Can civility be taught to Latin-American MBAs? Implications of case-method use for the development of civic behaviour in managerial education

  • María Helena Jaén, Ezequiel Reficco, Marcela Ossa
  • Management Decision, October 2014, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/md-08-2013-0424

What is it about?

The study seeks to readdress the existing imbalance between the cognitive and the formative aspects of education, placing emphasis on the latter. The paper proposes that, other things being equal, MBA programs that make intensive and systematic use of the case method will foster civility among students. Through the iterative practices embedded in the case method, students internalize a number of behavioral predispositions that form the basis of civic behavior.

Why is it important?

This paper calls for an approach in managerial education that goes beyond the transmission of knowledge. In particular, the paper emphasize the importance of seeing the MBA as “little schools of democracy,” where civic-oriented inclinations can take root in future business leaders. This finding carries substantial implications for business schools and professors, in Latin America and beyond.

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