On How Intercultural Management Education Can Increase the Societal Legitimacy of Business Schools

Madeleine Bausch


Chapter in Debating Business School Legitimacy  February 2023, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-12725-0_9


Business schools have been criticized for undermining ethical and social values and public interests, supporting a type of “academic capitalism.” However, more and better than other educational institutions, business schools dispose of the necessary resources to respond to these societal demands since they provide arenas of interdisciplinary and international encounter in which learning, development, and innovation take place. Surprisingly, despite their richness, many business schools do not yet fully exploit their potentials. In favor of business school education, and in line with a constructive approach, this chapter argues that Intercultural Management Education can help to increase societal business school legitimacy by highlighting the important roles of culture, ethics, human values, and language in business. More specifically, the chapter presents six dimensions of Intercultural Management Education and their contents and explains how they can respond to demands for increasing business school legitimacy.