Business schools are finally realizing that the development of students’ critical and creative thinking skills is just as important as learning about finance. In the past decade, business executives have realized the value of managers who can think more nimbly across multiple frameworks, cultures and disciplines in a fast-changing, global market.
A very interesting article in the New York Times examines this idea as well as the prominent business schools who have re-evaluated and, in some cases, redesigned their M.B.A. programs around this notion.
Lane Wallace writes: “And while few talk explicitly about taking a liberal arts approach to business, many of the changes are moving business schools into territory more traditionally associated with the liberal arts: multidisciplinary approaches, an understanding of global and historical context and perspectives, a greater focus on leadership and social responsibility and, yes, learning how to think critically.”
An interesting idea—and one that we at Art Center have been exploring for a while now as well. Check out our DOT feature from last year on the topic: “MBA Students Sharpen Their Design IQ”