AACSB International's 2013 accreditation standards: Speculative implications for faculty and deans

Morgan P. Miles, Geralyn McClure Franklin, Kirk Heriot, Linda Hadley, Mary Hazeldine

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Purpose - The purposeofthis paperis to consider the implications of the 2013 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation Standards for both business faculty and their deans who are responsible for implementing these changes.

Design/methodology/approach - This paper is a speculative viewpoint on the implications of the 2013 AACSB standards by a set of a co-authors that include AACSB deans who are active in accreditation reviews and serve as mentors to schools in the accreditation process and senior faculty who have written self-studies for AACSB and served as consultants for schools seeking AACSB accreditation internationally.

Findings - The implications of the 2013 AACSB business accreditation standards are arguably positive for active scholars holding a relevant doctoral degree. For example, active and engaged scholarly faculty should appreciate the ability to use additional indicators of the impact of their career's intellectual contributions (IC) including, but not limited to, citations, editor ships, professional leadership positions and other measures of professional esteem.

Research limitations/implications - The implications of the 2013 AACSB accreditation standards for deans are potentially less positive. The new standards codify one of the deans' major duties - that of ensuring that the faculty have resources adequate to support the school's mission. Originality/value - This paper represents a starting point for understanding the implications of the 2013 AACSB accreditation standards, and that as the standards are operationalized over the subsequent years that these standards, like the previous changes in AACSB standards, will stimulate additional research on business school accreditation. The implications for both faculty and deans are speculative, but are grounded both by the literature and experience of the authors. The paper uses a set of tables to illustrate the impact of the new AACSB standards with examples for each guiding principle and standard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-107
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of International Education in Business
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2014


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