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An action‐oriented approach to business education

Cameron M. Ford (Faculty of Management, Rutgers ‐ The State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, USA)
dt ogilvie (Faculty of Management, Rutgers ‐ The State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 April 1997

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Abstract

Argues that expertise based solely on rational, quantitative approaches to decision making problematic in rapidly changing business environments that arrest the tools of forecasting, analysis and planning. Where managers must take action in the face of considerable ambiguity, they must justify decisions on “gut instincts”, “best guesses” and other qualitative considerations. Unfortunately, traditional management education is primarily based on quantitative approaches to analysis and planning that may be ineffectual in ambiguous environments. Discusses an alternative approach to management education and training that seeks to blend analytic rigour with insight, intuition, creativity and learning‐by‐doing. Compares assumptions underlying traditional and action‐oriented approaches, and provides examples that suggest how management education and training can enhance their relevance by balancing quantitative and qualitative methods of decision making.

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Ford, C.M. and ogilvie, d. (1997), "An action‐oriented approach to business education", Career Development International, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 80-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620439710163662

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MCB UP Ltd

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