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The Pedagogy of Business Schools

Title: The Pedagogy of Business Schools
Subject Classification: Education, Philosophy, Business and Management
BIC Classification: JNM, KJ, HP
BISAC Classification: BUS024000, EDU040000, PHI046000
Binding: Hardback, pp.266
Publication date: 1st August 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-232-9
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-233-6

Price: £79.99

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This book is a demonstration of how the interpretive phenomenology and hermeneutics of Hans Georg Gadamer can be applied to the study and practice of business pedagogy. The application of Existential Hermeneutic Phenomenology (EHP) uncovered underlying themes and essences that crossed internal pedagogical differences and debates within the Business Academy. This book has an implication for personal pedagogical practice as the essences uncovered by the research create indicators of action for professional educators. Also, the development of this form of Existential Hermeneutic Phenomenological demonstrates how the reflective techniques informed by Gadamer’s hermeneutics can be used to enhance the process of discursive exchange amongst key stakeholders in the evolution of Business pedagogy. 

There have been many books written on the principles and practices of business pedagogy but none have examined this from a phenomenological perspective. The book gives a suggested template in which the interpretive phenomenology of Gadamer can be used to conduct research into the themes and essences that underpin key relationships in this field. Books that examine this technique in other academic disciplines are also rare.


Author: Dr. Clayton Davies is Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Law, The University of the West of England, UK


"While current mainstream teaching practices across business schools are keen on supporting students with advanced theories and new concepts, Clayton’s book started with the fundamental issue in education which is how to make the effectively learning take place while the students are exposed to new concepts and theories, and how their understandings could be translated into actions in their management practices in the future. With a review of his own management career from 1980s, Clayton identified the key facilitating factors in translating his learning at London University to management practices, which has become an invaluable reflection for him to rethink the effective pedagogical approaches for the modern business school teachings. I would recommend this book for educators and students working and studying in social sciences subjects, to better understand how the effective learning and engagement take place not only in classroom settings but also in practical environments."

- Dr Ximing Ruan, University of the West of England, Fellow of Association for Project Management, Fellow of Higher Education Academy


"The Pedagogy of Business Schools' emerges as a timely literary exploration, critically chronicling the author's academic and extracurricular journey. A distinctive feature of the book lies in its compelling, engaging, sincere, and intimately personal narrative style, holding the reader's interest from inception to conclusion. Employing existential hermeneutic phenomenology, the book intricately navigates the complex interplay among business schools, students, and employers, shedding light on the core actors' comprehension of business pedagogy. In a market saturated with books on business pedagogy, this publication stands out as thought-provoking, engaging, and interesting, challenging fundamental assumptions about our perceptions of the tripartite relationship between business schools, students, and employers. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to business students, educators, and employers, offering practical and insightful perspectives that promise immense benefits."

- Professor Vikas Kumar, Birmingham City University

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