Whose Business? A Radical Proposal to Privatise British Business Schools


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Rigorous postgraduate and post-experience business education has a major contribution to make to the creation of wealth. However, the UK’s present system of business schools suffers from crucial weaknesses: it is too academic, excessively restricted, remote from business, and buttressed by lifetime security of tenure.

These weaknesses stem from the original flawed conception of business schools as substantially publicly-funded and part of the university ‘industry’ – which suffers from being organised as a classic cartel. Radical reform is required which should remove postgraduate business education into distinct business schools with the status of independent legal entitites outside the public sector.

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