The MBA: “A Master’s Degree a Mile Deep and an Inch Wide”: A Reflection on MBA Curricula in South African Business Schools
AbstractThis article investigates the curricula of MBA programmes in South Africa business schools. It is based on a study in which telephonic interviews and content on the business schools’ curricula was analysed using content analysis. From this, there are 14 common modules in South African business schools. The knowledge and skills offered could be necessary but not sufficient for managerial roles given a deficiency in interpersonal skills and dispositions in the menu of current offerings at business schools. This article argues that the occupation of managerial roles either at junior or senior level is situational and circumstantial or may not be directly linked to the acquisition of an MBA. Issues of the environment and entrepreneurship are critical for the development of countries; however, they appear on the sidelines as an afterthought among the current offerings albeit topical and contemporary in current circumstances. This article recommends that business schools must continuously consult with stakeholders - current students, alumni, employers and others in order for their programmes to remain relevant in the market and in practice.
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