UK Business and Management Education

Charting the impressive growth of UK business and management education

We look at a new study of business schools in the United Kingdom

The Association of Business Schools (ABS), in conjunction with Emerald Publishing, has just launched ‘The History of UK Business and Management Education' by Allan Williams.

Professor Williams, Emeritus Professor at Cass Business School, City University London, has previous published works relating to human resources management and organisational development, and more recently to leadership and organisational histories.


The History of UK Business and Management Education is in four parts:

  • Part 1 is an historic overview identifying the milestones in the last two centuries, with particular attention being paid to the twentieth century. The impressive growth of management education in the last fifty years would not have taken place without the creation of supportive institutions. Through their regulatory and informative roles these institutions ensured that growth was accompanied by high standards in teaching and research, thus enabling business schools to make effective contributions to the social and economic needs of society.
  • These supportive institutions, for example the Association of Business Schools and the Association of MBAs, are discussed in Part 2, as are the professional institutions associated with business and management education, such as the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Part 3 focuses on the growth of knowledge-based management education, and illustrates how systematic research has contributed to the content and methods of management education. The historical roles of academic and applied bodies such as the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, the Association of Teachers of Management and the British Academy of Management are discussed.
  • Part 4 considers the national and international standing of UK business schools. Trends in the quality ratings of business schools, as revealed by various public assessments and media rankings, are explored. A selection of business school histories are examined in an effort to identify factors that have influenced their chosen strategies and subsequent development.

Establishing a UK model

“This is a book,” says ABS Chief Executive Jonathan Slack, “that draws together the main influences that have resulted in the impressive emergence of business schools in the UK, and identifies the main institutions and individuals involved. While the American influence on the development of UK business schools is acknowledged, the emphasis in this book is on UK contributions.”

ABS represents all the business schools in the UK, collectively providing business and management education for over 250,000 students a year. It is a member of the European Quality Link (EQUAL) - the international association of quality assessment and accreditation agencies in the field of European management education.

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The History of UK Business and Management Education, by Allan Williams, is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, price £35.95

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