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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

Abstract

Purpose

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

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

Lejeune, C. (2011), "Is continuous improvement through accreditation sustainable? A capability‐based view", Management Decision, Vol. 49 No. 9, pp. 1535-1548. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741111173970

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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