Carnegie Senior Scholar William Sullivan Blogs for the Harvard Business Review
PREPARING UNDERGRADUATES AS BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
Carnegie Senior Scholar William Sullivan blogs for the Harvard Business Review: Startled by the financial crisis, leaders like to blame the misalignment of business school curricula and b-schools' culture. What seems missing is a sense of professionalism comparable to that in other professions, such as medicine, engineering, and the law, that seek to prepare not technicians but practitioners responsive to the effects of their work on the well-being of society as a whole.
Most of this criticism has been directed toward the Masters of Business Administration programs. Yet undergraduate business programs contribute a far larger number of employees in all sectors of the business world, including finance. For the past several years, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has researched the state of undergraduate business education, comparing it to other forms of professional preparation and exploring its strengths and weaknesses for preparing business practitioners able to take the lead in moving business practice to a higher level of professionalism.