Teaching history in business schools: 1982-2003

David Van Fleet, Daniel A. Wren

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A long tradition in business schools is teaching the history of business or business disciplines. However, surveys over the past quarter century suggest that such teaching is becoming less common - to the detriment of our students, particularly doctoral students. We trace that tradition and present the results of two major surveys that indicate a current decline in teaching the history of business disciplines. We offer reasons and examples to support our position that we need to study history not only to gain a historical perspective but also the ability to think critically about current problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-56
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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