Article review 10 June need greater encouragement as they are trying to applythe knowledge from other disciplines in MBA studies – this is the message Geraldine E. Hynes and Robert Stretcher send in their article A Missing Link in Business Schools. Much has been written and said about the quality of higher and MBA education and its implications for the quality of management decisions within organizations. However, Hynes and Stretcher look at the situation from an entirely different angle. While business schools are a crucial element in any managers’ professional success, there is still a problem linking various disciplines and departments into a single system of education (Hynes & Stretcher 207).
This is why the researchers suggest that “a much ignored synergy across disciplines, particularly between business communication and analytical subjects, would be beneficial to students” (Hynes & Stretcher 207). The implications of the study and its results are far reaching: students should be encouraged to recall the principles from one course or discipline in another discipline or course (Hynes & Stretcher 210). To achieve this goal, professors should develop collaborative ties, leading to improved transfer of learning across disciplines (Hynes & Stretcher 210). The results of this study are directly related to our course, mainly because we are expected to exhibit high professionalism and competency, as we are dealing with our learning tasks.
Here, we are also expected to apply our knowledge from previous disciplines and learn the principles of collaboration and integration through the entire course. However, the main question is in whether we have sufficient resources to make it happen. Another question is in what factors influence the transfer of learning from one discipline to another.
For example, Hynes and Stretcher suggest that teams’ dynamics predefine the quality of learning transfer in groups (210). As students, we definitely need greater support and assistance trying to adjust our learning demands to the collaborative needs of the learning community. Personally, the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge is of great value to all MBA students and future managers, who are to work in today’s globalized organizations. Through mergers and acquisitions, collaboration and integration, globalization and flexibility, boundaries between various academic disciplines are becoming blurred.
Management is no longer limited to managerial skills and decisions but stretches to cover finances, budgeting, marketing, advertising, HR, and strategic thinking. A manager is a multi-disciplinary personality, and only those who have the ability to recall and apply their knowledge across more than one discipline will have a chance to survive in a highly competitive globalized world. We, current and future managers, need to pay more attention to cross-disciplinary learning and engage in common research projects, to open the gateway for the free exchange of knowledge and learning between parties.
Works Cited Hynes, Geraldine E. and Robert Stretcher. “A Missing Link in Business Schools. ” Business Communication Quarterly, June (2008): 207-211.