Isabelle Fagnot

Unstoppable Technology: The Future of Management Education Worldwide

Posted September 09, 2015 by Isabelle Fagnot - Assistant Professor and Head of Accreditation - IESEG School of Management

The future of business schools and management education worldwide can be looked at through various lenses. Through the lens of technology, I examine how this aspect of society has changed and will continue to shape management education, particularly in the way we lead.

Technology has impacted the rules of business in a multitude of ways, for instance, in how we market our programs. Prospective students are more mobile and have greater access to information than ever. The trend in students’ mobility has been increasing over the past decades and will continue to do so in the years to come. Prospective students from all over the world can choose to apply to schools in any part of the world and select schools that offer traditional (on-campus) and/or less traditional (distance education, MOOCs, etc.) educational programs. Schools, especially those with a great international outreach, have had to adapt their marketing strategies and program portfolios to keep up with a broader competition.

Access to information, data collection, and in many cases big data management have not only impacted marketing strategies but have also impacted the way we manage and keep secure an increasing amount of sensitive information on students, faculty, and staff, as well as confidential information on school strategy. Technology in the information age has challenged the definition of ethics. The question of information security touches several aspects of management education. How do you ensure the security of students and employees records? How do you define a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for faculty and staff? How do you ensure that employees and students will behave ethically?

New technologies have also changed how we teach. On one hand, in the classroom we have had to adapt our teaching methods to technology-savvy and “technology-addicted” students. Students come to class with their laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices. On the other hand, advances in technology have impacted how we deliver knowledge in a more diverse classroom—with options for hybrid courses, distance courses, MOOCs, etc.

Business school leaders, faculty and staff, students, and other management education professionals will continue to be challenged and enriched by new technologies. AACSB has been a pioneer in addressing these issues by offering forum spaces for discussions, hosting key note addresses and presentations at conferences, publishing BizEd articles, and reflecting the changing environment of management education in the 2013 accreditation standards.

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