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MOOCS and the Online Delivery of Business Education: What's New? What's Not? What Now?

Academy of Management Learning and Education, Forthcoming

Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2634245

44 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2015  

Jonathan Whitaker

University of Richmond, Robins School of Business; University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

J. Randolph New

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: January 16, 2015

Abstract

While the past two decades have produced much promise (and accompanying research) on the use of information technology (IT) in business school courses, it is not entirely clear whether IT has truly 'transformed' management education. There are compelling arguments on both sides. On one hand, advocates for the transformative role of IT can point to several success stories. On the other hand, skeptics on the role of IT in management education can also point to support for their view.

This lack of consensus has led researchers in Academy of Management Learning and Education to call for scholars to confront the bias against online education (Redpath, 2012) and engage in serious research on online education (Arbaugh, DeArmond, & Rau, 2013). In this work, we respond to these calls for research by using Adaptive Structuration Theory to develop a conceptual model of three factors that influence the use of IT in business education. We review prior research for each factor and use the conceptual model to identify implications for the design and delivery of business education. Based on the implications, we offer recommendations and recognize challenges for business schools and faculty related to the use of IT in business education.

Keywords: Business, education, environment, institution, IT, learning, management, MOOC, online, teaching, technology, university

Suggested Citation

Whitaker, Jonathan and New, J. Randolph and Ireland, R. Duane, MOOCS and the Online Delivery of Business Education: What's New? What's Not? What Now? (January 16, 2015). Academy of Management Learning and Education, Forthcoming; Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2634245. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634245

Jonathan Whitaker (Contact Author)

University of Richmond, Robins School of Business ( email )

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University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

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J. Randolph New

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

Richmond, VA 23173
United States

R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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