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Special Issue Call for Papers: The future of business education: relevance, impact and accreditation

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

Guest editors
Rihab Khalifa, Emirates Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (EILOA), United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Tim Mescon, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB.


Business education and the academy’s relationship to professional and commercial practices have gained significant importance, especially in the wake of recent corporate scandals and financial crisis. One of the ways by which the academy has sought to demonstrate its impact and relevance to community is through a third-party independent checks of quality, in the form of business schools and programs accreditation. While keywords such as impact, relevance, innovation are central to the various accreditation standards, their operationalization as well as impact remains largely unknown. While there has been numerous calls to strengthen the academy’s link to the business world, little research has questioned the relevance and impact of business education and research on the business community at large after the prevalence of accreditation trends amongst business schools from bodies such as AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

This special issue aims towards contributing to developing a meaningful partnership between business educators, accreditation agencies as well as industry at large. It will do so by discussing critical themes in business education such as responsible business education, innovation and outcome-based learning, the role of accreditation, research impact, and other topics.

The purpose of this special issue is to call for papers focusing on the future of business education, in particular with regards to its relevance and impact on society, and the pivotal role of accreditation agencies (local and international) in improving its offerings. More in detail, the question raised is related to those still unsolved issues that limit an effective administrative action within public organizations.Papers proposed for this special issue are welcomed on the suggested areas:

  • The limited relevance of business education and research to practice.   
  • Innovation in business education.
  • The role of accreditation agencies in bridging the gap between business schools and industry.
  • Academic rankings.
  • Responsible management education.
  • Rigour and relevance in business research.
  • Business education in the MENA region.
  • Assurance of learning.
  • The governance of academia.
  • The role of national qualifications framework in enhancing business education.
  • The role of ethics in business education.
  • Business education preparing students for multiple careers.

The above themes can be examined with regards to (but not limited to) the following research questions:

•    What is the future of business education in a rapidly changing business world?
•    How do accreditation agencies (national and international) contribute to the betterment of business education?
•    Could business schools prepare their students for multiple careers?
•    What is the role of assurance of learning in enhancing business education?
•    What is the impact of academic rankings on business education?
•    What role does innovation play in business education?
•    What is the role of accreditation bodies in bridging the gap between the academy and industry?
•    How to infuse the business school’s curriculum with ethical and responsible management education?


•    Papers will be reviewed according to the JEAS double-blind peer review process.
•    Please submit your paper online at When submitting your paper, please select the relevant title of the special issue.
•    Submissions should be prepared using the JEAS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines set here
•    The deadline for submissions is 1st November 2018.
•    Informal enquiries relating to the Special Issue, proposed topics and potential fit with the Special Issue objectives are welcomed. Please direct any questions to the guest editors Rihab and Tim at these e-mail addresses: [email protected] or [email protected]

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