This article presents a synoptic view of the dramatic environmental change which presently confronts Australian management educators. Written at the same time as the landmark Karpin Committee's enquiry into the needs of Australian management into the next century, the discussion echoes many of Karpin's sentiments although it presents the views of educators, which may not always coincide with the views of practitioners. Important issues discussed include: the underlying “philosophy of management education”; the perennial “theory versus practice” debate; the present role of government in influencing the “shape” of management education; the relationship between universities and their industrial clients; the necessity to continuously renew the curriculum; the desirability of collaboration between universities; appropriate use of technology as a delivery mechanism and in the curriculum; the supply of appropriately qualified academics; accreditation; “students as customers” and, finally, the nature of management itself. As might be anticipated, the necessity for business schools to be innovative, flexible and responsive to the dictates of the changing environment is emphasised as is the importance of developing a national character of Australian management education which reflects Australia's needs and position in the global and regional marketplace.
- Business schools
- Management development