Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'UK Business Schools Face a Big Shakeout'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'UK Business Schools Face a Big Shakeout'

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The UK's business schools risk becoming embroiled in a "race to the bottom", which not all of them will survive, unless they reimagine their mission, a new paper warns.

Ken Starkey, of Nottingham University Business School, and Christophe Lejeune, of the European Foundation for Management Development, argue that business schools have historically fared well because they have faced little "disruptive" competition and have attracted growing numbers of international students. They say this has allowed UK universities to use business schools as "cash cows" and to rely on imitating leading institutions' emphasis on research, doctoral programmes and MBAs.

However, in their paper, "Back down to earth? Business school leadership in a time of disruption", Professor Starkey and Dr Lejeune identify the emergence of cheaper international and private providers and increasing online provision as a significant threat to the sector.

They suggest that in this scenario, UK business schools are likely to become "less competitive and less interesting to better informed students with a proliferation of choice and delivery models". …

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