Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 78, Issue 1–2, pp 199–206

The Unholy Alliance of Business and Science


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9329-5

Cite this article as:
Buchholz, R.A. & Rosenthal, S.B. J Bus Ethics (2008) 78: 199. doi:10.1007/s10551-006-9329-5


This paper will build on a recent article appearing in the Harvard Business Review that blamed the alleged crisis in management education on the scientific model that has been adopted as the sole means of gaining knowledge about human behavior and organizations. The solution, they argue, is for business schools to realize that business management is not a scientific discipline but a profession, and deal with the things a professional education requires. We will expand on this article and discuss its implications by looking at the scientific model from a philosophical perspective and dealing with the issue of whether management is a profession. Our discussion of these issues has implications for our understanding of business in society and the design of the business school curriculum.


management education science profession 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationLoyola University New OrleansDenverU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyLoyola University New OrleansDenverU.S.A.

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