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ERIC Number: EJ870797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Employer Engagement Practices of UK Business Schools and Departments: An Empirical Investigation
Bennett, Roger; Kane, Suzanne
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v61 n4 p495-516 Dec 2009
A survey of managers in charge of employer engagement activities in UK business schools and departments was completed to ascertain: (1) the employer engagement methods that were most commonly used by institutions; (2) business school managers' attitudes towards employers' involvement in course design; and (3) the respondents' perceptions of the benefits and problems connected with employer engagement programmes. Possible antecedents of the extent of a business school or department's engagement with employers were examined together with the link between the extent of engagement and the actual level of employment of a university's business graduates. Hypothesised determinants of the extent of employer engagement included top management's predilections towards employability matters, a business school's "organisational distance" from the corporate world, financial circumstances, and the size and age of the institution. A model to explain the extent of a business school or department's employer engagement was constructed and tested. It emerged that managerial predilections and a university's financial situation exerted especially powerful effects on the extent of engagement. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom