What can managers learn online? Investigating possibilities for active understanding in the online MBA classroom



Goumaa, Rasha, Anderson, Lisa ORCID: 0000-0003-2574-5562 and Zundel, MO ORCID: 0000-0003-3618-4668
(2019) What can managers learn online? Investigating possibilities for active understanding in the online MBA classroom. Management Learning, 50 (2). 226 - 244.

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Abstract

Online MBAs have become integral to business schools’ portfolios and the number of MBA students opting for an online version looks set to grow. In the wake of well-documented critiques of traditional MBA formats, this expansion prompted us to examine the potential for critically reflexive learning ideals in asynchronous MBA learning environments. Building on the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, we elaborate elements of Bakhtin and Shotter’s dialogism to develop the notion of ‘active understanding’ as a means to study an online MBA classroom. We present two illustrative episodes to show how aspects of active understanding may unfold, and we point to the role of infrastructure, curriculum and instructor interventions in developing more genuine dialogical exchanges. Our findings suggest that online MBA course designers can learn from CoI approaches to which we add that critically reflexive learning is situationally sensitive; requiring the capacity to create and recognize nuance and difference in the written communication; making the other the focus of learning. We conclude with implications for pedagogy and technology infrastructure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: active understanding, Bakhtin, critical reflexivity, online MBA
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 09:55
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 07:38
DOI: 10.1177/1350507618800602
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3022133