Academic Arrogance In Our Business Schools?



Here’s a reportedly true story taken from one of my favourite business texts, New Venture Creation, Spinelli & Adams, (2012).

“A few years ago a notable Harvard faculty colleague was invited to meet with faculty at a distinguished Mid-western university to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of cases. He shared how real cases about real entrepreneurs facing real opportunities, crises, decisions, and time crunches could be powerful learning and pedagogical vehicles. One senior faculty member could hardly conceal his indifference. He made his views and philosophy of educating future business leaders clear: ‘I have never worked in business. I have never been near or inside a business. I have absolutely no intention of ever doing either. And I cannot see why anyone who teaches business would need to or want to, and the use of such cases is totally irrelevant!'”

That, my readers wasn’t too long ago.

My natural inclination is to take this story with a least grain of salt. Maybe more. But who am I to question these notable academics and their impeccable sources? Ok; so this may be an extreme case, but come to think of it, do we still have those dinosaurs around, and have you ever met any? And if so, what was the impact?

Herman D. Alvaranga is a marketing and sales strategist.


One thought on “Academic Arrogance In Our Business Schools?

  1. Nigel A. John says:

    The attitude portrayed is unfortunate but familiar. There seems to be a disconnect between academia and industry so often, and academia seems hell bent on protecting turf. I decided to pursue post graduate studies in business and found very quickly that the programme delivery was not about determining competence but the ability to research scholarly work and reference them. Short story, in grading my submission on Change Management, the tutor’s most substantial criticisms were that I used several models and did not give sources, and that my reference list was too short. Models? In business we learn principles and apply them. In governance we do not ask of the staff “what would Drucker do?”

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