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ERIC Number: EJ797167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-16
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Business Students Should Learn More about Science
Laprise, Shari L.; Winrich, Charles; Sharpe, Norean Radke
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n36 pA35 May 2008
Educators have been giving much-needed attention recently to innovations in the standard M.B.A. and the undergraduate business curriculum. Most notable has been the integration of fundamental courses in the core curriculum--finance, marketing, accounting--to emphasize a more-realistic team approach to learning, and to reflect that managers do not work in "silos" of disciplines once they enter the corporate world. But the actual content of the curriculum has been less hotly debated. In this article, the authors contend that science and technology courses should be added to business-program curriculums to reflect the needs of the modern global marketplace. Scientific education, with its inherent opportunities for exploration, builds on the ability to understand and interpret data using both inductive and deductive reasoning. Moreover, curiosity and creativity shape scientific research and inquiry. Curiosity drives imagination, while creativity drives innovation. The successful integration of those skills is what inspires and motivates scientists and engineers, just as it does entrepreneurs. The notion of including science education within a business curriculum is gaining momentum. For nonscientists, a foundation in science is an important aspect of any career path, including business. More recently employers have begun to realize that, to be successful, high-tech industries need CEO's with managerial expertise as well as scientific proficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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