Redefining Executive Education

A new corps of business-school deans takes charge

As America's business-school students head to class this fall, they are being greeted by an extraordinarily large number of new deans. More than 100 schools, including Wharton, the University of California at Berkeley and Carnegie-Mellon, have installed new directors, many of whom intend to change curriculums and set new priorities.

Most of the new arrivals are stressing practical, hands-on experience, and quite a few are bringing with them extensive experience in government or major corporations. The emphasis on practicality amounts to a minirevolt against what some...

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