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Title: Second-career academics and the quality of business education

Authors: Liap-Teck Ong

Addresses: Faculty of Business Design & Arts, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia

Abstract: Strong competition among business schools globally exerts pressure for improvement in the delivery of quality business education. This has resulted in business schools recruiting business practitioners and professionals as academics, who are known as second-career academics. The quality of business education depends on, among other things, the academics who teach the business units. Accordingly, this study explores how these second-career academics impact the quality of business education through insights into their lived experience in teaching business units. Hence, a hermeneutic interpretive approach is adopted within a narrative inquiry for this study. Thirty-one second-career academics from business schools at eight universities across Malaysia were interviewed individually and in focus group discussions. The dataset was analysed thematically. The findings suggest that the values that they bring towards improvement in the quality of business education are their ability to facilitate authentic learning and holistic education.

Keywords: second-career academics; quality of business education; business schools; authentic learning; holistic education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJQI.2020.112344

International Journal of Quality and Innovation, 2020 Vol.5 No.1, pp.1 - 16

Received: 01 Aug 2019
Accepted: 18 Feb 2020

Published online: 12 Jan 2021 *

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