Should business schools be braver?, 15 October, 2012
Last week, I was in Prague, for the Annual Meeting of the Strategic Management Society;
a bunch of business school professors talking about their research. I
attended a session which featured a panel of five senior professors who
specialise in governance and boards. I couldn’t resist asking them the
same question as the journalist had posed to me: “What radical new ideas
do you have in terms of how we could perhaps organise governance and
Their answer was basically the same as mine, with equal levels of eloquence: “Ehm… not much really”.
As business school academics, we describe and seek to understand reality, but are not supposed to want to alter and improve it. Which is a shame, because sometimes I feel the world of business – and the world in general – could do with a bit of improvement...