Issue 144 - 03 | Why a Business Education? A Business School Dean’s Manifesto

By Jim Dewald
Published Aug. 10, 2016 10:00 a.m.
“Why a business education? Why do students enter into business school, and what are their expectations? […]

I was surprised and pleased to see in the very first survey that the number one reason why students choose a business school education was that they wanted to make a difference in the world. 83% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with making a difference as a reason for entering business school. The “make a difference” response even beat out “I want to make a lot of money” (76%). Now we have something to work with—students who want to learn the skills and knowledge that will help them change our world. Wow.”

About Jim Dewald | Jim Dewald is the dean of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and an associate professor in strategy and entrepreneurship. Prior to entering academe, he was active in the Calgary business community as the CEO of two major real estate development companies and a leading local engineering consulting practice, and president of a tech-based international real estate brokerage company.

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