Sample Article Review on Change management: Business Education

Article Review

  1. The article title: Change management: Business Education
  2. Author(s): The economist
  3.  Year of publication: 2013
  4.  Brief description of the study

According to the author, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is considered a success story. However, the MBA candidates have started questioning the return on investment of this pricey program. According to the study, MBA is transforming in several ways. For instance, currently the numbers of students that are undertaking the program has greatly increased, the times in which candidates studied a wide range of management knowledge with minimal specialization are ending. Currently, most of the MBA classes are customized to a specific industry. There has also been a great increase in tuition fee, for example Harvard’s tuition fees for the program has increased by about $ 2500.

  • The main purpose of this article

 The study describes the continuous rise in MBA since the time it was introduced outlining the ways in which the MBA programs are changing.

  • The key question(s) addressed by the author

The key questions addressed by the author include how the MBA program has succeed since the time it was introduced and what is the return on investment for the program given the fact that it is a very expensive program. The author also addresses the question that concerns the current teaching techniques and the skills the students gain when undertaking the program.

  • The key points in this article

The first key point of this editorial is the continuous rise of MBA success. The second point is the advantage of studying the course and what to gain after graduation. The third point is about the kind of skills the students are acquitted with when undertaking the course. The forth key point is about how business schools like Harvard are growing.

  • The main inferences/conclusions in this article are

From the article, it can be concluded that the MBA program has indeed continued to change from the time of its introduction. Initially, the course was only offered in a few well known educational institutions such as Harvard Business School, but presently it is available in almost all business schools globally. The number of students undertaking the program has also increased immensely. There have been a transformation in how the course is taught, putting more emphasis of the necessity of concentrating on finance.

  • The key concept we need to understand in this article is

The key concept in this article is that there must always be transformation in organizations and industries from the time that they are introduced. The changes may affect the industries negatively or positively and may depend on a number of factors such as the impact of the increasing technological developments or the nature of market in which it is being operated. In this case, MBA has transformed to be more successful and the demand of students to undertake the course has tripled.

  1. By these concepts the author means

By the above concept, the author means that transformations are bound to happen in any form of business whether it is for the better or the worse.

  1. The main assumption(s) underlying the author’s thinking is

The key assumption underlying the author’s reasoning is that MBA is a very marketable course and job opportunities for the course are numerous and available everywhere. This therefore explains why has always been a success.

  1. If we take this line of reasoning seriously, the implications are

The first implication will be that, many students will opt to undertake MBA course, since they are assured of future job opportunities that are well paid. The other implication will be that the tuition fees for the course will keep rising.

  1. What new research has been conducted in this topic? Provide 3 links to new research articles.

The new research that has been carried out in this topic include:

  1. The study that concerns what the business schools should know about the MBA graduates. The article that talks about this is available at
  2. The other related study compares the traditional MBA with the current MBA that emphasizes on specialization. This study is available at
  3. Another similar research is about the impact of MBA on the graduates’ career. Available at
  1. Brief description of each article research topic. Use the journal Abstract.

Article 1: According to the article “what every business schools need to know about its MBA Graduates”, The 1990s marked expansive times for the business schools in the U.S.A. however the past few years have experienced a great fall in demand for this once famous course. Presently, a number of the business schools are struggling to maintain their market share in the environment that is currently very competitive, but the most significant strategy should be surveying the graduates of this particular course to clearly understand the numerous ways for them to benefit from MBA.

Article 2: According to the article known as “Traditional MBA versus the MBA with specialization”, a tendency in MBA programs has been for the purpose of offering more specialization than the traditional extensive MBA course. This research outlines the recruitment nature of business as well as the curricula of the course making a comparison of the general MBA courses and the general MBA incorporated with specialization

Article 3: The article “less success than meets the eye” outlines the negative effects of MBA that have been circulated among different publications. This research also includes a test of legality of these kinds of rumblings through a survey carried out by the author where about 300 graduates of MBA were interviewed.

  1. What did you learn from the article?

What I learnt from the article is that positive changes attract more and more stakeholders into an industry. While the negative ones contribute to the underperformance of an organization.

  1. How has what you learned broadened your understanding of Organizational Behavior?

From what I have learnt, I can say that human are attracted with the good organizational performance. The successful organizations always work hard to maintain their competitive advantage so as to attract more human resources.

  1. Provide 3 Organizational Behavior examples from the article that demonstrates what you learned and how it changed or broadened your understanding of Organizational Behavior.
  2. Encouragement of what is best and discouragement of what is worst. With this kind of behavior, the employees will always thinking positively on the kind of measures to take for the company to be successful.
  3. Collaboratively being in support of the good causes. This is a positive kind of organizational behavior, which attracts all the potential stakeholders to share their ideas with the aid of good performance.
  4. Exclusion of dual standards. Having a common goal contributes much on the success of an organization

Works Cited

The economist. Business education: Change management. (2013).