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Management development in the humanitarian and development sectors: a postscript

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I recently wrote a blog (and article on LinkedIn) asking the question as to whether conventional forms of management education are relevant for the humanitarian and development sector.

Coincidentally, a few days later I read an article published as part of The Guardian's Long Read programme by Martin Parker arguing that business schools should be bulldozed! The article is well worth a read, but I think it would just be worth summarising some of Martin's comments that are relevant to my own writing.

He points out that there is an overall assumption that "market managerial forms of social order or desirable", and that "capitalism is assumed to be the end of history".

Secondly, it is based on an assumption that humans behave as rational egoists, so techniques for managing them are based on that assumption.

Thirdly, business schools are "places that teach people how to get money out of the pockets of ordinary people and keep it for themselves".

So I think you can see that there are parallels between Martin's (much more informed) argument and my own.



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