Designing a Better Business School: Channelling Herbert Simon, Addressing the Critics, and Developing Actionable Knowledge for Professionalizing Managers

19 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012  

Denise M. Rousseau

Carnegie Mellon University

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

Herbert Simon's 1967 article ‘The business school: a problem in organizational design’ anticipated many of the challenges business schools face today. Critics charge business schools with failing to realize their primary purpose, that is, to produce professional managers. This article revisits what Simon advocated with regard to a core feature of this professionalism, the production of essential management knowledge, and the process of educating people in applying it. With Simon as a guide, this article outlines educational and research interventions to help business schools realize their founding purpose. In doing so, it addresses the distinctive knowledge products that business school research can contribute to the management profession. This article also highlights the key role that evidence‐based management and the related practices of design science play in providing a more complete solution to the design problem Simon identified.

Keywords: bounded rationality, business school, design, evidence based management, Simon

Suggested Citation

Rousseau, Denise M., Designing a Better Business School: Channelling Herbert Simon, Addressing the Critics, and Developing Actionable Knowledge for Professionalizing Managers (May 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 600-618, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01041.x

Denise M. Rousseau (Contact Author)

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

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