Education (Im)Possible: An Exploration of the Vulnerability of the Business Curriculum

Japie Heydenrych


Contemporary curricula are blamed for the many crises of today’s world. The perception is that with improved curricula, better-equipped, more competent and responsible candidates will take their position in society. However, in this discussion it is pointed out that the curriculum is inherently imperfect and that it cannot possibly address all expectations. Any curriculum may turn out to be something very different from what it was intended to be. Every graduate will enter the world with a different curricular experience, inadequate understanding and partially relevant knowledge. The curriculum can never be perfect if we recognize the uncertainty, unpredictability and complexity of human systems. The curriculum is vulnerable by default.


Curriculum, policy, knowledge, learning, teaching, complexity, postnormal

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