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The Roots, Rituals, and Rhetorics of ChangeNorth American Business Schools After the Second World War$
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Mie Augier and James G. March

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776165

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776165.001.0001

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A Spirit of Change: Hutchins's University of Chicago

A Spirit of Change: Hutchins's University of Chicago

(p.59) Chapter Four A Spirit of Change: Hutchins's University of Chicago
The Roots, Rituals, and Rhetorics of Change
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This chapter examines the influence of University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins on the reform of business schools in North America. It outlines the reforms Hutchins made at his university and discusses his opinion that higher education should be grounded in fundamental scholarly knowledge and that discipline-based education created barriers to the exciting intellectual opportunities found in interdisciplinary work. This chapter suggests that the leading business school reformers in the 1950s saw an opportunity to restructure management education to make it consistent with Hutchins's perspective and they became committed to fundamental knowledge and interdisciplinarity as essential elements in a reformed business school.

Keywords:   Robert Maynard Huthchins, business schools, North America, University of Chicago, higher education, fundamental knowledge, interdisciplinarity

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