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Herbert a. Simon on What Ails Business Schools: More than ‘A Problem in Organizational Design’

21 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012  

Rakesh Khurana

Harvard Business School

J. C. Spender

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

We critically examine Herbert Simon's 1967 essay, ‘The business school: a problem in organizational design’. We consider this essay within the context of Simon's key ideas about organizations, particularly those closely associated with the ‘Carnegie perspective’ on organizations and how they influenced the reinvention of American business schools in the post‐Second World War era, and were deeply influenced by the post‐War context and also were appropriated by the Ford and Carnegie Foundations to reform business school teaching and research. We argue that management educators misappropriated Simon's concept of an intellectually robust and relevant research and educational agenda for business schools that has in part contributed to the intellectual stasis that now characterizes business education research and its capacity to inform management practice.

Keywords: Carnegie perspective, management education, sociology of knowledge

Suggested Citation

Khurana, Rakesh and Spender, J. C., Herbert a. Simon on What Ails Business Schools: More than ‘A Problem in Organizational Design’ (May 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 619-639, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042387 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01040.x

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J. C. Spender

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