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Business schools have earned their reputation for encouraging avarice and evading ethical responsibilities – and no performance improvement plan is going to correct their deficiencies. So argues Martin Parker, author of Against Management and Shut Down the Business School and a professor of management with 20-plus years’ experience in British business schools. Parker outlines the ways these programs fail, how they’ve betrayed their graduates and society, and why the world would be better off without them. MBA insiders and apologists will likely shake off Parker’s critique, but for readers who share the author’s concerns, getAbstract recommends this impassioned and scathing j’accuse.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why universities should abolish their business schools,
  • What these schools really teach and
  • What the world needs instead.

About the Author

Martin Parker has taught at business schools since 1995, including at Warwick, Leicester and Keele universities. He is currently a management professor at the University of Bristol, England.



Business schools have come under criticism for years, even from within their own walls. Employers, commentators and business school professors have leveled serious charges against these schools for their curricula, their social and economic effects, their commercialism and their toleration for dishonesty. But criticisms usually don’t reach to the root of the problem with business schools: They teach a destructive ideology, one that’s causing widespread damage in the world.

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