Creating a Responsible Managerial Experience


  • John C. Aplin
  • Richard A. Cosier


Two interrelated questions face individuals attempting to educate future managers/executives [2]. The first question is one of intent. Should management education be directed toward an extensive understanding of, and appreciation for, organizational and behavioral theories? Or should such education be focused on the mastery and acquisition of the skills and insights needed to be successful as a manager? As any astute educator is aware, these goals are not mutually exclusive. Indeed theoretical knowledge that is not accompanied by ability to apply concepts is valueless. On the other hand, a manager who lacks an understanding of ~ things happen is reduced to “seat of the pants” management. For purposes of our discussion, we are assuming that “management education” consists of both competencies: theoretical understanding and mastery of managerial tasks.