). pp. 3-7. ISSN 1740-5106


QAA guidelines state that the objective of a Master’s degree in business and management is to ‘educate individuals as managers and business specialists, and thus to improve the quality of management as a profession’, and that graduates should have ‘the ability to convert theory into practice from a critical and informed perspective so as to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of employing organisations’ (2007:2). The guidelines suggest a ‘best of both worlds’ manager who can integrate the timely decision-making and commercial acumen, normally linked with the business world, with the critical reflection and analytical rigour associated with academia. The purpose of this paper is to explore how management education, particularly the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and management centred Masters courses at London Metropolitan University can achieve such a challenging goal in the light of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger’s work on situated learning. (Introduction)

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