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Abstract

In an increasingly complex world, managers must be prepared to meet a wide variety of challenges - technical, professional and human. Educators and employers have become concerned that traditional management studies are failing to prepare students for the realities they will face. They feel that today''s curriculum is necessary but not sufficient. As a result there is growing interest in developing new areas of focus for management studies that meet multiple needs of the many constituents and stakeholders of business schools. The paper develops two lines of thought. First, it outlines the general nature of the challenge by giving a broad overview of the concerns that suggest multiple methods of teaching and learning. Second, it examines one specific project. The project is helping teachers to use William Shakespeare''s historical drama Henry V in management studies supported by the video of Kenneth Branagh''s film. This paper considers ways that this play can open a rich, multiple discourse in the context of management education. Henry V is an excellent case study for courses in leadership, human behaviour and organisation. It encourages the study of leadership, ethics, communication style, writing and research skills. The paper presents detailed examples from Shakespeare''s play to reveal the uses of narrative, history and humanistic approaches to business education. It also analyses their value in developing personal engagement in leadership courses. Finally, the paper offers specific suggestions and exercises for effective teaching based on Shakespeare''s play, the Branagh film and parallel sources.

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Abstract

In an increasingly complex world, managers must be prepared to meet a wide variety of challenges - technical, professional and human. Educators and employers have become concerned that traditional management studies are failing to prepare students for the realities they will face. They feel that today''s curriculum is necessary but not sufficient. As a result there is growing interest in developing new areas of focus for management studies that meet multiple needs of the many constituents and stakeholders of business schools. The paper develops two lines of thought. First, it outlines the general nature of the challenge by giving a broad overview of the concerns that suggest multiple methods of teaching and learning. Second, it examines one specific project. The project is helping teachers to use William Shakespeare''s historical drama Henry V in management studies supported by the video of Kenneth Branagh''s film. This paper considers ways that this play can open a rich, multiple discourse in the context of management education. Henry V is an excellent case study for courses in leadership, human behaviour and organisation. It encourages the study of leadership, ethics, communication style, writing and research skills. The paper presents detailed examples from Shakespeare''s play to reveal the uses of narrative, history and humanistic approaches to business education. It also analyses their value in developing personal engagement in leadership courses. Finally, the paper offers specific suggestions and exercises for effective teaching based on Shakespeare''s play, the Branagh film and parallel sources.

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