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

Friday, August 3, 2007

Management Education: Moving Forward

Management education of today is a changing discipline, and it is important that it continues on this trend into the twenty-first century. As the world is changing, becoming more concerned with and involved in human rights and the environment, it is important that management education also follows the same trends. It is very important that classes are concerned with the well being of people, not only the companies. People, like business and management, are also evolving and becoming more concerned with others, so there is now a need for classes based on humanity and how to treat all employees right in a business. From the managers all the way to the wageworkers, it is important that every employee is understood and treated fairly according to a universally understood law of humanity, which should be taught in management courses in university. Business classes in the future should also be based more on ethics than they are currently. In addition, professors cannot assume that everyone knows and lives by ethics. Those who do not practice business ethics are graduating and becoming managers in influential companies, yet if business ethics and morals were taught within every course of management, it would be more likely that these managers would become better managers. Although many assume that ethics are taught at home, it is important that this is also taught in higher-level education in order to stress its importance for a changing world. With future managers with an education based more in ethics and people, we will see a better trend in the twenty-first century, when both the companies and the employees thrive.

The ideal management course incorporates business ethics, concern for people, and business practices in order to create balanced and well taught managers of the future. Within the class, it is important that the high value of every person is stressed, so that the future managers think no less of those building a product than of those who are running a project or company. Every person should be treated well in the future of management, and this trend can only begin through education. Business ethics are of growing importance in the twenty-first century, and the perfect management course stresses this movement in order to create more informed managers of the future. Each concept learned should be applied to ethics. In addition to concentration on business ethics and human worth, it is important, of course, that strong business practices are taught. If the course is taught properly, balancing the three factors, well-informed and powerful managers will be able to take the reigns in the twenty-first century.

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