Shut down business schools? Two professors debate

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Martin Parker, University of Bristol and Ken Starkey, University of Nottingham

After 20 years of working in UK business schools, Martin Parker, professor of organisation studies at Bristol University, calls for them to be shut down in a new book. His views have caused some lively debate and here, he makes his case. Ken Starkey, professor of management at Nottingham University, disagrees. He offers an alternative.

Martin Parker:

One of the features of today’s universities is just how much money they now spend on marketing. Websites are slick and use contemporary typefaces, billboards show laughing diverse customers, and strap lines promise success. “Achieve your dreams!” “Find the real you!” “The knowledge to succeed!” Apart from the word “university”, it’s hard to tell whether they are selling mobile phones, a yoga retreat, or a degree. Continue reading

The demise of management consultancy and the rise of the consultant manager?

Professor Andrew Sturdy

Professor Andrew Sturdy, Department of Management

We are all familiar with the popular image of management consultancy as part of a multi-billion dollar industry. Consultants are seen by many as being masters of the universe. And yet their future may be threatened by an increasing trend of managers adopting consultancy practices as their own.

Our recent  research into the changing nature of managerial work details this internalisation of consulting. Management work is becoming less hierarchical (on the surface at least) and more market and change oriented – a sort of hybrid of both old fashioned bureaucracy and its post-modern or chaotic opposite.  Continue reading