Adding Makerspaces to Business School Value Chain

By Zachary Alexander on

There was a time after World War II when the only thing that returning veterans needed to do in order to secure their economic futures was to obtain a college degree. Now, a lot very serious people would advise returning veterans to attend business school. However, post-globalists should consider whether or not business schools are cable of keeping up with the current rate of techno economic change.

This blog segment is not suggesting that business school programs are standing still by any means. In fact, according the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), there have been significant changes over the past five years. For example, business ethics and entrepreneurship programs have been on the rise while e-commerce and quantitative methods have been on the wane.

On the other hand, you have to wonder just how quickly change can take place given the current structure of business schools. Critics often talk about the conflict between the demand for research notoriety by institutions and the need for instructional excellence by students. And most post-globalist would ask were does practical relevance fit in the overall scheme of things.

For returning veterans, the question has to be one of practical relevance and expedience. Many of these former service members have been out of the civilian workforce for almost a decade. And some have never truly entered it in any meaningful way. Unfortunately, the government service fallback option is no longer viable. Because, austerity and calls for more austerity will dominate public policy discussions for the foreseeable future.

Structurally, best practices and case studies will serve as the foundation of the business school experience. However, there is an opportunity to add more practical avenues like makerspaces to educational experience. Furthermore, these near real-time learning environments could be housed in community colleges. Community colleges already serve as a more component in man regional value chains.

Zachary Alexander