How to move away from the silos of business management education?

Karoliina Nisula, Samuli Pekkola

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    Business management education is criticized for being too theoretical and fractional. Despite the numerous efforts to build integrated and experiential business curricula, learning is still organized in disciplinary silos. The curriculum integration efforts are carried out in separate sections of the curriculum rather than the core. There are theoretical, holistic models, but a lack of concrete examples of holistic business curriculum implementations. The authors bring the separate sections together by developing a holistic core curriculum model with three perspectives: a structure to bring intellectual coherence, people organized in learning communities, and an enterprise resource planning–supported learning environment to bring the practical training ground. The authors present a concrete implementation in a case study with first-year undergraduate business students and present their lessons learned.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-111
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Education for Business
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Curriculum integration
    • ERP system
    • learning community
    • learning environment

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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