From Higher Aims to Hired Hands

Should it be? Can it be? This major work of social and intellectual history reveals how such questions have driven business education and shaped American management and society for more than a century. The book is also a call for reform.


Author: Rakesh Khurana

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400830869

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 568

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Is management a profession? Should it be? Can it be? This major work of social and intellectual history reveals how such questions have driven business education and shaped American management and society for more than a century. The book is also a call for reform. Rakesh Khurana shows that university-based business schools were founded to train a professional class of managers in the mold of doctors and lawyers but have effectively retreated from that goal, leaving a gaping moral hole at the center of business education and perhaps in management itself. Khurana begins in the late nineteenth century, when members of an emerging managerial elite, seeking social status to match the wealth and power they had accrued, began working with major universities to establish graduate business education programs paralleling those for medicine and law. Constituting business as a profession, however, required codifying the knowledge relevant for practitioners and developing enforceable standards of conduct. Khurana, drawing on a rich set of archival material from business schools, foundations, and academic associations, traces how business educators confronted these challenges with varying strategies during the Progressive era and the Depression, the postwar boom years, and recent decades of freewheeling capitalism. Today, Khurana argues, business schools have largely capitulated in the battle for professionalism and have become merely purveyors of a product, the MBA, with students treated as consumers. Professional and moral ideals that once animated and inspired business schools have been conquered by a perspective that managers are merely agents of shareholders, beholden only to the cause of share profits. According to Khurana, we should not thus be surprised at the rise of corporate malfeasance. The time has come, he concludes, to rejuvenate intellectually and morally the training of our future business leaders.

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

For a comprehensive history of higher education, see Dorn, For the Common
Good. ... business schools that I have come across is Rakesh Khurana, From
Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business
Schools ...


Author: Steven Conn

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501742088

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Do business schools actually make good on their promises of "innovative," "outside-the-box" thinking to train business leaders who will put society ahead of money-making? Do they help society by making better business leaders? No, they don't, Steven Conn asserts, and what's more they never have. In throwing down a gauntlet on the business of business schools, Conn's Nothing Succeeds Like Failure examines the frictions, conflicts, and contradictions at the heart of these enterprises and details the way business schools have failed to resolve them. Beginning with founding of the Wharton School in 1881, Conn measures these schools' aspirations against their actual accomplishments and tells the full and disappointing history of missed opportunities, unmet aspirations, and educational mistakes. Conn then poses a set of crucial questions about the role and function of American business schools. The results aren't pretty. Posing a set of crucial questions about the function of American business schools, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure is pugnacious and controversial. Deeply researched and fun to read, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure argues that the impressive façades of business school buildings resemble nothing so much as collegiate versions of Oz. Conn pulls back the curtain to reveal a story of failure to meet the expectations of the public, their missions, their graduates, and their own lofty aspirations of producing moral and ethical business leaders.

What s the Point of College

Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation
of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a
Profession (Princeton, NJ, 2007). 12. Beryl A. Radin, Challenging the ...


Author: Johann N. Neem

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9781421429885

Category: Education

Page: 232

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Exploring how we can ensure that America's colleges remain places for intellectual inquiry and reflection, Neem does not just provide answers to the big questions surrounding higher education—he offers readers a guide for how to think about them.


... Returns (New York, 1994); Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands
: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled
Promise of Management as a Profession (Princeton, 2007); Kimberly Phillips-
Fein, ...


Author: Edward J. Balleisen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691183077

Category: History

Page: 496

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In America, fraud has always been a key feature of business, and the national worship of entrepreneurial freedom complicates the task of distinguishing salesmanship from deceit. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America—and the evolving efforts to combat it—from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. This unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern institutions to protect consumers and investors—from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including corporate accounting scandals and the mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without encouraging a corrosive level of cheating, Fraud reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust.

Accounting for Slavery

Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands (Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press, 2007), 96. On the development of management consulting, see
Christopher D. McKenna, The World's Newest Profession: Management ...


