ERIC Number: EJ1022509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Management Studies Educational Knowledge: Technical, Elite or Political?
Teaching in Higher Education, v19 n4 p385-396 2014
This paper draws on the technical, elite and political interpretations of the purpose of management, to identify demands for particular forms of educational knowledge in the management studies curriculum. The varied character of this knowledge is discussed using Bernsteinian concepts of verticality, grammaticality, classification and framing, and illustrations from a benchmark statement and MBA programme documentation. It is argued that the development of rational and technical knowledge for management education is confounded by the absence of a definable "profession" of management, which could aid the specification of a body of abstract knowledge. Meanwhile, the promotion of weakly classified and framed forms of elite and political knowledge or "knowing" in management programmes negates the potential for conceptual and contextual coherence in the curriculum, and suggests that the inclusion of forms of rational and technical knowledge may primarily support the consolidation of particular social formations and managerial identities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Education, Educational Theories, Administration, Power Structure, Vertical Organization, Classification, Knowledge Level, Epistemology, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Knowledge Management, Context Effect, Advantaged, Political Issues, Curriculum Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom