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'One MBA'? How context impacts the development of post-MBA career outcomes

Houldsworth, E., McBain, R. and Brewster, C. (2019) 'One MBA'? How context impacts the development of post-MBA career outcomes. European Management Journal, 37 (4). pp. 432-441. ISSN 0263-2373

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2019.01.001

Abstract/Summary

Using survey data from alumni of one of the UK’s earliest and largest MBA programmes we explore how career capital, career outcomes and career satisfaction are impacted by learner context. We adopt comparative capitalisms theory to investigate whether graduates from a standardised programme marketed as ‘One MBA’ report broadly similar career outcomes irrespective of their work and study location. We find that despite the rhetoric around globalisation in management education there are differences that fit the theories of comparative capitalisms literature; thus supporting the view that, despite the global nature of MBA branding, context still plays a role in shaping learning and career outcomes as evidenced by differences reported here. Significant findings are reported in terms of the reported development of career capital ‘knowing how’; career satisfaction and perceived organisational support, however differences in terms of the achievement of objective career success (promotion and career mobility) were less pronounced.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:81629
Publisher:Elsevier

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