The current chapter is entitled ‘Evaluating management education and business schools in context’: what do we mean exactly by ‘context’? Two different definitions of the term are possible. Firstly, it can refer to a particular space–time location that a person or process is necessarily embedded within. In this sense, we are concerned primarily with industrialized countries, which appear to represent today’s world in its globalised state. However, a ‘context’ can also be understood as a force field that expresses the expectations and actions of different stakeholders. Hence, the society as a whole, businesses, students and faculty are actors whose network precisely defines the context (as the Latin etymology of the term suggests: contexere, meaning literally ‘to weave together’) or ‘fabric’ of management education. Central to our inquiry is how the teaching of a particular discipline in a given physical, geographical, historical and institutional location is positioned.
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