Author: Caitlin Rosenthal

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674241657

Category: History

Page: 295

View: 640

Caitlin Rosenthal explores quantitative management practices on West Indian and Southern plantations, showing how planter-capitalists built sophisticated organizations and used complex accounting tools. By demonstrating that business innovation can be a byproduct of bondage Rosenthal further erodes the false boundary between capitalism and slavery.

Business Week

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Rethinking the MBA

Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, 311; and Jeffrey Pfeffer and
Christina T. Fong, “The End of Business Schools? Less Success Than Meets the
Eye,” Academy of Management Learning and Education 1 (2002): 78–96. 9.
Warren G.


Author: Srikant Datar

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781422158760

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 120

"Business Schools Face Test of Faith." "Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?" As these headlines make clear, business education is at a major crossroads. For decades, MBA graduates from top-tier schools set the standard for cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. Now the business world has changed, say the authors of Rethinking the MBA, and MBA programs must change with it. Increasingly, managers and recruiters are questioning conventional business education. Their concerns? Among other things, MBA programs aren't giving students the heightened cultural awareness and global perspectives they need. Newly minted MBAs lack essential leadership skills. Creative and critical thinking demand far more attention. In this compelling and authoritative new book, the authors: · Document a rising chorus of concerns about business schools gleaned from extensive interviews with deans and executives, and from a detailed analysis of current curricula and emerging trends in graduate business education · Provide case studies showing how leading MBA programs have begun reinventing themselves for the better · Offer concrete ideas for how business schools can surmount the challenges that come with reinvention, including securing faculty with new skills and experimenting with new pedagogies Rich with examples and thoroughly researched, Rethinking the MBA reveals why and how business schools must define a better pathway for the future.

Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice

His most recent book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transforma-
tion of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Manage- ment
as a Profession (2007: Princeton University Press), chronicles the evolution of ...


Author: Nitin Nohria

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 9781422138793

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 848

View: 192

The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice seeks to bridge this disconnect. Based on the Harvard Business School Centennial Colloquium “Leadership: Advancing an Intellectual Discipline†and edited by Harvard Business School professors Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, this volume brings together the most important scholars from fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, economics, and history to take stock of what we know about leadership and to set an agenda for future research.

Higher Ambition

See Michael Beer, High Commitment, High Performance: How to Build a
Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass,
2009). 3. Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social
Transformation ...


Author: Michael Beer

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781422142325

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 600

Meeting the new standard for leadership. Higher Ambition is required reading for every leader who refuses to compromise between people and performance. Choosing one or the other may have worked in the past, but it won’t work now. As global competition stiffens and businesses face increased public scrutiny and renewed government regulation, leaders must win on all fronts—with their people, their customers, their communities, and their shareholders. In short, they must deliver superior economic and social value. Brimming with powerful stories and thoughtful advice from CEOs themselves, Higher Ambition equips leaders with the practical insights they need to meet this new and higher standard. The authors, an international team of experts from leading business schools and consultancies, offer a unique view into the minds of some of the most successful and insightful leaders of our time: CEOs from vanguard companies around the world that have demonstrated the distinctive ability to do good while also doing well. These organizations are as diverse as Standard Chartered Bank, Infosys, Volvo, Cummins, IKEA, the Tata Group, and Campbell’s Soup. Readers will learn the principles and practices these pioneering leaders are using to: • Build enduring enterprises that simultaneously solve for people and profits • Forge winning strategies that leverage their companies’ unique cultural and human capabilities • Dramatically raise the aspirations and ambitions of their people • Energize and align their diverse global firms • Relentlessly upgrade leadership capabilities throughout their organizations Drawing on the author team’s extensive research and in-depth interviews with successful leaders from around the globe, this provocative new book is poised to become a management classic in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Built to Last.

Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education

Khurana (2007), in his careful history of business schools in the U.S., From
Higher Aims to Hired Hands, draws essentially the same conclusion: “Institutions
charged with educating and developing professionals (or leaders for that matter)


Author: Michael Fullan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470472040

Category: Education

Page: 170

View: 731

In Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education, international authorities on organizational change Michael Fullan and Geoff Scott reveal how campus leaders can proactively meet the challenges and expectations facing their institutions. They show how certain leadership capabilities and change-capable cultures in higher education institutions must mirror each other—for the benefit of students and their futures, and for the academy and society. The authors draw on a solid knowledge base of change, which advocates for stimulating and integrating strong moral purpose and equally strong partnerships and relationships inside and outside the academy.

Everybody s Business Reclaiming True Management Skills in Business Higher Education

Khurana, Rakesh, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation
of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a
Profession, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2010. Kilmann, Ralph H.


Author: I. Mitroff

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137412058

Category: Education

Page: 123

View: 304

Everybody's Business is a succinct analysis of the factors that led to the founding of American business schools and why they are the way they are. Mitroff, Alpaslan, and O'Connor consider why current business schools do not give students the knowledge and the tools they need to deal with today's complex, messy problems and systems.

California Management Review

The latest criticism comes from Rakesh Khurana at the Harvard Business School
whose well - researched book From Higher Aims to Hired Hands reviews over
100 years of business education . He argues that business schools have strayed




ISBN: UCSD:31822037772092

Category: Industrial management


View: 330

Bright sided

Quoted in Rakesh Khurana, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social
Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of
Management as a Profession (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007), 303.


Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781429942539

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 158

Barbara Ehrenreich's Bright-sided is a sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism Americans are a "positive" people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to "prosper" you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—contributed directly to the current economic crisis. With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" thoughts. On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.


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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2007 ) . 16 Khurana , R. From Higher
Aims to Hired Hands . The Social Transformation of the American Business
Schools and ...


Author: Alex Brassey

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215508016

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

View: 180

This book is a provocative examination of the idea of greed from various perspectives, drawing together experts from academia, politics and business. Greed explores whether the desire for material possession in post-industrial economies is a positive or a negative phenomenon and considers the implications of greed on society and the global economy.

University of British Columbia Law Review

... elements of common sense within a larger and larger share of the political and
economic establishment , including not ... Rakesh Khurana , From Higher Aims to
Hired Hands ( Princeton : Princeton University Press , 2007 ) ; Jessica Leight ...


Author: University of British Columbia


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Category: Law reviews


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European Economic Elites

Americanization in European High - Technoloy Management Education ,
Cambridge 2004 ; Rakesh Khurana , From Higher Aims to Hired Hands . The
Social Transformation of Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of
Management as ...


Author: Friederike Sattler


ISBN: NWU:35556039856141

Category: Capitalists and financiers

Page: 594

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Proceedings of a conference held at the Zentrum fèur Zeithistorische Forschung in Postdam, November 2007.

We Have Never Been Neoliberal

Source : Rakesh Khurana ( 2007 ) From Higher Aims to Hired Hands : The Social
Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of
Management as Profession . Princeton : Princeton University Press , p.310 . a ...


Author: Kean Birch


ISBN: UCLA:L0108284738

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

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How to understand the crisis and stop the top 1% all at the same time.

Moral Markets

His forthcoming book , From Higher Aims to Hired Hands ( Princeton University
Press , 2007 ) , is a sociological and intellectual history of American business
schools . Professor Khurana received his B.S. from Cornell University and his
A.M. ...


Author: Paul J. Zak


ISBN: STANFORD:36105124005955

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

View: 372

Drawing on converging evidence from neuroscience, social science, biology, law, and philosophy, Moral Markets makes the case that modern market exchange works only because most people, most of the time, act virtuously. --from publisher description

The Economist

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Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession.
By Rakesh Khurana. Princeton University Press; 542 pages; $35 and £19 A
Harvard ...




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Category: Economic history


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From higher aims to hired hands : the social transformation of American business
schools and the unfulfilled promise of ... history of the plight of business school
education in the context of a broader framework of American higher education .




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