Reproduction and Change on the Global Scale: A Bourdieusian Perspective on Management Education

29 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2012  

Eero Vaara

Aalto University School of Business

Eric Faÿ

EM Lyon (Ecole de Management de Lyon)

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

Despite a proliferation of critical studies on management education, there is a paucity of knowledge of the ways in which problematic beliefs, values, and practices are reproduced in and through management education. By drawing on and extending Bourdieu's seminal work, this paper offers a new perspective on reproduction on the global scale. Our framework spans three inter‐related levels of analysis: the dominant beliefs, values, and practices (nomos and doxa) of management in global society; the structuration of the field of management education on a global scale; and the prevailing pedagogical practices in management education programmes. Our analysis adds to critical studies of management education by elucidating the overwhelming institutional forces of reproduction and thus explaining how difficult it is to effect change in the prevailing ideas, values, and practices. Unlike most critical analyses, we also explain how change might take place and what it would require. Thus, our analysis advances studies of reproduction in this era of globalization more generally. It also provides an example of how Bourdieusian ideas can be applied and expanded upon in novel ways in research on education in general and management education in particular.

Keywords: capital, field, globalization, ideology, management education, practice

Suggested Citation

Vaara, Eero and Faÿ, Eric, Reproduction and Change on the Global Scale: A Bourdieusian Perspective on Management Education (September 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 6, pp. 1023-1051, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101918 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01049.x

Eero Vaara

Aalto University School of Business ( email )

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Helsinki, 00101
Finland

Eric Faÿ

EM Lyon (Ecole de Management de Lyon) ( email )

23 Ave Guy de Collongue
Ecully, 69134
France

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