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Is continuous improvement through accreditation sustainable? A capability‐based view

Christophe Lejeune (EM‐Strasbourg Business School, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 18 October 2011



This paper aims to understand how an external assessment of resources, activities and performance contributes to continuously develop capabilities for business schools.


The EQUIS accreditation framework is reorganized into a capability‐based model for business schools. Next, the case of a business school's experience with EQUIS is used to identify core‐capabilities.


The paper emphasizes three core‐capabilities that are strengthened through the EQUIS accreditation process: strategizing, changing and branding.


The paper argues that an accreditation process characterized by cyclical assessments and floating standards incorporates the features of a sustainable strategy for continuously developing capabilities within business schools.



Lejeune, C. (2011), "Is continuous improvement through accreditation sustainable? A capability‐based view", Management Decision, Vol. 49 No. 9, pp. 1535-1548.



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