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In today’s VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, where businesses are evolving at a rapid pace and technology has brought creative disruption, a change in management approaches and hence in MBA education is a given. The article aptly covers areas and factors influencing this change keeping into mind the student, business environment and the future requirement. As a student of SPJIMR, having just started my MBA journey, due to the revised curriculum I am aware of the various challenges that would be thrown at future managers. The awareness comes from the knowledge that the skills, attitudes and knowledge by the future manager would be different from the attributes today. As a part of the subject on Management: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (an example of an evolved curriculum as discussed by the author) I asked my friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances working in management and non-management roles about the perception of a future manager, what attributes they associate the manager with and what needs to be learnt today to be a future ready. I got different answers from people with different ages and professions but the common theme revolved around a manager having multiple perspectives and being able to handle his/her team better. It implied that good people skills and adaptability are the key characteristics a manager must have and the emphasis has shifted from knowledge based learning to experiential learning. Being aware of the new perspectives requires having knowledge of the world around, the different sciences, and also arts. Having a course on liberal arts after joining a B school was quite unexpected but as a part of curriculum when I not only read texts like Plato’s Apology, Wasps of Darwin, De-schooling, Bhavad Gita, Mark Anthonoy’s speech, etc. but also related it to management in the course Management and Liberal Arts, it gave me a fresh perspective. This would have not been possible had the B school continued with its traditional form of teaching. Talking about pedagogy, non-classroom learning enables me to learn about organizing and scheduling events, managing my time, working as team and at the same time concentrating on my studies and extra curriculars. Having to learn about multiple streams also helps in achieving a holistic view about the situation which will aid in providing solutions. Though the aim should be to de-stress students by restricting them to only gaining knowledge, learning to apply knowledge has become a must because of the requirements put on todays’ and tomorrows’ manager. And while students might absorb most of the knowledge when given adequate time, working on important and urgent situations and crunch timelines has become an art that students need to master. MBA education has come a long way from what it was in its inception. Not all theories assumed true previously are applicable today and in future with advent of AI and IOT the future their existence might be questionable. Management education which teaches students to be technologically adaptable and agile will be the key for the future.

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