A Historical Perspective on Social Expectations for Management Education: Training for Empire

  • Kay Gillis


The chapter summarises the history of management education for employment in India by the East India Company from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It illustrates the changing social expectations underlying British colonial rule, and how ‘training for Empire’ moved through a system of patronage and on-the-job training, to education to meet changing expectations of imperial administration. The East India Company came to an end in 1874 and India became the ‘jewel in the crown’ (Scott, The Raj quartet. Everyman, 2007) of the British government until Independence in 1947, the result of a freedom movement in India over nearly a century. The question remains, was education in ‘training for Empire’ entirely a form of cultural imperialism, or was it in effect a vital preparation for independence and nationhood?


Historical perspective East India Company Cultural imperialism Training for empire Colonial administrators Nationhood 


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  • Kay Gillis
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