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Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Mimi Wolverton

Number of Pages



Cries for change have been heard by the nation's colleges and universities and their business schools, and reform is underway. Yet many continue to challenge the academy's readiness to meet modern challenges. How responsive are America's business schools to changing social needs? What lessons can they learn from the broader academic community of which they are apart? To answer these questions, we looked at the growing body of literature in these areas and queried six of this country's premiere public business schools directly. We found evidence to suggest that this nation's business schools are engaging with society and are doing so in ways that reflect their unique missions. The tactics used by this small subset of public business schools to enact their social compacts provide fodder for larger scale studies on this subject and serve as resources for other schools looking to expand their engagement efforts.


Business Schools; Civic Engagement; Elite; Exemplars; MBA; MBA Programs; Public; Responsibility; Schools; Search; Social; Social Responsibility

Controlled Subject

Education, Higher; Business education

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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