ERIC Number: ED288448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
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The Ph.D. as Business Manager: Myths and Realities of Education and Leadership.
Reasons that businesses might wish to hire Ph.D.s from the traditional liberal arts disciplines are identified. Ph.D.s from the liberal arts disciplines are able to provide a number of strong management skills and their education prepares them to succeed in the difficult and often changing business environment. Four theses are elaborated: (1) individuals who have completed Ph.D.s in liberal arts disciplines possess a number of attributes whose strength and usefulness to the nonacademic sectors of society have either been underestimated or ignored; (2) the results of graduate humanities and social science education are comparable to programs in management and business administration; (3) the ability to place academics in nonacademic careers need not undermine the autonomy and integrity of the liberal arts in particular, or higher education in general; and (4) the movement of Ph.D.s into business, government, and non-for-profit sectors will enhance greater pluralism in these settings, and sustain democratic institutions. Problems that may hinder a Ph.D.'s success at management include: working as part of a team, relinquishing ownership of the products of their work, and the value generally placed on assertiveness in the business world. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Educators and Scholars (11th, Louisville, KY, October 10-11, 1986).