How to Reform a Business School - The Ivy League Way: Theory and Practice of Curricular Reform Implementation with an In-depth Case Study of Yale School of Management

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 Within 100 years of its existence, BUSINESS, for better or worse, has become the most popular subject in higher education, sending a larger number of graduates into the economy than any other. Ironically, the most popular discipline is also now the most condemned. Undoubtedly, business schools are at a crossroads and under the scanner. In How to Reform a Business School, Ashish Jaiswal meticulously demonstrates the problems plaguing the world of business schools and brings together the key contextual debates and concepts of foundational theory on the subject of reforms in MBAs.

Jaiswal makes a major methodological contribution to this little-explored field by presenting a novel exploratory framework - which employs a fresh combination of the social constructionist and implementation perspectives - to research the implementation of business school reform. Jaiswal conducts a rigorous in-depth case study of one of the most substantial curricular and pedagogical reforms in business school history: recently undertaken by Yale School of Management. The Yale case study illustrates the forces influencing the development of a unique integrated MBA curriculum at an Ivy League business school and presents the factors that can help business schools around the world in implementing a successful reform. Jaiswal establishes how the perceived identity of a particular business school impacts upon the way in which MBA curricula are evolving.

Ashish Jaiswal presents a strong argument against the monolithic treatment of higher education in the reform literature and urges scholars to focus on departmental idiosyncrasies and the territorial characteristics of subjects, particularly in the MBA where context, market and accreditation dynamics play a vital role. How to Reform a Business School is a must read for business schools wanting to break the shackles of the ordinary and to successfully implement an MBA curriculum relevant in the 21st century.


"There is little doubt that business schools are at a crossroads and looking for answers. Jaiswal's superbly captured Yale School of Management's case study is a must read for business school deans and anyone remotely connected with or interested in reforming business education. Jaiswal meticulously lifts the dark fog surrounding the world of curricular reforms in MBA. The business schools can definitely use How to Reform a Business School as a manual to implement successful reforms. A very important and timely book for business schools.

- Sue Dopson, Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

"MBAs have proved extraordinarily resilient in the last decade - despite having played a role in the education of those often held responsible for the global financial collapse. This book examines the way Yale succeeded in breaking the mould and developing an integrated curriculum that transcended the functional silos which still bedevil the vast majority of MBAs. If you want to know what the future MBA looks like - read this.

- Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership & Management, 
Warwick Business School

"With calls for accountability in Higher Ed increasing, this is a timely look at a curriculum reform at Yale's School of Management. Ashish Jaiswal's duel focus on process and implementation of the MBA curriculum at Yale advances the study of curriculum reform and provides a road map for practitioners. Dr. Jaiswal pulls back the curtain and lets us see what's behind the wizardry at Yale School of Management. Given Yale's resources, prestige and brand, their choices provide a good perspective for MBA programs around the globe.

- William J. Swinton, Director, International Business Studies, 
Temple University, Japan Campus

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About the author, twitter: @ashjaiswal, fb:

Ashish Jaiswal is a Philosopher of Education, Bestselling Author, and a Futurist. Ashish is a scholar in the field of Higher Education and the author of two books - True Dummy – A Fable of Existence and How to Reform a Business School – The Ivy League Way.

True Dummy - A Fable of Existence, a bestseller in India, is an internationally acclaimed inspirational fiction. Following magical realist and allegorical writing style, True Dummy engages with questions about existence, ambition and, the purpose of life.

How to Reform a Business School – The Ivy League Way is Ashish's upcoming book on how a business school can successfully transform itself and rise higher in world rankings. How to Reform a Business School includes an in-depth exclusive case study of the major curricular reforms implemented by world-renowned Yale School of Management, USA. The holistic case study that includes interviews of Yale SOM's faculty members, students and other stakeholders was conducted by Ashish as a visiting scholar at Yale spread over a period of two years.

Ashish's written work has appeared in several publications, including The Guardian, India today and The Hindu and has been covered by international media including BBC - Oxford, CKLN - Toronto, NDTV, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and The Indian Express.

Ashish received his master's degree in Higher Education from Oxford University in 2006 and also his doctorate in business education from New College, Oxford University in 2011. He is currently an Associate Fellow at Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OXCHEPS). OxCHEPS is an independent think tank that works on improving understanding of higher education. Ashish is the founder of The School of Business Schools™ - an upcoming cohort of world thinkers on business education committed to produce ground-breaking research on business schools.

Ashish also advices business schools around the world on improving their pedagogy and curriculum and is one of the leading speakers on future of business schools. Ashish's current research initiative is aimed at bridging the gap between philosophy and business curriculum under which he has developed a unique MBA curriculum elective – Philosophy of Business.

Ashish has spoken and taught all around the world including Hertford, and Christ Church colleges, Oxford University, European School of Economics, Indian Institutes of Management, India, WISE (World Innovation Education Summit), Doha.

In the past, in order to examine the pedagogical innovation in business schools, Ashish has looked into several business schools including London Business School and Cass Business School in the UK. He recently conducted a holistic academic assessment exercise for Said Business School, Oxford University and offered recommendation on how to reform its MBA curriculum.

twitter: @ashjaiswal

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