Is Bologna working? Employer and graduate reflections of the quality, value and relevance of business and management education in four European Union countries

Jane Andrews, Helen Higson

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Abstract

This article focuses on the relevance of undergraduate business and management higher education from the perspectives of recent graduates and graduate employers in four European countries. Drawing upon the findings of an empirical qualitative study in which data was collated and analysed using grounded theory research techniques, the paper draws attention to graduates' and employers' perceptions of the value of higher education in equipping students with discipline-specific skills and knowledge as well as softer 'generic' skills. It also highlights the importance of formal 'work-based' learning within undergraduate curricula in providing students with the skills and experiences required by employers operating within a global workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12054
Pages (from-to)267-287
Number of pages21
JournalHigher Education Quarterly
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Andrews, J., & Higson, H. (2014). Is Bologna Working? Employer and graduate reflections of the quality, value and relevance of Business and Management Education in four European Union countries. Higher education quarterly, 68(3), 267-287, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hequ.12054/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

Keywords

  • graduate employment
  • higher education
  • Europe
  • skills
  • work-based learning

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