Rhetoric of crisis is ‘narcissistic’ and ‘self-serving’, says University Professor of Management

Posted by er134 at Jul 29, 2013 03:10 PM |
Professor Carl Rhodes warns against doom-mongering and emphasises need to preserve individualism and creative management teaching in talk
Rhetoric of crisis is ‘narcissistic’ and ‘self-serving’, says University Professor of Management

Professor Carl Rhodes

Talk of crisis often primarily serves those who spread it, Professor Carl Rhodes of University of Leicester’s School of Management has said in a talk at St. Gallen University.  Far from serving any educational purpose, the rhetoric of crisis in management education today actually hinders positive change, casting educational managers as saviours while ignoring individual educators, despite them being the central figure in a student’s education

On the contrary, Rhodes argues, management education works best when individual educators take the initiative to draw on a wide repertoire of inspirations and perspectives, rather than being dictated to by university managers or limited by only instrumental knowledge.  The key to good teaching is not an assembly line built around standardized curricula, but individualistic teachers: the kind students will remember years after their degree.

“Management is a practice and phenomena, not a scholarly discipline” said Rhodes, ”so the way we teach it can be informed broadly from perspectives such as, for example, cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy or sociology”.  What is important, he argued,  is not to reproduce a narrow and functional perspective on management, but to allow students to interrogate and critique professional practice.  In short, far from popular conceptions of business as rigid and conservative, management teaching, Rhodes argues, should be broad and liberal—more rule breaking than rule making.

You can now watch Professor Rhodes's talk below

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