How to Make it in(to) Management: The Role of Business Education in Changing Career Pathways in Germany

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)


This chapter discusses changes to career pathways for management positions in Germany. It concentrates on the active role higher education plays in forming such pathways, with a focus on business education. The German work world has been for a long time characterized as an expert culture that provided access to management positions in companies based on experience and specialization. However, the role of formalized and general management knowledge for such high-status positions has increased throughout the last decades. The chapter analyzes quantitative and structural changes in higher education that favor management education. It accounts for the increase in career services in business faculties that impact on career pathways by easing access into high-status companies. This is exemplified trough field evidence from one private business school.


Business Administration Germany Career Pathways Differentiation Career Service 


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  1. 1.Institute of SociologyMartin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany

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