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Creating New Knowledge in ManagementAppropriating the Field's Lost Foundations$
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Ellen O'Connor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770750

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770750.001.0001

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The Nineteenth-Century Business School

The Nineteenth-Century Business School

Fall of the Classical and Rise of the Vocational and School of Opportunity Traditions

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(p.35) Chapter 3 The Nineteenth-Century Business School
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Creating New Knowledge in Management
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770750.003.0003

The collegiate school of business (CSB) was established to elevate business training and to make higher education practical. An example of the CSB was the Wharton School of Finance and Economy (WSFE) at the University of Pennsylvania. After five decades of experimentation, however, the business school did not integrate with the college and was used by students to take short courses and earn certificates that would allow them to obtain jobs and promotions in the near term, rather than to earn a degree. The WSFE's efforts in applied social science succeeded as professional social work but not as a business school. Out of the WSFE emerged the vocational school of business (VSB), which broke with the college and partnered with Extension and the School of Opportunity. The VSB attracted students in part by linking education to employment. Although the VSB succeeded with the public, it turned the business school into a rogue actor in the research university.

Keywords:   collegiate school of business, Wharton School of Finance and Economy, University of Pennsylvania, business school, vocational school of business, School of Opportunity, research university, higher education, employment

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