Dr. Walter Jarvis:
After 20 plus years as an executive & consultant across a broad range of industries (manufacturing and service), I arrived "late" for this my second career - as a management academic, with much questioning of (and serious disenchantment with) preparing graduates for leading and managing practice.
In my research & teaching I am keen to help restore the social, political & ecological contexts of trusting business & management to university-based management education. My research centres on what is taught (and more formatively, what is not taught) in preparing management graduates for greater & necessarily increasing public scrutiny of the social, economic & ecological impacts of their decisions and practice. I believe that an experience-based approach to learning is needed to enable management practitioner-scholars to firstly understand what it is like (to be "managed" and "to lead". Only then are students/novice practitioners able to value, develop & cultivate their own - & institutional building - action-guiding principles of leading, managing & inter-generational stewardship (of human dignity in the workplace). Directionally these become action-guiding principles - progressively on terms that warrant respect for vital roles to be played in the increasingly "wicked" situations that define our vulnerable, interdependent world.