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Capitalizing Knowledge

Capitalizing Knowledge: Essays on the History of Business Education in Canada

Copyright Date: 2000
Pages: 152
  • Book Info
    Capitalizing Knowledge
    Book Description:

    The history of eight Canadian business faculties are examined through a series of essays in their search for professional legitimacy.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7271-0
    Subjects: Business

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-2)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 3-10)

    Management education in Canada has grown considerably since the Second World War. Canadian historians have frequently reflected upon the importance of professional disciplines like law, engineering, or education, but they have displayed scant interest in management as an academic subject. Most references in print to Canadian faculties of business administration have been oblique comments in the broad histories published about their universities. In contrast, numerous monographs are available for American developments, studies which survey general patterns or chronicle events at specific institutions.

    Several issues probably account for the lack of published materials about Canadian practices. First, ʹmanagement educationʹ can be...

  6. 1 Culture of Utility: The Development of Business Education in Canada
    (pp. 11-86)

    The emergence of managerial capitalism during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a complex form of social evolution. Modern corporate enterprise, which has internalized many of the functions previously carried out by small independent firms, has relied upon hierarchies of salaried executives to coordinate flows of goods or allocate resources among diverse operations, thereby substituting the visible hand of professional management for the invisible hand of market forces. Because this form of business requires more administrative positions than can be staffed by investors or entrepreneurs, the educational backgrounds of individuals have steadily assumed greater importance as criteria for hiring and...

  7. 2 The Founding of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal
    (pp. 87-100)

    The École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (HÉC) has been affiliated with the Université de Montréal since 1915, but remains an autonomous institution funded by Québecʹs Ministère de lʹÉducation in the same capacity as a university. The director of HÉC is a member of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities (CREPUQ). The schoolʹs enrolment now exceeds 9000, including 7000 undergraduates, some 550 MBA students, and about 105 Ph.D. students.¹ The HÉC faculty consists of 170 full-time professors supported by 250 part-time lecturers. Ever since its founding in 1907, the school was designed to have a university...

  8. 3 Business Education at Queenʹs, 1889–1988
    (pp. 101-145)

    This chapter examines the development of educational programs for business at Queenʹs University. The university introduced political and economic science as a component of undergraduate education during the late nineteenth century, and in 1919 it became the first Canadian institution to supply a complete baccalaureate program in commerce. Across the following eighty years, the faculty members developed a complex set of intramural offerings and extension services despite small size, limited resources, and a lack of close proximity to the commercial centres of Canada or the United States. Despite the broader reputation of Queenʹs as an educational institution, in many ways...

  9. 4 From Commerce to Management: The Evolution of Business Education at the University of Toronto
    (pp. 146-166)

    The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto has evolved into a full-service business school. Its roots can be traced back to the Diploma in Commerce established by the Department of Political Economy in the Faculty of Arts during 1901. It now supplies a full-time and a part-time MBA program, an Executive MBA degree, an MMPA (Master of Management and Professional Accounting) program, a PhD program, various executive development initiatives, joint responsibility with the Faculty of Arts and Science for two undergraduate commerce and finance programs (BCom. or Major in Commerce taken as part of a...

  10. 5 From the Faculty of Administrative Studies to the Schulich School of Business: The Origin and Evolution of Professional Education for Managers at York University
    (pp. 167-187)

    When Murray Ross became the first president of York University in 1959 he brought to higher education in Canada a philosophy somewhat different from that which historically prevailed in most of the nation. Rather than viewing the traditional British universities – Oxford and Cambridge – as the institutions to be emulated, Ross was convinced that in the latter half of the twentieth century Canada needed universities that were modelled on the great state institutions of the United States.¹ The characteristics of the latter were accessibility – many were, for years, essentially tuition-free – and public funding. Since the universities were...

  11. 6 The Evolution of Management Education in a Small Canadian University: The School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University
    (pp. 188-208)

    This chapter has two parts. The first traces the evolution of the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, while the second examines the nature of leadership processes within the school.¹

    The evolution of management education at Wilfrid Laurier University is the story of a small department that prospered in the face of unique challenges and circumstances. The purposes of this research project were both descriptive and analytic: to chronicle the key changes and events in the school from its inception, and to discover and analyse the processes by which these changes came about. We should note some...

  12. 7 Development by Design: A History of the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary, 1967–1991
    (pp. 209-238)

    The Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary (initially known as the Faculty of Business) formally came into existence on 1 July 1967. During the period from 1967 to 1991 the faculty was committed to creating a strong professional school, as evidenced by its focus on management practice, close links to the business community, and curriculum development in accordance with the accreditation standards of the AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business). The evolution and growth of the faculty followed from a series of initiatives involving both the academic and business communities as well as the Government of...

  13. 8 Business Studies at Saint Maryʹs University: Progress with a Human Touch
    (pp. 239-251)

    Saint Maryʹs University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is rooted in the historical traditions and teachings of the de La Salle Brothers, the Irish Christian Brothers, and, more recently, the Jesuit order. A tradition of Christian social concern has influenced the universityʹs relationship with the local community over the years. This chapter traces the evolution of commerce studies at Saint Maryʹs University, describing it in both the context of its historical traditions and the development of business schools elsewhere in the country.¹

    Originally, in 1802, the mission of the founder, Reverend Edmund Burke, was to offer the Irish Catholics of Halifax...

  14. 9 Tracking History and Strategy at Memorialʹs Faculty of Business
    (pp. 252-265)

    The history of business/management education at Memorial University of Newfoundland is described and analysed here utilizing a tracking methodology and the strategy concept. A description of an organizationʹs past should not only outline historical events, but also provide an analysis of those events. In order to accomplish the first of these objectives, this chapter describes the history by utilizing a ʹtrackingʹ method,¹ and explains this historical record by analysing it in terms of Mintzbergʹs definition of strategy as ʹa pattern in a stream of decisionsʹ² and his reference to the process as one of ʹcrafting strategy.ʹ³

    The ʹtrackingʹ methodology was...

  15. 10 The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, 1957–1999
    (pp. 266-294)

    The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) is the national association of Canadian university management professors. ASAC has promoted, and evolved with, the development of management education as an academic discipline in Canada. Currently, ASAC is structured to emphasize the activities of its functional divisions, similar to its American counterpart the Academy of Management (AoM), although the processes that evolved at ASAC, since its inception in 1957, are different in several ways. ASAC has included the functional areas of marketing, finance, and information systems and, until 1978, accounting, which the Academy has not. ASAC is bilingual and tries to balance...

  16. 11 Canadian Management Education at the Millennium
    (pp. 295-356)

    In key ways the second half of the twentieth century wasla belle époquefor Canadian management education. The enrolment in business programs more than doubled each decade until the 1970s and even then continued to grow at a strong pace. Faculties of administration had accounted for less than 3 per cent of full-time enrolment at the baccalaureate level before 1950. By 1991 every Canadian university had constructed undergraduate business programs, propelling an increase in this share to 13 per cent of full-time, and 17 per cent of part-time, students. Between 1961 and 1991 the number of MBA programs quintupled,...

  17. Contributors
    (pp. 357-360)
  18. Index
    (pp. 361-371)