"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Friday, August 3, 2007

The Future of Management Education

In the fast-changing, interconnected and chaotic world we see today, it is important for general education to reflect the shifting paradigms. This is even more crucial in management education, for as we have seen, the structures of organizations often reflect the structure of society and common mentality. It is extremely difficult to change a system that has been set up for generations – and so it is no wonder that for present corporations and entire systems of government – be that businesses, education, or even nations - to change, it is essential to start teaching the new generations the new possible ways of applying knowledge. The focal point of the transformation of management education is to open up the eyes and minds of students to the endless possibilities in ways to organize, manage and teach. The new generation of management education courses has to broaden the perspective of students and give them real-life challenges in order to raise creative and innovative thinkers. To the new management education system, the sky is the limit. The reason for this revolution in education is the need to nurture the new kind of managers – those able to transform the chaos around them to benefit the world and those they have to take care of.

An ideal management class would not solely focus on the theoretical material that has been in circulation over the last decades, but instead teach the direct application of that knowledge – something rarely done in today’s courses. The facts from books bring no experience, and thus no innovation, to the students. Since the present world desperately needs the managers and leaders who are capable of thinking unconventionally and providing solutions that are original and ground-breaking, the courses have to reflect this need and cultivate the creative spirit inside the students. Only the courses that make students think, and teach them how to learn and adapt, not simply how to remember facts and formulas, will provide the humanity with the leaders who can bring the world into a better tomorrow.

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