A qualitative exploration of management education: Business school offerings in comparison to employer expectations

by LaPrince, Shelly L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 133 pages; 3568149


The exploratory qualitative research study explored management education business school offerings in comparison to employer expectations. Through the lens of alumni and human-resources personnel participants, the research examined the skills deemed as transferrable to the workplace and competencies that undergraduate-management education alumni lack upon entry into the workplace. This research study used interviewing as the data-collection method to explore the experiences of undergraduate business-school alumni from two universities, which from here on out will be referred to as University A and University B, as well as human-resources personnel from the states where these universities are located. Existing literature relating to the effectiveness of management education programs did not fully address the problem at the undergraduate level. The findings of this study reaffirmed the need for employers, business school administrators, and faculty to increase collaborative efforts to ensure that undergraduate business-school program competencies are aligned with employer expectations.

AdviserLilburn Hoehn
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Business education; Higher education
Publication Number3568149

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