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The Liberal Arts and Management Education

The Liberal Arts and Management Education
A Global Agenda for Change


  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108473156

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  • Calling for the transformation of undergraduate education, Thomas and Harney argue that the liberal arts should be integrated into the traditional management curriculum to blend technical and analytic acumen with creativity, critical thinking, and ethical intelligence. In describing their vision for a new Liberal Management Education, the authors demonstrate how a holistic pedagogy that does not sacrifice one wealth of learning for another instead encourages participation and integration to the benefit of students and society.  Global in sweep, the book provides case studies of successfully implemented experimental courses in Asia and Britain, as well as a speculative chapter on how an African Liberal Management Education could take shape, based on African-centred principles and histories.  Finally, the book argues that the stakes of this agenda go beyond mere curricular reform and pedagogical innovation and speak directly to the environmental, business, political, and social challenges we face today.

    • Introduces the concept of Liberal Management Education
    • Provides real world examples of how Liberal Management Education has been successfully implemented
    • Gives Liberal Management Education a global range, increasing its versatility and applicability  across different cultural zones
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108473156
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Liberal Management Education Today:
    1.Towards a Liberal Management Education: arguing the case
    2. Implementing liberal management education
    3. Singapore Management University, a case study
    4. The School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, A Case Study
    Part II. The Liberal Heritage of Management Education:
    5. Forgotten Kinships
    6. Running in the Family
    7.The Demotics of Management
    Part III. The Future of Liberal Management Education:
    8. From Ethics to Liberal Arts in Today's University
    9. Towards an African Management Education
    10. Conclusion

  • Authors

    Howard Thomas, Singapore Management University
    Howard Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Management Education  at Singapore Management University, and the Ahmass Fakahany Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Leadership at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University USA. He is a highly cited scholar, with fellowship awards from the U.S. Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Directors.  He was also awarded the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Academy of Management in 2013, and the Strategic Leadership Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2014. 

    Stefano Harney, Singapore Management University
    Stefano Harney is Honorary Professor in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia.  He is also a Visiting Critic at Yale University Art School, and a Professor at the European Graduate School. He is co-author of The Undercommons: fugitive planning and black study (with Fred Moten, 2013).  He runs the reading camp and art project Ground Provisions with Tonika Sealy Thompson.  He co-founded School for Study a nomadic collective of university teachers experimenting with co-teaching.  

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