Higher Education For Business

Robert Gordon; James A. Howell
ISBN:
0231023863

HIGHER EDUCATION FOR BUSINESS in America is essentially a product of the twentieth century. It represents the response of a democratic society to the educational needs of its industrial system. In recent decades business education at the college and university level has grown at a phenomenal rate. At present in the United States one out of every seven degrees awarded by institutions of higher education is in business administration. The number of degrees awarded in this field is second only to the number in education. Although schools of business administration have now been assimilated into the academic structure of the United States, contrary to the situation abroad, many problems remain to be solved. The vocational approach that has all too often characterized these schools in the past is now considered inadequate. A few institutions have been experimenting with new curricula designed to provide a more rigorous professional training within the context of a liberal education. The results achieved to date are highly promising. In such programs, increased emphasis is being placed on the application of the fundamental disciplines of the social and behavioral sciences to the problems of business administration. Previously only the relevance of economics had been fully appreciated. Another promising development is the growth in the application of modern mathematical and statistical methods to business problems. These changes have generally been associated with a research orientation. Business educators in increasing numbers are recognizing that it is insufficient to transmit and apply present knowledge. It is the function of higher education to advance the state of knowledge as well. A professional school of business that aspires to full academic status must meet this test.

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