Archive for February, 2009

Please enquire

February 10, 2009

Professor Colin Mayer, the dean of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, says that business schools have failed to instil a sense of inquisitiveness into their students (see article) and that is one reason for the corporate failures we have seen in recent months. After all, many of the problems that the banks faced came around because senior managers simply didn’t understand the nature of what they were selling.

But is inquisitiveness something that can be taught? Are business schools, which often grade students on class participation, producing graduates with the self-belief to say “I don’t understand.” Or does the battle for “airtime” in lecture theatres work against this?

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