Business schools grapple with a high turnover of deans

“I have never known anything even approaching this level of change before.” This verdict on the current “musical chairs” playing out among the deans who hold the top jobs at business schools comes from Anne Kiem, chief executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

The changes are dramatic. Ms Kiem, whose organisation represents UK MBA providers, says: “In the past 12 months we have seen a third of our 120 members appoint new deans and there is a limited pool of candidates. Lots of people don’t want to move jobs and lots of faculty academics might fit the bill but do not want to take on what is a tough leadership role.”

This rapid turnover at the top of business schools, and the widening search for suitable candidates to fill leadership roles, is a global trend. In the past 12 months several longstanding deans have retired, such as Ted

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