Convergence and divergence dynamics in British and French business schools: how will the pressure for accreditation influence these dynamics?

Thomas, L., Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V. and Barton, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-5693-584X, 2014. Convergence and divergence dynamics in British and French business schools: how will the pressure for accreditation influence these dynamics? British Journal of Management, 25 (2), pp. 305-319. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

This paper focuses on convergence and divergence dynamics among leading British and French business schools and explores how the pressure for accreditation influences these dynamics. We illustrate that despite historical differences in approaches to management education in Britain and France, these approaches have converged partly based on the influence of the American model of management education but more recently through the pursuit of accreditation, in particular AASCB and EQUIS. We explore these dynamics through the application of the resource-based view of the firm and institutional theory and suggest that whilst achieving accreditation is a necessary precursor for international competition, it is no longer a form of competitive advantage. The pursuit of accreditation has fostered a form of competitive mimicry reducing national distinctiveness. The resource-based view of the firm suggests that the top schools need a more heterogeneous approach that is not easily replicable if they are to outperform the competitors. Consequently, the convergence of management education in Britain and France will become a new impetus for divergence. We assert that future growth and competitive advantage might be better achieved through the reassertion of national, regional and local cultural characteristics.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Convergence and divergence in British and French b-schools [running head]
Publication Title: British Journal of Management
Creators: Thomas, L., Billsberry, J., Ambrosini, V. and Barton, H.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 2014
Volume: 25
Number: 2
ISSN: 1045-3172
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10.1111/1467-8551.12007DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20808

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