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Record identifier : 569212
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Mays, Kathleen Westmoreland
Title and statement of responsibility : The role of undergraduate management education in bridging the theory-application gap: A quantitative and qualitative analysis [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Anderson University, 2009
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , Anderson University
Summary or Abstract : "Ultimately, we need a synthesis of theory and practice if we are to prepare thoughtful practitioners" (Raelin, 2007, p. 495). Even at the undergraduate level, business schools are doing the work of preparing practitioners. The literature shows much attention devoted to causes and proposed solutions to the theory-application gap in management. This study also builds on the 25-year longitudinal work done by Wren et al. (1980, 1994, 2007) which showed the surprising, simultaneous trends of increased emphasis on theory and increased use of application-oriented techniques.This study tested the existence of the theory-application gap in undergraduate management education based on professor beliefs and behaviors. Professors in the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) who teach undergraduate management courses completed an on-line survey. The survey results were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, and canonical correlation. A small number of professors from that group were then interviewed to explore the results and provide possible explanations for those results.This study produced quantitative and qualitative results. Quantitative results confirmed the existence of the gap by showing a distinct difference between theory and application emphasis, between theory techniques used and application techniques used, and between application emphasis and application techniques used. Canonical correlation results suggested that theory and application are connected significantly in ways that provide the basis for further, meaningful research. The qualitative phase of this research produced several valuable insights regarding the nature of the theory- application gap in undergraduate management education, the constraints that tend to prevent bridging the gap, and the various creative ways professors are bridging the gap between theory and application in their classrooms. Collectively, the quantitative and qualitative results answered many of the "what", "why", and "how" questions of theory and application.This research confirmed that, according to professors of undergraduate management education (in the CIC population), the theory-application gap exists. The results also show that being "high" on theory and application is both possible and necessary, though not prevalent in practice..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Management
: Business education
: Higher education
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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