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|Title:||Professionalizing global management for the twenty-first century|
|Author(s):||Ángel Cabrera, (Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona, USA), David Bowen, (Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona, USA)|
|Citation:||Ángel Cabrera, David Bowen, (2005) "Professionalizing global management for the twenty-first century", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 24 Iss: 9, pp.791 - 806|
|Keywords:||Competences, Management development, Professional education, Professional qualifications|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/02621710510621303 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper seeks to argue that global management should be considered by practitioners, educators, regulators and society at large as a true professional discipline. While in its current form it may not meet all the defining criteria of a profession, true professionalism is the best guiding principle as progress is made.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews recent critiques of management education, synthesizes the generally agreed criteria of a profession, and applies that framework to the case of management.
Findings – Global management needs to further develop a body of knowledge that is both theoretically grounded and instrumental for practice; it needs to raise the bar in terms of professional qualification through existing accrediting bodies; and it needs to articulate and formally adopt a set of core values and principles of conduct, determining how it serves the broader interest of society.
Originality/value – It is important that all key actors assume true professionalism as a guiding principle for the future. The challenges ahead need to consider the ongoing construction of a solid body of knowledge, the revision of MBA degree requirements and the establishment of a set of core transcendental values that should guide professional practice. Academic institutions and practising executives alike must share a commitment to building a global management knowledge base that will not only improve the quality of management practice, but also earn management its
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