What is your discipline? Finance ………Can you distinguish between your “field” and your “subject?” The following definitions will help you understand the differences in these terms.
A discipline is “…an organized branch of human knowledge…” (Finance)
An academic field is “…a subject or group of related subjects studied in depth…”
What is your field?….( I believe we could make this Venture Capitalism… thats in finance right?)
A subject is “…any topic of study or discussion…”
Creating meaningful change is hard work. The central question I want you to answer with this paper is in what ways and to what degree does the knowledge generated in the discipline of business contribute to creating meaningful change and to solving the world’s greatest problems?
To answer this question you’re going to have to think broadly about the discpline of business and to consider the disciplines and sub-disciplines associated with business. You will have several data sources to draw upon to answer this question.
- Websites from business schools
- Websites from professonal organizations in business
- The Effective Executive
- Your book
- Articles and videos from class
Part 1. First of all you have to answer the following questions what is the knowledge generated in the discipline of business? What “subjects” (see above) define the fields of business? What questions are central to the discipline of business? What research methods are used in the discplines associated with business? What kinds of evidence are accepted in the disciplines of business?
Part 2. Next you have to consider how this knowledge has been applied to address global challenges. To do this, you have to have a sense of the discipline of business, the fields associated with business, and the subjects covered by business, and then to consider how these specific areas have been put to work in addressing the world’s greatest challenges. This also means you have to have a sense of the world’s greatest challenges.
After you’ve done this thinking you will be in a position to answer the central question above with depth, complexity, and specificty-which is how you’re going to be evaluated on this paper. Here’s the question again: in what ways and to what degree does the knowledge generated in the discipline of business contribute to creating meaningful change and to solving the world’s greatest problems.
If you don’t do the work of parts 1 and 2 above you will not be in position to answer the question in a complete way. Put another way, you’ll have to address parts 1 and 2 above in order to answer this question adequately.
So, I want you to approach this task in stages. First, I want you to answer the questions in part 1 by researching the websites of 4 business schools Think of the major universities in the world, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Oxford etc… Go visit the websites of their business schools and review the programs and faculty in detail. What programs are included? Think broadly about these programs and how they relate to academic journals and professional organizations. Think also about your book (especially, what questions does it answer, what evidence does it provide to back up its claims, and ultimately how is that knowledge applied in the world as represnted in the content of the book). Once you accomplish this work, you’ll be in a solid position to begin thinking about part 2.